We Are Paying Too Heavy of a Price and it Shows

It is not a cheerful thought that millions of us who live in a land of Bibles, who belong to churches and labor to promote the Christian religion, may yet pass our whole life on this earth without once having thought or tried to think seriously about being of God.  Few of us have let our hearts gaze in wonder at the I AM, the self-existent Self back of which no creature can think.  Such thoughts are too painful for us.  We prefer to think where it will do more good – about how to build a mousetrap, for instance, or how to make two blades of grass grow where no only grew before.  And for this we are now paying a too heavy price in the secularization of our religion and the decay of our inner lives.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 23

Understandable Uneasiness for the Uncreated

The human mind, being created, has an understandable uneasiness about the Uncreated.  We do not find it comfortable to allow for the presence of One who is wholly outside of the circle of our familiar knowledge.  We tend to be disquieted by the thought of One who does not account to us for His being, who is responsible to no one, who is self-existent, self-dependent and self-sufficient.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 22-23

Where Did Gd Come From?

The child by his question, “Where did God come from? is unwittingly acknowledging his creaturehood.  Already the concept of cause and source and origin is firmly fixed in his mind.  He knows that everything around him came from something other than itself, and he simply extends that concept upward to God.  The little philosopher is thinking in true creature-idiom and, allowing for his lack of basic information, he is reasoning correctly.  He must be told that God has not origin, and he will find this hard to grasp since it introduces a category with which he is wholly unfamiliar and contradicts the bent toward origin-seeking so deeply ingrained in all intelligent beings, a bent that impels them to probe ever back and back toward undiscovered beginnings.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 22

Nothing Is Self-Created

Origin is a word that can apply only to things created.  When we think of anything that has origin we are not thinking of God.  God is self-existent, while all created things necessarily originated somewhere at some time.  Aside from God, nothing is self-cause.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 22

The Roles of The Three Persons in the Holy Trinity in Creation

A popular belief among Christians divide the work of God between the three Persons, giving a specific part to each, as, for instance, creation to the Father, redemption to the Son and regeneration to the Holy Spirit.  This is partly true but not wholly so, for God cannot so divide Himself that one Person works while another is inactive.  In the Scriptures the three Persons are shown to act in harmonious unity in all the mighty works that are wrought throughout the universe.

In the Holy Scriptures the work of creation is attributed to the Father (Genesis 1:1), to the Son (Colossians 1:16), and to the Holy Spirit (Job 26:13 and Psalms 104:30).  The incarnation is shown to have been accomplished by the three Persons in full accord (Luke 1:35), though only the Son became flesh to dwell among us.  At Christ’s baptism the Son came up out of the water, the Spirit descended upon Him and the Father’s voice spoke from heaven (Matthew 3:16-17).  Probably the most beautiful description of the work of atonement is found in Hebrews 9:14, where it is stated that Christ, through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God; and there we behold the three persons operating together.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 19-20

We Grant Mystery Here, but not Confusion

To redeem mankind the Eternal Son did not leave the bosom of the Father; while walking among men He referred to Himself as “the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father,” and spoke of Himself again as “the Son of man which is in heaven.”  We grant mystery here, but not confusion.  In His incarnation the Son veiled His deity, but He did not void it.  The unity of the Godhead made it impossible that He should surrender anything of His deity.  When He took upon Him the nature of man, He did not degrade Himself or become even for a time less than he had been before.  God can never become less than Himself.  For God to become anything that He has not been is unthinkable.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 18-19