The Knowledge of Love


“You only have I known of all the families of the earth” (Amos 3:2). Not long after creation Adam knew his wife Eve. He had intimate relations with her. On the last day Christ will say to the goats, “Depart from me I never knew you.” Plainly it is not the case that God only knew the people of Israel among all the nations in Amos or Christ, the judge, does not know all men—we are here seeing examples of the knowledge of love. When Christ says on the last day, “I never knew you” he means I never loved you (reprobation!) To reveal yourself, expose yourself if you will, you must love the one you are with. Christ calls his disciples, and all his people, his friends, by revealing himself and thus his Father to them (John 15:15). The great need of all men is to know God which is eternal life (John 17:3). To not know him intimately is separation from him in this life and the next, namely eternal death (hell). For the Christian believer the knowledge of God, more and more, is vital for Spiritual strength (Dan.11:32). The knowledge of God, and he of us by grace, is the blessed covenant of God. We grow in our knowledge of God by regular exposure to his word by every means especially preaching. The regular intake of sound apostolic* teaching in a true church leads to strong healthy Christians. Are you growing (II Peter 3:18) in the knowledge of God?




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