Knowing God

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What does it mean to "know the Lord"? God wants His people to have more than an intellectual understanding of the principles of His kingdom - more than a mere awareness of His existence. His desire for man is that he might enter into a very personal and intimate relationship with his God.

A. This is not a "head knowledge" (Jeremiah 9:23-24), but a "heart knowledge" (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

B. It is not a revelation of facts or intellectual truths, but a personal revelation of The Truth (Jesus Christ).

2 Timothy 3:7 C. Israel knew the works of God, but Moses knew His ways.

Psalms 103:7 Hebrews 3:10 (Psalms 95:10) D. Knowing about God is not enough; we can know Him personally. God desires us to enter into a realm of experience higher than the initial salvation experience.

1 Timothy 2:4 II. The knowledge of God is progressive.

Hosea 6:3 A.

Now "we know in part." 1 Corinthians 13:9-12 B. Scripture says that we increase in the knowledge of Him.

Ephesians 1:17 Colossians 1:9-10 2 Peter 3:18 C. One day the knowledge of the Lord shall fill all the earth. Then shall we know even as we are known.

Jeremiah 31:33 Habakkuk 2:14 1 Corinthians 13:12 1. We are betrothed to know the Lord.

Hosea 2:19-20 2. He has given us a heart to know Him.

Jeremiah 24:7 1 John 5:20 3. "They shall all know Me." Jeremiah 31:33, 34 III. God really desires for us to get to know Him.

A. "Let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me ... for in these things I delight. saith the Lord." Jeremiah 9:24 B. "For I desired mercy ... and the knowledge of God ..." Hosea 6:6 C. "Who will have (desires) all men to be saved,