[Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.] 1 Corinthians 8:2,3
John Piper once said, “You can read theology ten hours a day for forty years and not know God for who He is.”
In-depth knowledge about President Obama does not mean that I am being known by the President who would call me his friend. Knowing about President Obama does not require a personal relationship with him. The same goes with our relationship with God.
To know God and to be known by God does not have anything to do with the theological knowledge or seminary degrees that seek to know God conceptually and intellectually. Knowing about God does not require a personal relationship with Him.
To know God and to be known by God has everything to do with seeking to know God the Person relationally and intimately. If we truly love God, we are “known by God” and be considered as His friends.
Am I known by God as His friend because He truly knows that I love Him with all of my heart above all else [1 Corinthians 8:3]?