“Know … ”
The words, “KNOW THYSELF!” are said to have been inscribed above the entrance to the temple of Apollo in Delphi. Whoever entered had to be prepared to hear the oracle of Delphi pronounce the truth about him, however hard it might be. The result was, correspondingly few people dared to enter.
It is a fact that we are generally not inclined to see ourselves as we really are. We do not like people opening our eyes to our faults. That is why so many people remain intentionally ignorant of God’s Word. In contrast to the oracle of Delphi, the Word of God is the truth; it tells us how God regards us. “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was” (James 1:23-24).
To acknowledge the light and truth of Scripture is the first step towards salvation. The second is repentance, and the third consists in receiving the Savior, Jesus Christ, who died to save us. It is important to know what we really are, and then to “know Him” (Philippians 3:10).