Self-Knowledge

There are some men and women who have lived forty or fifty years in the world and have had scarcely one hour’s discourse with their hearts all the while.” -John Flavel

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Genesis 2:16-17 a Call to Know God and Enjoy Him Forever

“And the LORD God commanded the man saying, You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 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” (Gen. 2:16-17). It was a call to adore and acknowledge the goodness and greatness of God. His goodness was seen in the invitation to eat from every tree of the garden, trees that were pleasant to the eye and good for food; his greatness was seen in the prohibition to eat from one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil-a sign that God alone was God, and man was to have no other gods before him. In sum, it was a command to know God and enjoy him forever.” -Reformation Worship, pg 3

“The ‘back-parts’ of God, which we call his attributes, his power, wisdom, truth, justice, which God calls his glory to Moses . . . and which we cannot see and live: these are infinitely more really and substantially . . . set forth to us, by what we know of Christ as a redeemer in the gospel; and do infinitely transcend whatever of them either was, or could have been expressed in millions of several worlds, filled all of them with several sorts of intelligent creatures, such as angels and men.” – Thomas Goodwin, Discourse on the Glory of the Gospel