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“God perfectly knows Himself” by A.W. Tozer

“That God is omniscient is not only taught in the Scriptures, it must be inferred also from all else that is taught concerning Him. God perfectly knows Himself and, being the source and author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known.

And this He knows instantly and with a fullness of perfection that includes every possible item of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past or that may exist in the centuries or ages yet unborn.

God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and ever law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.

Because God knows all things perfectly, He knows no thing better than the other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything. He is never surprised, never amazed. He never wonders about anything nor (except when drawing men out for their own good) does He seek information or ask questions.

God is self-existent and self-contained and knows what no creature can ever know– Himself, perfectly. ‘The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.’ Only the Infinite can know the infinite.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1961), 56-57.

[HT: Shai Linne]

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“God is good” by A.W. Tozer

“That God is good is taught or implied on every page of the Bible and must be received as an article of faith as impregnable as the throne of God.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1992), 128.

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“Twentieth-century Christianity has put God on charity” by A.W. Tozer

“The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God that is precisely what we see. Twentieth-century Christianity has put God on charity.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1961),  p. 34.

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“The old self-sins must die” by A.W. Tozer

“An inward principle of self lies at the source of human conduct, turning everything men do into evil. To save us completely Christ must reverse the bent of our nature; He must plant a new principle within us so that our subsequent conduct will spring out of a desire to promote the honor of God and the good of our fellow men. The old self-sins must die, and the only instrument by which they can be slain is the cross.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1961),  p. 31.

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“Every man is a usurper and sits on a stolen throne” by A.W. Tozer

“‘What shall we do?’ is the deep heart cry of every man who suddenly realizes that he is a usurper and sits on a stolen throne. However painful, it is precisely this acute moral consternation that produces true repentance and makes a robust Christian after the penitent has been dethroned and has found forgiveness and peace through the gospel.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1961),  p. 30.

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“Sin in its concentrated essence” by A.W. Tozer

“Because man is born a rebel, he is unaware that he is one. His constant assertion of self, as far as he thinks of it at all, appears to him a perfectly normal thing. He is willing to share himself, sometimes even to sacrifice himself for a desired end, but never to dethrone himself.

No matter how far down the scale of social acceptance he may slide, he is still in his own eyes a king on a throne, and no one, not even God, can take that throne from him. Sin has many manifestations but its essence is one. A moral being, created to worship before the throne of God, sits on the throne of his own selfhood and from that elevated position declares, ‘I AM.’ That is sin in its concentrated essence.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1961),  pp. 29-30.

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“Derived and contingent” by A.W. Tozer

“Man is a created being, a derived and contingent self, who of himself possesses nothing but is dependent each moment for his existence upon the One who created him after His own likeness. The fact of God is necessary to the fact of man. Think God away and man has no ground of existence. That God is everything and man nothing is a basic tenet of Christian faith and devotion.”

–A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1961),  p. 28.

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