For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12
In each of it's iterations, the know factor speaks of recognition. It's meaning, as described elaborately by our friend Merriam is to:
- perceive directly
- have direct cognition
- have understanding of
- be acquainted or familiar with
- be convinced or certain of
In terms of usage, the word (though hardly the concept) dates to the 12th Century, and to the Old English cnāwan = to recognize. Also to the Latin gnoscere, noscere to come to know (the seed-bed for gnosis, or Gnostic)
Mind you, this sort of know in no way resembles that of the 15 year old's version (or some 60 year olds I know), which is to know it all. At certain junctures of life we apparently arm ourselves with delusional summations, lending credence to the oft heard statement: The older I get the dumber I become. Or The older I get, the smarter are my parents.
I suppose that's why I am always blown away by the profound fact of God's knowing of me, not to mention His invitation to be known by me. It speaks of certainty, of shared cognition wrapped in the arms of familiarity & conviction. I'd expect that with my spouse, of my BFF, but God?
How utterly personal & intimate. It puts me in mind of the dynamic of devotion between parent & child, and the tremendous security that produces.
We do not make friends with God;
God makes friends with us,
bringing us to know him by
making his love known to us.
There's a lot we can know today. Truly, information abounds & we mortals literally run to-and-fro to find it. But to know and be known by the God of Creation far surpasses all other pursuits.
Then again, I know you know that.
To fall in love with God is the
greatest of all romances;
To seek Him, the greatest adventure;
To find him,
the greatest human achievement.
Dear friends, now we are children of God,
and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears,
we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
~ 1 John 3:2
. whoever loves God is known by God.
~ 1 Corinthians 8:3
Not only do we not know God
except through Jesus Christ;
We do not even know ourselves
except through Jesus Christ.
~ Blaise Pascal