Knowledge of the Holy

In the last chapter of A.W. Tozer’s book Knowledge of the Holy he spells out six conditions. I’d like to summarize them with just a few added Scripture references. (Click on Scripture references.)

“…this knowledge is difficult because there are conditions to be met and the obstinate nature of fallen man does not take kindly to them.

Let me present a brief summary of these conditions as taught by the Bible and repeated through the centuries by the holiest, sweetest saints the world has ever known:”

“First, we must forsake our sins.”
Isaiah 55:7, Acts 3:19

“Second, there must be an utter committal of the whole life to Christ in faith.”
Psalm 63:8, Psalm 84:1-2, Luke 9:23

“Third, there must be a reckoning of ourselves to have died unto sin and to be alive unto God in Christ Jesus, followed by a throwing open of the entire personality to the inflow of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:25

“Fourth, we must boldly repudiate the cheap values of the fallen world and become completely detached in spirit from everything that unbelieving men set their hearts upon, allowing ourselves only the simplest enjoyments of nature which God has bestowed alike upon the just and the unjust.”
Psalm 1:1, Romans 12:2

“Fifth, we must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the majesty of God.”
Psalm 1:2, Psalm 63:6, Psalm 145:5

“Sixth, as the knowledge of God becomes more wonderful, greater service to our fellow men will become for us imperative. This blessed knowledge is not given to be enjoyed selfishly.”
Matthew 5:16, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:4, Titus 3:8, Titus 3:14, James 2:17-18

5 Responses to “Knowledge of the Holy”


  1. 1 lee

    Have you ever compiled bible study questions that go along with Tozer’s book The Knowledge of the Holy

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Hi,
    No I haven’t and unfortunately as you probably know I don’t think anyone else has.
    Jeff

  3. 3 lee

    Thanks for your reply. I read this book years ago and thought it was great and wanted to do a study for our small group. With no scripture references it is difficult to compile one. I don’t know if you have read
    The God you can know by Dan DeHaan but it is excellent and covers God’s attributes.

    Thanks again

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome. I’d love to do a small group study on The Pursuit of God which has a study guide but I’ve heard it’s pretty inadequate.

    I haven’t heard of the DeHaan book and will check it out. There is also one by Sproul with the word holy in the title I want to read.
    Jeff

  5. 5 Michael
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