Knowing God Versus Being Known by God
John Piper on knowing God versus being known by God:
But in [1 Corinthians 8:3] Paul does not simply relate loving God to knowing as we ought to know. He says, ‘But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.’ What is the point of saying, ‘He is known by God’? This is parallel to Galatians 4:9: ‘But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world?’
Deeper than knowing God is being known by God. What defines us as Christians is not most profoundly that we have come to know him but that he took note of us and made us his own.
Being known by God is another way of talking about election—God’s freely choosing us for himself, in spite of our not deserving…