the true knowledge of God
The truth is that, although we lead normal human lives, the battle we are fighting is on the spiritual level. The very weapons we use are not human but powerful in God’s warfare for the destruction of the enemy’s strongholds. Our battle is to break down every deceptive argument and every imposing defence that men erect against the true knowledge of God. We fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.
Second Corinthians 10:3-5 (J. B. Phillips’ translation)
What were we made for? To know God.
What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God.
What is the ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. ‘This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’ (John 17:3).
What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else? Knowledge of God. ‘Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches; but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me’ (Jer. 9:23-24).
What, of all the states God ever sees man in, gives Him most pleasure? Knowledge of himself. ‘I desire . . . the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings,’ says God (Hos. 6:6).
from J. I. Packer’s Knowing God
Master: What is the chief end of human life?
Scholar: To know God by whom men were created.
Master: What reason have you for saying so?
Scholar: Because he created us and placed us in this world to be glorified in us. And it is indeed right that our life, of which himself is the beginning, should be devoted to his glory.