“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and He you sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3).
It is quite evident that we cannot know God by reason or logic or scholarship or persuasion; we can know about Him, but we cannot know Him. True spiritual knowledge is the outcome of a visitation of heavenly wisdom by the Holy Spirit of God, and is, in itself, a response to the genuine seeking heart. This is the “wisdom from above”, of which James wrote that it was “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without variance, without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).
This wisdom is always associated with righteousness and humility and must inevitably lead to godliness and holiness of life.
The deeper mysteries of God must remain hidden to us until we have received this divine illumination; until then, we remain “dead in sin”, which is an apt description of the condition left to us by our first parents Adam and Eve, for the capacity to know spiritual things, with which man was created, died when they sinned. That capacity must be “born again” in us by yielding to the Lordship of Christ and obtaining the redemption that is only available through His atoning Blood