Text: Jer.9:23-24 "Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:(vs24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." ( The Basis)
Psa.145:18 "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth". ( The Practice)
James 4:8 " Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded". (The Requirement)
The Pulpit Commentary Vol.11, page 249; a comment on Jer.9:23-24."THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS INDICATED UNMISTAKABLY AS THE ONLY TRUE GLORY OF MAN. God is identified with the ultimate aim of our being. He made us, and it is for him we live. Consequently, the better we know him, the better we shall be able to serve him. 1.Imitation of God will spring from the knowledge of him. The more we know of him the more we must love him, and admiration will lead to resemblance in spirit and in life. 1 John 4:19 "We love him, because he first loved us."2. Knowledge depends on and leads to obedience. The knowledge of God sheds light upon the universe and life, and directs the soul and body into the channels of health, happiness, and usefulness. 3.It is connected with and culminates in Divine fellowship. In this way the character and presence of God are brought into the closest contact with the spirit of man, his character is moulded into the image of the Divine original, and the joys of communion deepen and enlarge into the blessedness of heaven. For St. John 17:3 says "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."