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Knowledge Matters

By Don Loftis | 07.20.16

After Peter warned his readers not to be carried away by erroneous teachings, he closed his second epistle with these words, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

 

Our appreciation of the Lord’s grace should be ever increasing.  Without grace, where would we be?  However, as a teacher, I am especially interested in the need for us to grow in knowledge.  We expect a child to improve his knowledge of history and science, as he moves through school.  We assume that an experienced lawyer or doctor might have gained professional knowledge beyond that of a novice.

 

It would seem to me that disciples grow in knowledge in two ways.  First, we learn through gaining information.  Personal reading of Scripture, attending quality Bible classes, and even listening to sermons will deepen our knowledge of the Lord’s word and His will.  Memorizing Scripture, asking questions and detailed word studies will aid such growth.

 

However, Peter’s desire was that they would know    Jesus–not just know about Jesus.  That goal requires personal experience and personal encounter with the Savior.  We must share in the peace He offers and revel in the forgiveness He has offered throughout our lives.  This knowledge comes through observing Jesus at work in our life and the lives around us.

 

Growth in any area is difficult and at times painful.  Yet, few things will ever be more valuable to us than maturing in our knowledge of the Son Of God.

 


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