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Important Knowledge

February 8, 2011

The late James Montgomery Boice wrote a “systematic” theology which was based on sermons he first delivered at Tenth Presbyterian Church. These are what my professors at Liberty had me “cut my teeth” on when it came to first learning the doctrines of grace. IVP has for years published them in their entirety as a single volume entitled Foundations of the Christian Faith. Today, a few reminders from it about the importance of knowing God:

1) First, knowledge of God is important, for only through the knowledge of God can an individual enter into what the Bible terms eternal life.

2) Second, knowledge of God is important because, as pointed out earlier, it also involves knowledge of ourselves.

3) Third, the knowledge of God also gives us knowledge of this world: its good and its evil, its past and its future, its purpose and its impending judgment at the hand of God. In one sense, this is an extension of the point just made. If knowledge of God gives us knowledge of ourselves, it also inevitably gives us knowledge of the world; for the world is mostly the individuals who compose it written large.

4) A fourth reason the knowledge of God is important is that it is the only way to personal holiness (and “without it, no one will see the Lord,” Hebrews 12:14).

James M. Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, 23-25.

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