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An brief note donated by Walter Kirchbauer

"The wisdom of the fathers: Knowing God"

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A right concept of God is basic not only to systematic theology but to practical living as well. It is to worship, what the foundation is to the temple; where it is inadequate or out of plumb, the whole structure must sooner or later collapse. I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about

It is my opinion that the Christian concept of God, currently, is so decadent as to utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity.

All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God: That He is, what He is like, and what we as moral beings must do about Him.

The man who comes to the right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the only mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled one upon another.

That mighty burden is his obligation to God. It includes an instant and lifelong duty to love God with every power of the mind and soul, to obey Him perfectly, and to worship Him acceptably. And when the man's labouring conscience tells him that he has done none of these things, but has from childhood been guilty of foul revolt against the Majesty in the heavens, the inner pressure of self-accusation may become to heavy to bear.

From "The Knowledge of the Holy One" by A. W Tozer:

"The gospel can lift this destroying burden from the mind, give beauty for ashes, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. But unless the weight of the burden is felt, the gospel can mean nothing to the man; and until he sees a vision of God high and lifted up, there will be no woe and no burden. Low view of God destroy the gospel for all who hold them." 1

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  1. book cover image A.W. Tozer, "The Knowledge of the Holy," CrossReach Publications (2014). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store Available for $17.64 in hardcover, $8.11 in paperback, or $0.80 in Kindle format!

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Originally published: 2015-MAY-30
Last updated 2015-MAY-30
Author: Walter Kirchbauer

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