“With regard to food sacrificed to idols, we know that “we all have knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If someone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know to the degree that he needs to know. But if someone loves God, he is known by God.” 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/1co.8.1-3.NET
Which is better, to know God or to be known by God? Which will get us into heaven? Knowing God or being known by God? The Lord Jesus answers this question when some religious guys are denied heaven for not being known by God even though they thought they were doing great things for God (Mt. 7.21-23). Religion doesn’t save men. A relationship with God saves men. Religion focuses on do’s and don’ts. It worries about how much and for how long. A relationship concerns itself with health and well-being, growth, and depth. The two can look the same on the outside, but on the inside, in the realm of motive, they are worlds apart. Obedience characterizes both religion and relationship. Religion obeys out of obligation, fear of punishment, and hope for reward. A relationship obeys out of love, in devotion, to show deference, and to increase the joy of the object of our love and obedience. Religion judges others to determine where they stand among others. A relationship encourages others and rejoices with others in the relationship. Knowing God is not the same as loving God. Lovers of God know God and are known by God and live in peace with God, seeking the glory of God while looking forward to living with God forever.