Limitation on our Knowledge of God

John M. Frame in his book (textbook) p 20 ‘The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God‘:

Our limitations are of several kinds. First (as we have mentioned), sin motivates fallen people to distort the truth, to flee from it, to exchange it for a lie, and to misuse it. This is one potent source of falsehood and ignorance in our thinking, even in the redeemed mind. Because of Christ, Christians have that problem under control (Rom. 6:14), but it will not completely disappear until the Last Day.

Second, errors in our knowledge arise from immaturity and weakness. Even if Adam had not fallen, the acquisition of knowledge would not have taken place all at once. It would have been a historical process, part of the „subduing of the earth” (Gen. 1:28; cf. 2:19f.). Even Jesus „grew” in wisdom and stature (luke 2:52) and „learned” obedience (Heb. 5:8) in His life as a perfect man. Certainly then, even apart form sin, human knowledge may be incomplete; we may be ignorant in comparison to what we may know later.

Frame then gives a list of ‘discontinuities’ ways in which our thoughts are not like God’s thoughts on p.22. Here are a few of them:

  • God’s thoughts ultimately determine, or decree, what comes to pass
  • God’s thoughts, therefore, are self validating; they serve as their own criteria of truth. God’s thoughts are true simply because they are His… Our thoughts are not necessarily true, and when they are true, it is because they agree with the thoughts of someone else, namely God, who furnishes the criteria for our thinking.
  • God does not need to have anything ‘revealed’ to Him; He knows what He knows simply by virtue of who He is and what He does. But all of our knowledge is based on revelation. When we know something, it is because God decided to let us know it, either by Scripture or by nature.
  • God has not chosen to reveal all truth to us. For example, we do not know the future, beyond what Scripture teaches. We do not know all of the facts about God or even about creation.

You can listen to the first chapter in mp3 format here – John_Frame_Doctrine_of_the_Knowledge_of_God_chapter_1.mp3

You can access or download a study guide for this book here –

You can find dozens of articles and some mp3 messages from John M. Frame at the monergism website  at this link –

Books by John M. Frame –

Online book on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood edited by Wayne Grudem and John Piper

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Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

John Piper & Wayne Grudem, editors

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Book CoverCrossway Books re-released Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhoodcomplete with a new cover and new preface that was co-written by CBMW leaders J. Ligon Duncan III and Randy Stinson. The new printing includes all of the chapters and materials from the original. The work covers the entire scope of gender issues from the biblical meaning of headship to head coverings and an examination of gender issues in church history. All of the authors in this book are well-established scholars, and each chapter provides a book’s worth of insight.

Here is a list of the Chapters:

You can actually read a chapter at a time, here at the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood:

Item Title Author
Table of Contents John Piper and Wayne Grudem
Preface John Piper and Wayne Grudem
For Single Men and Women (and the Rest of Us) John Piper
A Vision of Biblical Complementarity John Piper
An Overview of Central Concerns John Piper and Wayne Grudem
Male-Female Equality and Male Headship Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
Women in the Life and Teachings of Jesus James A. Borland
Head Coverings, Prophecies, and the Trinity Thomas R. Schreiner
„Silent in the Churches” D. A. Carson
Role Distinctions in the Church S. Lewis Johnson Jr.
Husbands and Wives as Analogues of Christ and the Church George W. Knight III
What Does It Mean Not to Teach or Have Authority Over Men? Douglas Moo
Wives Like Sarah, and the Husbands Who Honor Them Wayne Grudem
The Valuable Ministries of Women in the Context of Male Leadership Thomas R. Schreiner
Men and Women in the Image of God John M. Frame
The Church as Family Vern S. Poythress
The Meaning of Authority in the Local Church Paige Patterson
Women in the History of the Church William Weinrich
The Biological Basis for Gender-Specific Behavior Gregg Johnson
Psychological Foundations for Rearing Masculine Boys and Feminine Girls George Alan Rekers
The Inevitability of Failure: The Assumptions and Implementations of Modern Feminism David J. Ayers
Is It Legal for Religious Organizations to Make Distinctions on the Basis of Sex? Donald A. Balasa
The Family and the Church George W. Knight III
Principles to Use in Establishing Women in Ministry H. Wayne House
The High Calling of Wife and Mother in Biblical Perspective Dorothy Kelley Patterson
Where’s Dad?: A Call for Fathers Weldon Hardenbrook
Women in Society: The Challenge and the Call Dee Jepsen
The Essence of Femininity Elisabeth Elliot
Charity, Clarity, and Hope John Piper and Wayne Grudem
The Meaning of „Head”: A Response to Recent Studies Wayne Grudem

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