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The aim is, to know the Lord


 

 

The aim is, “to know the Lord.” For the soul to be without knowledge is not good. All the operations of the Spirit are begun and carried on in the renewing of the mind. Nothing can be moral or religious in our dispositions and actions that is not founded in knowledge, because it must be destitute of principle and motive and the Lord looketh at the heart. Real repentance must arise from proper views of the evil of sin, in connection with the cross of Christ. “They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced, and shall mourn for Him.” Even faith is impossible without knowledge: “For how can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?” “This,” says the Saviour, “is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.” This declaration not only decides the importance of this knowledge, but also the nature of it. It is not a philosophical knowledge of God as an almighty Being, the Maker and Upholder of all things; or even a knowledge of Him as holy in all His ways, and righteous in all His works. Such views of Him alone, must, on the mind of a sinner, gender dread and aversion. The grand thing in the restoration of a fallen and guilty creature is, to know that He is reconcilable; that He is willing, even now, to become our friend and has already given undeniable proof that He is waiting to be gracious, and is exalted to have mercy upon him. And all this is only to be seen in the only begotten of the Father, Who has declared Him. God in nature, is God above me; God in providence, is God beyond me; God in law, is God against me; but God in Christ, is God for me and with me. Neither is this knowledge of Him a merely speculative acquaintance with Him, such as men may possess who behold and wonder and perish. There is a great difference between the decisions of the judgment, and the bias of the will; between the convictions of the conscience, and the submission and acquiescence of the heart. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” “I will give them a heart to know me.” “He hath shined in our heart, to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”


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