The Knowledge of the Holy: Why We Must Think Rightly About God

Knowledge of the Holy

[Editor’s Note: This is a 23-Day Series exploring different aspects of God’s nature and personality, using Tozer’s “The Knowledge of the Holy” as a discussion starter. You can read the introduction of the series here.]

Today is the first day in our journey with Tozer through the Knowledge of the Holy.  Like any good author, Tozer seeks to convince us first that the journey is worth the effort. Why should we be concerned about knowing God? Why should how we think about God matter to us? Does it matter at all?

Tozer argues convincingly that it does. In fact, He argues that our spiritual lives, both as individuals and as churches, rises and falls based on what we think about God. In our spiritual lives, we move towards our perception of who God is, whether we know it or not. Over and over again the Scriptures say that we become like what we behold. We will become like the skewed images of God that we have.  “To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd,” (Psalm 18:26). He goes on to argue that the heart of idolatry is recreating God in the image of ourselves. This erodes our worship of Jesus and our ability to follow Him wholeheartedly.

For me this morning, Tozer’s words are strong medicine.  Within the last ten or fifteen years the church has undergone a revolution of sorts, where we’ve discovered that many of our beliefs about Christianity were inherited from our fathers rather than given from God. And the result has been at times a healthy questioning of a doctrine or practice and other times a denial of an essential truth of Christianity. I fear often that instead of an honest desire to know Christ, we are really remaking God in the image of our culture and the result is a Christianity that doesn’t look like it’s Christ.

This is why this journey is so important. Not so that we can say we know theology, but so that our lives can grow up into the image of Him who is the Head.

So, that’s my take on today’s chapter. Now it’s your turn. In the comments, leave a brief thought that struck you from Chapter 1 of “The Knowledge of the Holy.”

Day 1: Why We Must Think Rightly About God

Day 2: God Incomprehensible

Day 3: A Divine Attribute: Something True About God

Day 4: The Holy Trinity

Day 5: The Self Existence of God

Day 6: The Self Sufficiency of God

Day 7: The Eternity of God

Day 8: God’s Infinitude

Day 9: The Immutability of God

Day 10: The Divine Omniscience

Day 11: The Wisdom of God

Day 12: The Omnipotence of God

Day 13: The Divine Transcendence

Day 14: God’s Omnipresence

Day 15: The Faithfulness of God

Day 16: The Goodness of God

Day 17: The Justice of God

Day 18: The Mercy of God

Day 19: The Grace of God

Day 20: The Love of God

Day 21: The Holiness of God

Day 22: The Sovereignty of God

Day 23: The Open Secret

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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  1. The Knowledge of the Holy: God Incomprehensible | Pursuing Glory - April 2, 2015
  2. The Knowledge of the Holy: A Divine Attribute: Something True About God | Pursuing Glory - April 3, 2015
  3. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Holy Trinity | Pursuing Glory - April 6, 2015
  4. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Self Existence of God | Pursuing Glory - April 7, 2015
  5. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Self Suffieciency of God | Pursuing Glory - April 8, 2015
  6. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Self Sufficiency of God | Pursuing Glory - April 8, 2015
  7. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Eternity of God | Pursuing Glory - April 9, 2015
  8. The Knowledge of the Holy: God’s Infinitude | Pursuing Glory - April 10, 2015
  9. The Knowledge of the Holy: God’s Immutability | Pursuing Glory - April 13, 2015
  10. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Divine Omniscience | Pursuing Glory - April 14, 2015
  11. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Wisdom of God | Pursuing Glory - April 15, 2015
  12. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Omnipotence of God | Pursuing Glory - April 16, 2015
  13. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Divine Transcendence | Pursuing Glory - April 17, 2015
  14. The Knowledge of the Holy: God’s Omnipresence | Pursuing Glory - April 20, 2015
  15. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Faithfulness of God | Pursuing Glory - April 21, 2015
  16. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Goodness of God | Pursuing Glory - April 22, 2015
  17. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Justice of God | Pursuing Glory - April 23, 2015
  18. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Mercy of God | Pursuing Glory - April 24, 2015
  19. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Grace of God | Pursuing Glory - April 27, 2015
  20. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Love of God | Pursuing Glory - April 28, 2015
  21. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Holiness of God | Pursuing Glory - April 29, 2015
  22. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Sovereignty of God | Pursuing Glory - April 30, 2015
  23. The Knowledge of the Holy: The Open Secret | Pursuing Glory - May 1, 2015
  24. Coming April 1: A Journey In The Knowledge of the Holy | Pursuing Glory - May 5, 2015

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