• By Rev Joseph A. Bias

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6

There’s a line from the theme song of a popular detective show, Monk, that says,

“People think I’m crazy to worry all the time.

You paid attention you’d be worried too.

You better pay attention or this world we love so much,

Might just kill you. I could be wrong now.

BUT I DON’T THINK SO! ”

‘Cause it’s a jungle out there.”

It’s a jungle out there.

By Randy Newman

The obvious idea is that what you don’t know can hurt you. An old concept, that dates back to ancient Roman law, says, ignorantia legis non excusat, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Ignorance and lack of knowledge are destructive.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6

Throughout the Scriptures, studying, teaching and learning the Word are emphasized and encouraged, but, why? Why is it so important to study the Word? Why is just getting born again not enough? As long as we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, don’t we all go to Heaven when we die whether we know a lot of Scriptures or not?

Yes, we do go to Heaven solely on faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Until then, while we are living here on earth we face a myriad of challenges and decision that will effect the success or failure of our lives in how we represent Christ and the Kingdom of God. Moreover, there are promises of God that come with our salvation that God wants us to know and enjoy, and this will require the renewing of our minds.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

Knowledge of God is vital to us becoming conformed to the image of Christ. You and I are being changed moment by moment day by day by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we are born again we are instantly changed spiritually but we still posses the same minds, emotions and human passions.

All of these must be changed, indeed be transformed in order for us to become conformed to the nature and character of Jesus Christ. That is the work of the Holy Spirit with our cooperation. Our part is to read, to study, to meditate on the Word, to put the Word as first and final authority in our lives, even against our feelings and particularly against our baser human passions that are contrary to the will and way of God.

When we do, we exercise our faith in such a way that the Holy Spirit changes us from within, changes our hearts, so that we not only do what God has commanded, but we want to do what God has commanded. Anybody can act like an automaton, just mindlessly following a set of rules that they don’t agree with. But the transformational work of the Holy Spirit in us makes us desire and do what is good and resist and avoid what is not good.

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

The more knowledge we have of the Word, both from learning it and doing it, the more we are empowered by the Holy Spirit in us to resist the devil, overcome temptation, walk by faith and not by sight and have our minds renewed. The key to unlocking the treasures laid up for us in the Kingdom of God now for daily living is the WORD of God.

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What you don’t know can keep you from the freedom that is already granted to you. God wants us to know all things that pertain to life and godliness and to know all the things that are freely given to us through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-15

This is the benefit of knowing, of being aware, of having wisdom knowledge and understanding. We are all made the richer and more abundantly blessed with the knowledge of God through the WORD, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

What God wants from us is our time with Him and we do that when we read His Word and commune with Him by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the revealer of the Word. As we read, study and meditate on the Word the Holy Spirit reveals deeper insights to us and directs us to the five ministry gifts Jesus has given to His Body, the Church; Apostles, those sent to declare the gospel to the world and established churches, congregations of faith; Prophets, those who reveal the work of God in times to come and also who encourage and inspire the believers to stay vigilant and alert to the times we are living in, so that we can know the will of God now for our time and remain sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, dividing light from the darkness in this world. Evangelists, those who are passionate to proclaim the Gospel and win souls to salvation in Jesus Christ; Pastors and Teachers, those who are charged with shepherding the flock of Christ. Those who know us personally and who engage with us in the everyday activities and relationships of our lives. These are given for the perfecting of our faith so that we are equipped to do the work of ministry.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…and he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ… unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:8-16

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