I have often wondered, why out of all places Jerusalem or Zion is such a coveted place on earth to possess out of all the other places on earth. Have you? We read in (Psalm 132: 13) For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for His habitation. Why?
"What about the life of a believer in these last days" do we seek out the Lord or desire Him in our lives?
(2 Tim 3:13-17) 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; "God through the apostles"
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Tim 4:1-8)1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
These days we are surrounded with so many differing opinions or teachings regarding mankind's understanding of the Scripture. As Christians we can either sink or swim in the ocean of knowledge and try to decide what opinions and understandings are right and what's wrong. What do most of us use to find the answers to the many questions in our own minds that are raised about the teachings of the Bible? "The Bible" you say! When we read the Bible and we come across something that stumps us or goes against our understanding we turn to, "the Spirit of God" you say!
Do we? I would say that most of us tend to reach out for a book on the subject. (It's too easy these days, there's a book on every subject that we want to know about right or wrong.) So we reach out to get another respected man's view or understanding on the matter Oh yes! It must be a respected man's opinion mustn't it. But what authority have these men? "Oh this mans has a PhD or he studied at such and such a college or university you say.
Well, I believe these days the Christian church is reading too many so called 'Biblical' books with the ideas of men throughout them and not balancing the reading of them with the reading of the Scriptures, it's actually quite hard to find a good Christian book that is truthful. Sure, most of the writers of this ocean of informational books seem to back their arguments with Scripture, but how do you know if they are rightfully dividing the word of truth? Are they really concerned about the truth or do they want to tickle your ears and sell their books or push their opinion and their own understanding or more importantly pronouncing the deceit that mankind is so easily lead by from the evil principalities and powers of this world.
The only way we Christians can really search out true knowledge is by reading Gods Word the Bible. There we will find writings from the master. We only need to ask of God to direct us by his Spirit and He will, I believe this to be so because it says in (James 1: 4-6) 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
The questions I would like to ask you are.... Do we as Christians have too much knowledge or too little? What is our knowledge about? "Is it the truth?" I wonder what most Christians would say to this scripture. I imagine that they would say they have heard it all before, kind of attitude. I believe It is a dangerous attitude though and the believer should never fall prey to it because complacency is not a good thing in my understanding. So what knowledge should the believer seek after and uphold?
(Prov 2:6) For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
(Prov 9:10) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
(Prov 15:14) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
(Prov 10:14) Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
So, what sort of knowledge is Solomon referring to in Proverbs?
(Isa 28:9) Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
We can take this verse two ways but the writer is speaking to us in a spiritual sence.
Good examples are always found in the Bible (this one is about God's chosen people Israel) We read in… (Isa 5:13-14 ) 13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
"They had plenty of so called respected learned men at that time but where did it lead to?" We have this today in the churches and if we don't repent it says in Revelation we will be cut off just like the children of Israel.
(Isa 45:18-24 KJV) 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. "In other word seek the council of God"
20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
(Dan 12:4 KJV) But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Are we supposed to seek the way of the Lord? Or sit back and be fed by professional qualified men and ultimately.... be lead astray? Or are we going to study the Gospel of truth for ourselves? Earnestly desiring the word of truth, and proclaiming it! Amen!
©2014 Peter Griggs