“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
Whatever notional knowledge men may have of Divine truths, as they are doctrinally proposed in the Scripture, yet if they know them not in their respect unto the person of Christ, as the foundation of the counsels of God and if they discern not how they proceed from Him and center in Him, there will be no saving spiritual light in their understandings. For all spiritual life and light are in Him, and from Him alone.
The difference between believers and unbelievers, as to knowledge, is not so much in the matter of their knowledge, as in the manner of knowing. Some unbelievers may know more and be able to say more of God, His perfections and will, than many believers. But they know nothing as they ought, nothing in a right manner, nothing spiritually and savingly, nothing with a holy, heavenly light. The excellency of a believer is not that he has large apprehensions of things — but that what he does apprehend (which may perhaps be very little), he sees in the light of the Spirit of God, in a saving, soul-transforming light. And this is that which gives us communion with God, and not prying thoughts or curious raised notions.
In this knowledge, Lord, give me to increase every day, making me willing to sit at His feet and to learn of Him as He, in His gracious love, shall see meet to teach me. Jesus, be my teacher, for none teaches like You. If You teach me, I shall be truly wise.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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