… what I know or… what I think I know?

The kind of deep inner intuitive knowing, that the Bible holds out for us, seems to be closely related to love:

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor γινώσκω him. You γινώσκω him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. (John 14:15-17)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and γινώσκω God. (I John 4:7)

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to γινώσκω the love of Christ that surpasses γνῶσις, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18,19)

We are filled with this knowing which is the source of wisdom that makes it possible for us speak truth:

I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all γνῶσις, and able to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14)

It is the means by which we become more fully the people we were created to be:

I want to γινώσκω Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death. (Philippians 3:10)


Jesus ran into the greatest conflict with people who seem to have failed to grasp the concept that there is a deeper more intuitive way of knowing. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were locked in a paradigm in which the only kind of knowing is the rational, propositional, knowing of dogma and law. Jesus called for a life of trust in the Spirit which “blows where it will.”

John 5 – [Jesus speaking to religious leaders with whom he is in conflict because in their eyes Jesus has broken the law by healing on the sabbath]:

I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. ‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (John 5:36-40)

Jesus’ goal is that we might live as people in whom “his word abides.” We find truth in external words, but ultimately the word of God’s Spirit dwells in the heart that trusts in the life of Christ within our hearts.

We trust in the scriptures but always as they resonate with “the power of God” at work in our lives:

Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29)

This “power of God” is the “Spirit of truth” who brings us “into all the truth.”

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. (John 16:13)