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1. Divine. God is a God of knowledge (1 Sm 2:3). His is an ever-present knowledge, one that directly knows things that exist and come to pass; not progressive knowledge, but total and perfect (Ps 139:1–4; Jn 21:17). He and His knowledge had no beginning (Ps 90:2; Eph 1:4). He is omniscient. See also Prescience, Divine.

2. Human. Man's knowledge was darkened by the fall. He can still know God and do natural acts of righteousness; but, under delusion of being wise, he becomes a fool and changes the truth of God into a lie (Ro 1:19–23, 25; 2:14–16). Man cannot by his own powers understand God and believe the Gospel and so save himself (1 Co 2:14–16). By faith he conforms to God through Christ and tries to bring his thoughts into harmony with the Gospel (2 Co 10:5). See also God; God, Arguments for the Existence of.

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