Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great deep sacred infinitude of Neo-science, whither we can never penetrate, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical, and more, to whosoever will think of it. (Quote of Thomas Carlyle)
These penetrating, almost prophetic, words were written more than a century ago, but not all the breath-taking advances of science and technology since that time have invalidated one word or rendered obsolete as much as one period or comma. Still we don’t know.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 16-17
Every man lives by faith, the nonbeliever as well as the saint; the one by faith in natural laws and the other by faith in God. Every man throughout his entire life constantly accepts without understanding. The most learned sage can be reduced to silence with one simple question, “What?” The answer to that question lies in the abyss of unknowing beyond any man’s ability to discover. “God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof” but mortal man never.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 16
The divine attributes are what we know to be true of God. He does not possess them as qualities; they are how God is as He reveals Himself to His creatures. Love, for instance, is not something God has and which may grow or diminish or cease to be. His love is the way God is, and when He loves He is simply being Himself. And so with other attributes.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 14-15
The idea that God reveals Himself in the creation is not held with much vigor by modern Christians; but it is, nevertheless, set forth in the inspired Word, especially in the writings of David and Isaiah in the Old Testament and in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans in the New.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 13
“What is God like?” If by that question we mean “What is God like in Himself?” there is no answer. If we mean “What has God disclosed about Himself that the reverent reason can comprehend?” there is, I believe, an answer both full and satisfying. For while the name of God is secret and His essential nature incomprehensible, He in condescending love has by revelation declared certain things to be true Himself. These we call His attributes.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 10
That God can be known by the soul in tender personal experience while remaining infinitely aloof from the curious eyes of reason constitutes a paradox best described as:
Darkness to the intellect but sunshine to the heart.
– Frederick W. Faber
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 9-10
Christ won the battle of Calvary against sin and won the cosmic war against Satan. He wins over carnal logismoi (idolatrous constructions that provide alternative accounts and answers to the fundamental questions of life. They are spiritual metanarratives that shape people’s lives, deviating them from the truth of Christ) and calls all men to repent and believe in Him. Christ’s victory is the reason we can engage in this spiritual battle with the right spiritual weapons, loving our neighbors but being relentlessly against everything that hinders the way of salvation.
– de Chirico, Lenoard; TableTalk; “Strongholds and Supremecy”; January, 2019; p. 37
Everyone has a creed. Even those Christians who claim that their “only creed is Christ” have a creed, because the very moment they begin to explain what they believe about Christ, they are in fact reciting their creed about Christ. In truth, its impossible not to have a creed. So the question is this: Is our creed carefully formulated and written down, biblically and doctrinally orthodox, and attested to by faithful forefathers of the church? Or is it based on our own authority and clever invention, always changing according to the last internet post we read or according to our own doctrinal whim?
Parson, Burk; “Five New Points of Old Heresy”; Tabletalk; January, 2019; p. 2
Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about and all the sublime ideas we have entertained.
The yearning to know What cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the Unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and land locked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its Source.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 8-9
The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him – and of her. In all her prayers and labors this should have first play. We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 5