Packer contends that contemporary Christians don’t really know God. One can know a great deal about God or about godliness without having that knowledge translated into a knowledge of God.
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What effects does knowledge of God have on a man? From the book of Daniel:
- Those who know God have great energy for God— Daniel 11:32. In this context, this a reaction to the deeds of the vile person described in v 21.
- Those who know God have great thoughts of God. Reading through Daniel’s prayers reveal how he perceived God—Daniel 2:20-22; 9:4,7,9,14
- Those who know God show great boldness for God. Daniel and his friends stuck out their necks, fully aware of what the outcome would be if God didn’t intervene.
- Those who know God have great contentment in God. Daniel 3:16-18—live or die, they were content.
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Do we desire such knowledge of God? First, we must recognise how much we lack knowledge of God. Second, we must seek the Saviour.