Scriptural Knowledge vs. Belief
Most people have the mistaken notion that the Christian Life is only about “BELIEF” as opposed to “KNOWLEDGE” and they are dead wrong.
While “belief” is integral to becoming a Christian, “knowledge” is how you live a successful Christian life.
It’s the very reason so many Christians are living in defeat… it’s due to their ignorance!
Don’t take my word for it, God said…
My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge – Hosea 4:6
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge – Romans 10:2-4
Both the Old and New Testaments confirm that knowledge is the key for successful Christian living.
I have written this to you who BELIEVE in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW you have eternal life – 1 John 5:13
Notice how we need to begin by believing but after we have entered Covenant with God He then gives us knowledge to stand on.
God doesn’t leave us standing on belief… He gives us knowledge so our footing may be sure!
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him – Ephesians 1:17
Paul prayed for us to have wisdom and revelation in the KNOWLEDGE of Christ.
Some may say that we live this Christian life by FAITH and I agree, but faith is based on knowledge not ignorance.
You cannot trust God to heal you if you don’t know He’s a Healer.
You cannot trust God to save you if you don’t KNOW He’s a Savior.
If that wasn’t the case we wouldn’t need to preach and evangelize.
How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them? Romans 10:14
You can’t have faith in Him unless you KNOW about Him… Faith is based on Knowledge.
Knowledge is so vital for successful Christian living that even at an advanced age Paul was still desiring for more knowledge of God.
He said, “I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection…” Philippians 3:10
The man who wrote most of the New Testament and gave us most of the revelation about Christ and His Gospel still wanted to KNOW more about Christ.
The Bible says, “But if you don’t grow, you are like someone who is nearsighted or blind, and you have forgotten that your past sins are forgiven.” 2 Peter 1:9
You stop growing as a Believer when you forget what you KNOW about your Salvation.
I submit to every Christian that your greatest enemy is NOT the devil but your own ignorance!
The greatest danger with ignorance is this…
There are many Christians who have been taught wrong doctrine so in their minds… they know… but what they know is incorrect.
These unfortunate souls are in the most dangerous position of all… they know… but what they know is wrong, so they are still ignorant but don’t realise they’re ignorant.
They are operating in complete confidence of blissful ignorance, unaware of their own condition.
How To Avoid Deception
To innoculate yourself against deception I recommend you abide by 3 fundamental principles:
1. Love the TRUTH above all else.
A. The Living Truth … The Person Jesus Christ
B. The Written Truth – The New Covenant Word of Christ
C. The Rhema Truth – The Revealed Word of God to You
2. Cultivate HUMILITY above every other virtue.
If you remain humble you can be taught ANY truth and you can be corrected from ANY error
3. Realise that there is NO ONE PERSON or NO GROUP on this Earth that has 100% revelation on ANY DOCTRINE!
God Himself is a limitless revelation!
That’s why it will take an ETERNITY to know Him.
EVERYTHING we know about God right now is only a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction of a… you get the picture.
The sum total of EVERYTHING we know about God and His Kingdom is like 99.9999999% ignorance and 0.0000001% knowledge.
Compared to all there is to know about God and His Kingdom, we are all operating from more ignorance than knowledge right now.
Paul the Apostle was wise enough to realize his ignorance and still desire to know God after receiving more revelation about God and His Kingdom than anyone else at that time.
Therefore, ANY Christian Person or Group who acts like they have 100% truth on ANY doctrine and everyone else is wrong, is dancing with deception.
Protect yourself from error by observing the 3 principles above.