We live in an age of knowledge. Education at higher levels is a prerequisite for many jobs. Experience oftentimes counts for nothing, the degree reigns supreme.
We are in an age of talk radio. Everywhere you turn, people are expressing their opinions. Experts abound, telling us the real truth on any number of subjects.
There is a non-stop superhighway of information on the web and on social media sites. People post and repost articles, opinions and supposed facts. Some of this is true, other things are not, passed on without ever checking the veracity of the report.
In all of these changes, there are positives and negatives. The question is how has this age of knowledge affected what we think we know about God and His Word?
Are we in danger of having too much knowledge? The danger lies in the deception that we really know what we merely hold in an intellectual understanding. The danger lies in the possibility of a closed mind because of this. The danger lies in us passing down intellectual knowledge generation to generation ... never realizing we are dialoging in the dark.
God’s ways are not man’s ways. Throughout the bible, we have a history of God apprehending a people and teaching them His ways. We know that all the learning of the scholars in Jesus day yielded no true revelation. God had to take Paul to the backside of the desert to unlearn what he thought he knew before true revelation could come.
What then do we need? We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God. That study is not in the way of the educational system of this world. There must be the great union of Word and Spirit. There also needs to be instruction in allowing the working of the Holy Spirit and the cross in the life of believers.
Believers need to come out of the complacent mindset of wanting others to feed them. Out of the mindset that growth will come from listening to sermons, going to conferences, and having others impart to them. Growth is a very personal thing, involving a revelation of Jesus Christ in you.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me.i
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.ii
The knowledge brought through the processes and dealing of God will bring life to others. Intellectual knowledge, with the exception of a momentary lift of life, has no real power. We need to learn to discern the difference within ourselves and from those who teach. Let us be those given to learning at the feet of the Master, through His ways, that we may bring life to others.
May we be those who truly know what we are talking about!
[ii] Col 1:27
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