“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Proverbs 9:10
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
In our scientific age, it is all too common to think of knowledge in terms of mere intellectualism. For example, this person maintains a 4.0 grade point average, he is very “knowledgeable.” However, in the Bible knowledge goes far deeper than merely “knowing” something with one’s mental capacities. It is to know something experientially. This is the reason knowledge of good and evil was forbidden: God did not want His creation to experience evil and its horrible effects. This is also why mere knowledge of God does not necessarily benefit a person. A person can go to church their entire life and know all kinds of wonderful things about God. Yet, in the end such a person might not know God. It is the person with the experiential knowledge of God as their Savior and Redeemer who will be welcomed into His glorious heaven at last.
What is the difference between knowing things about God versus knowing God?
(From the book, Pause, Hear His Whisper, by Geno Pyse, p. 23-24)