Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with the vast amount of information, history, promises and truths within the Bible? It was not uncommon for people in the early church to have entire books of the Bible memorized, but even rote memorization does not immediately enlighten us to the countless truths found therein.
We know that God, the author of Scripture, is so vast that we cannot comprehend or know everything about Him. He is infinite. This is part of the reason we will exist eternally after death, so as to continue to learn and love more about Him. At our moment of glorification, we will have a level of perfected knowledge: we will understand why things happened and how they all orchestrated to God’s glory:
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.”
– 1 Cor 13.9-10
God has revealed to us everything that we need for this life and for Godliness. And to that end, there is a very real expectation that we know what He has revealed to us to know!
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
– 2 Peter 1.2-3
And did you know that Paul prayed for the Ephesian Church, that they would know the love of Christ “which surpasses knowledge”? He prays that believers would know that which is beyond knowing!
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
– Eph 3.14-19
Our Spiritual life is not just an attribute of our personality. Our salvation is not just fire insurance from Hell. Our walk with God is not an inoculation that keeps us spiritually healthy. God has revealed Himself to us, to a measure, and wants us to know Him! He already knows everything about us, there is nothing more that He can learn – He created, ordained and orchestrated everything about us. But we can always learn more about Him.
Do you want to get to judgment day and confess that you never read the book He wrote for you? Do you want to claim ignorance as your excuse? Let us press into God. There is no greater joy. Let us pray for one another, that we would love and know Him in that great measure, “beyond knowledge”. Let us spend time with Him, be transformed by Him, and love Him with everything we have.