Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Three Simple Words (Phil. 1:10)

Phil. 3:10 begins with three simple words in both Greek and English. 

  • tou gnōnai auton
  • to know him 

Paul uses a word for "know" that very often refers to personal rather than intellectual knowledge. The Hebrew equivalent is yada

The aim is not to know about Christ. The goal is to know him. This can't be taught in seminary. Theological knowledge is hardly the same as personal knowledge. "To know him" is to experience him with such intimacy that we are as united with him as we might be with our spouse. 

We cannot know everything about Christ. But we can all know him.