Searcher of Our Hearts

Gavin Ortlund | November 6, 2014


Editors' note: This series explores key doctrines of the Christian faith and their practical ramifications for everyday life. Earlier in this series:


God knows everything. For many Christians, this theological statement was part of our basic Sunday school training. But it also tends to be one of those doctrines we affirm without much thought about what it means for our everyday lives.

In the Bible, God's omniscience has profound practical importance. It is not just an abstract truth, but a source of assurance, confidence, reward, and motivation. In 1 John 3:20, for instance, the apostle writes, "God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything." What else can we learn from this doctrine?

To provide help understanding God's omniscience and its practical ramifications, I corresponded with Gregg Allison, professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society, an elder of Sojourn Community Church, and a theological strategist for the Sojourn Network. Allison is the author of two major works, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Zondervan, 2011) and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the


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