211. Knowing or Knowing About?

“I have a good friend,” Stan began one morning, “who knows a great deal about the Bible.”

Continuing, he said, “This friend can run circles around just about anyone with what she knows.”

“That’s great,” I replied.

“Not necessarily,” Stan countered.

“Why in the world do you say that?” I asked.

“Because,” Stan replied, “I am afraid my friend knows about the Bible and about God, but I don’t think she knows God.”

“Stan,” I asked, “aren’t you just splitting hairs here?”

“No,” he said.  “There’s a world of difference between knowing God and knowing about Him.”

Continuing, he said, “When Jesus defined eternal life, He didn’t say it was knowing about God the Father and Jesus the Son.”

“No, Jesus said that eternal life is knowing God the Father and His Son.”

And then Stan said, “We’ve talked about this before.  It is all about the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge.”

“A person,” Stan continued, “could have the entire Bible memorized and be able to recite it word-for-word, but if that person doesn’t have a personal relationship with God through His Son, all of that head knowledge amounts to exactly nothing when it come time to get on the train.”

“Or,” Stan said, “looking at it a little differently, a person may be able to discuss the details of church doctrine in minute detail, but if he or she does not know God, all of that knowledge counts for nothing when it is time to step into eternity.”

“But,” I said, “is it fair to say that it does not have to be an either-or situation?”

“You, my friend, are absolutely correct.  What I am talking about is the person who has one without the other.  But, of course, those people with both head and heart knowledge can and will be used mightily by and for God.”

“Those are the ones who built, build, and sustain the church.” 


You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.  John 5:39, 40.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to know you.  Thank you for showing me the difference between knowing you and knowing about you.  Please forgive all of the times I have failed to pursue knowing you as you want  and as you make available.  And please, Lord, draw me ever closer to you and open me to see, understand, receive, and embrace all of the knowledge you have for me.  Knowledge of you, not just about you.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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