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The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life Paperback – October 6, 2009
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"A popular book on the attributes of God, and one that is readable!" -- Eternity
"Recovers lost aspects of the biblical faith for contemporary Christianity." -- Book News Letter
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This classic of Christian testimony and devotion explores the attributes of God in words that fly straight to the heart. A superb aid to strengthening and deepening the spiritual life, each chapter begins with a prayer, lucidly discusses a divine aspect--from God's infinity to God's love--and relates that aspect to today's world, while pointing always to God's wonder and inscrutability.
Tozer asserts that the cause of many of our modern spiritual woes is the loss in today's church of a lofty concept of God. He argues persuasively that the cure lies in our rediscovery of God's majesty. "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us," he writes. "The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man's spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God." The Knowledge of the Holy bears eloquent witness to the concept of God's majesty, encourages reverent meditation on the being of God, and offers a way to bring back spiritual power to our lives.
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And a very heavy one as well. The author makes clear what's at stake on page 2, writing, "It is my opinion that the Christian conception of God current in these middle years of the twentieth century is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity". And he goes on, "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".
But how can man, the creature, put words around his Creator? How do we describe the indescribable?
Tozer quotes the Spanish mystic Miguel de Molinas, "We think more loftily of God, by knowing that He is incomprehensible, and above our understanding, than by conceiving Him under any image, and creature beauty, according to our rude understanding".
The means the author finds to talk about that which is really beyond words is through a discussion of the attributes of God. Attributes, in this context, are "whatever God has in any way revealed as being true of Himself". And so in talking about these attributes of God, God Himself is not limited or contained; no claim is made as to their completeness. In this way Tozer finds the path to use words in describing God without diminishing Him through the limits of language.
The revealed truths that he takes us through are God's triune nature, His self-existence, His self-sufficiency, His eternity, His infinitude, His immutability, His omniscience, His wisdom, His omnipotence, His transcendence, His omnipresence, His faithfulness, His goodness, His justice, His mercy, His grace, His love, His holiness, and His sovereignty.
What did God say when Moses asked how He should be referred to? He said, "This is what you are to say to the Israelites, `I Am has sent me to you'".
My only trouble is that sometimes exact definitions of attributes are not given, and verses are quoted but not exactly referenced.
Otherwise great work that has definitely grown me in my faith and encouraged me to know God more.
The book aims to surface the many perfect aspects of God's person(s) and remind us of how incredible He is.
It's our awe in Him that ultimately changes the way we respond and think about life. Especially His love and power and "eternalness".
I loved nearly every page of this book. I can't wait to read it again. I don't want to lose my perspective of our amazing God - I want it to drive my charge after this love relationship with Him and His people, our brothers and sisters.