Lastly, I know Psalms 32, but what does nosce te ipsum mean?
It is used in conjunction with Psalms 32:5, is Latin and means "know thyself." In relationship to Christianity and my tagline it means to recognize the sinful, lustful, vain, selfish, corrupt and wicked nature of man. Recognition of our true state (as opposed to how the world wants us to think of ourselves
) is the beginning of wisdom and recognition of the Lord as the "only possible solution" and Savior. When you truly know yourself, you know you are a compulsive sinner and there is no possible resolution to the sin question, except admission, repentance and throwing yourself upon the mercy of God. It's a total dependence upon Christ for deliverance as there is no other possible solution.Acts 4:12
- "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Here the apostle holds up the Lord Jesus Christ emphatically as the one universal Hope of mankind in answering the sin question. When we are enlightened by the Spirit, only then do we come to truly "know ourselves" as the worms that we truly are, and we realize that salvation is only in surrender and depend entirely upon the unmerited mercy of God for salvation. We're wretched creatures before a holy God, we don't deserve salvation and we cannot earn it--it is only by the unmerited favor of God that we receive it. The fear of the Lord (which none of the upright in their own eyes have
) is the beginning of this wisdom. By the Spirit we recognize what we are, we repent, we ask forgiveness, and it is given to us. To truly know yourself, is to finally have knowledge of the Lord. Proverbs 2:5-6
- "Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
- For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."
To know yourself is to fear God wherein we find knowledge of the Lord and are made the righteousness of God in Him. I hope that answers your question.
"nosce te ipsum
"I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. -Psalms 32:5"