In the Gospel of Saint John Jesus says that eternal life is the knowledge of God: “This is eternal life:
That they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent (Jo 17, 3).
In the Bible, to know means to interact in a loving and fruitful relationship. The knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, therefore, implies an organic communion, which generates life with a new
“All things have been delivered to me by my Father and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Father was pleased to reveal” (Mt 11, 27).
In the core of the mystery of Holy Trinity exists a mutual understanding between the Divine persons.
Moreover, the Holy Spirit is a dynamic love that animates the reciprocal love of the Father and the Son.
It is the motherly love of the Holy Spirit, which incorporates into the mystery of communion of the Holy Trinity family. Knowing God therefore, is to interact in a loving and fruitful.
In other words, this knowledge is not simply a result of human practice, but it is something that can only happen by the Holy Spirit.
These are the words of the Gospel of Saint Luke: “At that moment, Jesus leaped with joy in the Holy Spirit's action and said:
"I Glorify You, Dear Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the wise and the clever and revealing them to little.
Yes, Father, for this was your will and your pleasure (Lc 10, 21). This means that Knowledge of God is a relational experience of love.
This is what the First Letter of Saint John teach saying to us: “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
What does not love does not come to know God, because God is love (1 Jo 4, 7).
We can say that people who does not love, does not know the mystery of Christ. The knowledge of God is based in his love to the brothers and not a set of theoretical ideas or concepts learned in the catechism.
These are the words of Saint John: “God no one ever saw. If we love one another then God abides in us and his love comes to perfection in us (1 Jo 4, 12).
A little further Saint John explains the basics of the knowledge of God more fully, saying: “God is love.
He who abides in love abides in God and God in him” (1 Jo 4, 16). In the Gospel of Saint John Jesus says these words to the Saint Thomas the Apostle:
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me (Jo 14, 6).
A little further Jesus said: “Who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you still say show us the Father? (Jo 14: 8-9).
Jesus reveals the Father through his way of being and acting. The Holy Spirit is the source of this knowledge of God, not to transmit many concepts, but leading us to love not to communicate many concepts, but lead us to love through attitudes similar to those of Christ:
“I was telling you these things while I was with you. But the Holy Spirit who the Father will send in my name, he will teach you, remembering what I told you (Jo 14, 25-26).
The Holy Spirit is the great gift that the risen Jesus sends us. He completes the messianic mission of Jesus, leading the disciples into all truth:
“I have many things to tell you, but you cannot understand them now. When he comes, the Spirit of Truth shall lead you for the whole truth (Jo 16, 12-13).