The Berean Expositor
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Col. 1: 9, 10 gathers up these factors into one prayer, and leads on to the goal
expressed in the opening words of Eph. 1: 17. "For this cause we also, since the day we
heard (heard what? Their faith, their love, their hope, their fruit--all that had been
prayed for in Eph. 1:; 3:; and Phil. 1:), do not cease to pray for you" (What! is there
something more? Had they not yet reached the goal? No!), "that ye may be filled with
the full knowledge of His will, with all wisdom and spiritual understanding to walk
worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing; in every work bringing forth good fruit, and
increasing (or growing up) to the knowledge of God". Some texts read, "increasing unto
the knowledge of God", and it is difficult to decide the question, but in either case the
truth remains, that all the knowledge of His will to which we attain in this life, all the
increasing worthiness of our walk, all the fruitfulness of all our good works is after all a
growth, an increase, a preparation to the one great and glorious goal, THE
KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. We know God now, mediately, but then face to face. Our
highest good during this life is fund in the recognition of this fact: during the pilgrimage,
the discipline, and the probation of this life we make it our chief concern to know Christ.
"That I may know Him" should be the desire of our hearts. To know the
knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, to know the power of His resurrection, to know the
Son of God, this is the knowledge for the time now present. This mediatorial knowledge
leads on to the next and fullest, to know God. One has only to read the creeds of
Christendom to see to what absurdities truly godly men may descend in their endeavour
to explain the invisible God. For the present, Christ is All and in all; in the future, God
will be All and in all. If ever the reader has thought about the occupation of the
redeemed in glory, here is an answer that reaches out to boundless infinity--they will
then begin to know God.
Let us accept the teaching of the Word instead of wasting precious time and
opportunity on that which is beyond our scope; let us learn the appointed lessons now
that we may the better learn the lesson then.
With what zest and earnestness shall we seek the knowledge of Christ and His love,
the knowledge of the hope of His calling, and the glory of His inheritance if we realize
the object with which those lessons have been set, viz., with a view to a future knowledge
of GOD.
The knowledge of the Son of God leads on to the condition of perfection, and then,
and not till then will the strong meat be allowed us.
To go beyond the appointed lesson of life is to be swayed by an unspiritual curiosity.
True yearning to know God will bow before His appointments, and will realize that as in
redemption and salvation, so with the knowledge of God, the Saviour can say, "No man
cometh unto the Father, but by Me".