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


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

Man is Born a Rebel

Because man is born a rebel, he is unaware that he is one.  His constant assertion of self, as far as he thinks of it all, appears to him a perfectly normal thing.  He is willing to share himself, sometimes even to sacrifice himself for a desired end, but never to dethrone himself.  No matter how far down the scale of social acceptance he may slide, he is still in his own eyes a king on a throne and no one, not even God, can take that throne from him.

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

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

The Soul Senses Its Origins and Longs to Return to its Source

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

A Legacy Undimmed and Undiminished

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