Proverbs 9:10 NIV “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Knowledge of God (The Holy One) is true understanding. But it’s not salvation. And It does not turn us into gods like some think. Rather we understand the only true God better, understand ourselves, we understand our world; the past, present, and future. We even get to understand some things about heaven where God lives.
Knowledge of God does not give us the right to look down on others. True knowledge of God makes us do the very opposite. It causes us to humble ourselves and lifts others up. True knowledge of God promotes Love.
1 Corinthians 8:1 NET “We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
Knowledge puffs up people big time. It can make a person feel like they’re on a higher level than others when they’ve never left the ground. The Devil knows this and uses this trick often. He used it on Adam and Eve. He told them to eat from the forbidden tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. To tempt them he added these benefits: (1) they would become wise, (2) they would not die, (3) their eyes would be opened, (4) and they would be as gods. WOW! (Genesis 3:4-5) They fell for it hook line and sinker.
When some get a certain amount of knowledge it is often mistaken as spiritual growth or maturity. The Pharisees had lots of knowledge (so it seemed). They could quote the scriptures backwards, forwards, and upside down. Yet they didn’t know how to apply them. They didn’t know God at all.
There are people who don’t have a lot of Bible knowledge but their faith is very large. The little they know they believe it with all their heart. They can’t quote the scriptures like the Pharisees, or know where to turn to find all the verses, but they love Jesus and fellow believers. This is what matters most to God not some showy display. Jesus once told a group of religious folks that diligently studied he word:
John 5:39-40 NIV “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
They completely missed the boat, and it was right in front of them. Some (like them) study until they’re blue in the face and miss it. Satan knows and quotes the Bible as good as anybody but he too cannot apply it. He is dead as far as eternal life is concerned. And will one day be thrown into the lake of burning fire where he will be tormented forever and ever. (Matthew 25:41 Revelation 20:10) This proves it’s not about how much knowledge you have (or think you have). It’s so sad that many are falling for this prideful trap.
BY THEIR FRUIT
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
If these fruit are not on the tree that tree is dead:
Matthew 7:15-20 NIV “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
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