No Higher Knowledge

“Growth in knowledge is indispensable to growth in holiness. Indeed, knowledge and holiness are even more intimately linked than as a means and end. For the “knowledge” which Paul prays is more Hebrew than Greek in concept; it adds the knowledge of experience to the knowledge of understanding. More than this, it emphasizes ‘the knowledge of him’ (Eph. 1:17), of God himself personally, as the context within which we ‘may know what is…’ (Eph. 1:18), that is, may come to know truths about him. There is no higher knowledge than the knowledge of God himself. As Adolphe Monod expressed it: ‘Philosophy taking man for its centre says know thyself; only the inspired word which proceeds from God has been able to say know God.’ ”

– John Stott, The Message of Ephesians, p.54

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