Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #45

2 Timothy 2:15

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 (NKJV)

 

Knowing The Scoop #2

            Yesterday we introduced the topic of the importance of gaining biblical knowledge. We briefly looked at Psalm 1 which describes a person who has strength of character, who delights in the Lord, who walks with God. The Psalmist pictures such an individual, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither….” Ps 1:3 NKJV

            What gives a tree its stability? That of course is in its roots…those deep tough tentacles that grip the earth and seek out water. The Christian who stands firm, who resists the childish tendency to get swept off their feet by the winds of false teaching, are those who have strong doctrinal roots. We addressed the fact then that ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is the breeding ground for fear, superstition, failure and spiritual defeat. Biblical and spiritual knowledge therefore, is critical to the health of a sound Christian.

            We began to address some of the benefits of Knowledge for the Christian. We learned that

  1. KNOWLEDGE GIVES SUBSTANCE TO FAITH:

Faith is trust. As we all know, before we place our trust in something, we need to have good reason to believe that it is trustworthy. Knowledge adds confidence and substance tow hat we believe. It is not blind faith.

  1. KNOWLEDGE STABILIZES US DURING TIMES OF TESTING:

Moods change, and opinions vary, but biblical truth stands forever. Jesus said it this way. “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matt 7:24-25

It is the carnal Christian, the weak Christian the person who has not studied the nature and character of God that turns on Him when going through times of testing. And God will test your faith. He needs to know if you have put your full trust in Him or if you trust in your own rationale. Will you hold on to your faith even when God doesn’t make sense? It was Job who said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15a)

  1. KNOWLEDGE ENABLES US TO HANDLE THE BIBLE ACCURATELY.

With a sound understanding of Christian theology, we become like the people described in Eph 4:14-15

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church”. NLT.

  1. KNOWLEDGE EQUIPS US TO DETECT AND CONFRONT ERRORS.

The best way to detect a counterfeit bill is to learn what real money looks and feels like. Similarly, the best way to detect theological error is the gaining of a thorough knowledge of the truth. I have said this many times before, “the best way to detect error is to know the truth.” The truth is found in the scriptures.

            While knowledge is critical to grow in our maturity in Christ, tomorrow we will identify 4 dangers of knowledge that every sincere believer in Christ should be wary of.