Faith and Knowledge
The word knowledge in the Bible means an understanding or an acknowledgment of a spiritual matter. This realization must lead to a deep appreciation for and relationship with Him through trust. The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” The dictionary defines it as trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.
For the Christian, knowing God implies a relationship. For example, when the Bible says that “Adam knew Eve his wife” (Genesis 4:1), it means he had a loving union with her. Jesus used the word know to refer to His saving relationship with those who follow Him: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14).
Knowing God leads to action. The good shepherd who knows the sheep of his flock, takes a loving interest in them; the sheep, in turn, knowing their shepherd, have full confidence in Him and follow His steps. The relationship between God and His children grows by a daily connection to God through study of the Word, praying, claiming His promises by faith, and witnessing (John 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 10:9).
The wisest man said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). A reverence for God will lead to a willing obedience, worship and praise to Him. Thus, human education, apart from God, doesn’t lead to eternal life. The Bible refers to it as worthless because it is not moved by loving faith (1 Corinthians 13:2).
Knowing God is the most valuable thing a human being can possess, yet in itself it can’t save anyone. James writes, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:19,20). Demons believe in the existence of God (Mark 3:11; 5:7). Their belief may be intellectually correct, but they remain demons nevertheless. They lack the faith that transforms the life and produces obedience to God and holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1).
In His service,