In His Love and Pity, God Came to Us

In His love and pity God came to us as Christ.  This has been the consistent position of the Church from the days of the apostles.  It is fixed for Christian belief in the doctrine of the incarnation of the Eternal Son.  In recent times, however, this has come to mean something different from, and less than, what it meant to the early church.  The Man Jesus as He appeared in the flesh has been equated with the Godhead and all His human weaknesses and limitations attributed to the Deity.  The truth is that the Man who walked among us was a demonstration, not of unveiled deity but of perfect humanity.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 30

Unbelief is Actually Perverted Faith

Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust not in the living God but in dying men.  The unbeliever denies the self-sufficiency of God and usurps attributes that are not his.  This dual sin dishonors God and ultimately destroys the soul of the man.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 30

A God Who Needs Defending?

A God who must be defended is one who can help us only while someone is helping Him.  We may count upon Him only if He wins in the cosmic seesaw battle between right and wrong.  Such a God could not command the respect of intelligent men; He could only excite their pity.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 30

The True Drive Behind Much Christian Service

I fear that thousands of younger persons enter Christian service from no higher motive than to help deliver God from the embarrassing situation His love has gotten Him into and His limited abilities seem unable to get Him out of.  Add to this a certain degree of commendable idealism and a fair amount of compassion for the underprivileged and you have the true drive behind much Christian activity today.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 29

One’s Belief Has No impact

Were all human beings suddenly to become blind, still the sun would shine by day and the stars by night, for these owe nothing to the millions who benefit from their light.  So, were every man on earth to become an atheist, it could not affect God in any way.  He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other.  To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 29

God Cannot Be Elevated

Since He is the Being supreme over all, it follows that God cannot be elevated.  Nothing is above Him, nothing beyond Him.  Any motion in His direction is elevation for the creature; away from Him, descent.  He holds His position out of Himself and leave of none.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 29

It Arises from His Sovereign Good Pleasure

To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being.  Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator.  God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made but He has no necessary relation to anything outside of Himself.  His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in Himself.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 28

The Deep Cry of Every Man

This “What shall we do?” is the deep heart cry of every man who suddenly realizes that he is a usurper and sits on a stolen throne.  However painful, it is precisely this acute moral consternation that produces true repentance and makes a robust Christian after the penitent has been dethroned and has found forgiveness and peace through the gospel.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25

Sin in its Concentrated Essence

That is sin in its concentrated essence; yet because it is natural it appears to be good.  It is only when in the gospel the soul is brought before the face of the Most Holy One without the protective shield of ignorance that the frightful incongruity is brought home to the conscience.  In the language of evangelism the man who is thus confronted by the fiery presence of Almighty God is said to be under conviction.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25