Knowing God involves more than the simple knowledge of truth. It requires a personal and emotional experience. It depends on a mutual exchange. Truth is good, but not alone. Understanding the ways of God is good, but it's not enough. Knowing God is about relationship, and relationship only exists within the context of ongoing personal encounter, shared experience, and emotional interaction.
I have a whole new life in Christ. But if I don't understand what that means, then I will wander through life with a case of mistaken identity. When I gave my life to God, I died and was raised to a new life. I am now hidden in Christ and He defines me. If I don't know who God says I am, then I am essentially carrying around a false I.D., trying to be someone that I am not. If I embrace my new identity, I naturally begin to grow up into my new life in Christ.
In the past I've written about the fact that today is not the day of God's judgment, but of grace. I illustrated some key differences between God's message in the old and new covenants [link] and shown that the message of Christ through our lives should be one of reconciliation, not of judgement [link]. I've also stated that our position on judgment will influence our actions to either align us as co-workers with satan or co-laborers with Christ [link]. So, if today is not the day of God's judgment, then when will He judge?