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9/21/2010 ~ Real Knowledge


FAKE KNOWLEDGE

They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16


– “they profess to know God”

... idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge ...
~ 1st Timothy 6:20-21


– “falsely called knowledge”

... always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
~ 2nd Timothy 3:7


– always learning, never knowing ...

... they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, ...
and they will turn their ears away from the truth, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:3-4


... for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:34


THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE
● The Problems Of Ignorance
● The Benefit Of Knowledge
● God’s Universal Desire For Mankind

Ignorance is a problem

Leads to horrible mistakes.

"... I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers." ~ Acts 3:17

... I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. ~ 1st Timothy 1:13

Leads to quarrels.

But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
~ 2nd Timothy 2:23


Leads to destruction.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ... ~ Hosea 4:6

... not obey the gospel of ... Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9


Excludes us from the life of God.

... having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God,
because of the ignorance that is in them, ... ~ Ephesians 4:17-18


Does not lead to pleasing God or salvation.

... a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of
God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own ... ~ Romans 10:1-3


The Benefit Of Knowledge

We escape the defilement of the world through knowledge.

... escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge
of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:20


Sets us free

... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:31-32


Gives us everything pertaining to life and godliness.

... as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life
and godliness, through the knowledge of Him ... ~ 2nd Peter 1:3


In Him is eternal life.

"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." ~ John 17:3


God’s Universal Desire For Mankind
↘                       ↙

That we not be ignorant

"... the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: ..."
~ Acts 17:23


"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands
all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30


That we have knowledge and be saved

... God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~ 1st Timothy 2:3-4


WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW

About salvation

... who believe in the name of the Son of God, that
you may know that you have eternal life, ... ~ 1st John 5:13


... knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession
for yourselves in heaven. ~ Hebrews 10:34


To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, ...
~ Luke 1:77


About righteous living

... I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself
in the house of God, ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:15


... God created to be recieved with thanksgiving by those who believe
and know the truth. ~ 1st Timothy 4:3


... I have learned both to be full and to be hungry,
both to abound and to suffer need. ~ Philippians 4:12


About doctrinal truths

... no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. ~ Ephesians 5:5


For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes
as a thief in the night. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:2

└─> We are all one breath away.          

... knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up
with Jesus, and will present us with you. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:14


... if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:1


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28


ALL ARE NOW CALLED TO KNOW GOD

... the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding,
that we may know Him who is true; ... ~ 1st John 5:20


"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." ~ John 17:3


... - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:14-19


– the depth of God
He is true


... that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true,
in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. ~ 1st John 5:20


He is righteous

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone
who practices righteousness is born of Him. ~ 1st John 2:29


He is love

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ~ 1st John 4:8

... we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, ...
~ 1st John 4:16


He shows kindness

... the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, ... ~ Romans 2:4

He is vengeful

... "Vengeance in Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. ... ~ Hebrews 10:30

He rewards

... knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Lord Christ. ~ Colossians 3:24


... he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is
a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6


GOD
He is true
He is righteous
He is love
He shows kindness
He is vengeful
He rewards

HOW DO WE GET THIS KNOWLEDGE?

Only Through God

... of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge. ~ Colossians 2:1-3


... through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness
of the message preached to save those who believe. ~ 1st Corinthians 1:21


... no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
~ 1st Corinthians 2:11


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But ... ~ James 1:5-7


By Accepting God’s Word Rather Than Undermining It

... no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, ... never came by
the will of man, but holy men of God ... by the Holy Spirit. ~ 2nd Peter 1:20-21


... the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
~ Galatians 1:11


... He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.
By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. ~ 1st John 4:6


... in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been
revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: ... ~ Ephesians 3:1-5


... the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word
of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 2:13


By Looking At Jesus

... He who has seen Me has seen the Father; ... ~ John 14:8-9

... being the brightness of His glory and express image of His person,
and upholding all things by the word of His power, ... ~ Hebrews 1:3


By Applying God’s Word

... we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I
know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, ... ~ 1st John 2:3-4


... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. ..." ~ John 8:31-32

ZEALOUS TO LEARN
↓    ↓    ↓

Knowing What Angels Longed To Understand ...

... the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven
- things which angels desire to look into. ~ 1st Peter 1:11-12


... I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord, ... ~ Philippians 3:7-10


... He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6

– diligently seek Him; ~ passion for Him ...

"... so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for
Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; ..." ~ Acts 17:27


... giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance
godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:3-11


High ideals to obtain ...

REAL CHRISTIANS WILL HAVE REAL KNOWLEDGE.
DO YOU HAVE REAL KNOWLEDGE?
ARE YOU A REAL CHRISTIAN?


... and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7


TRUST IN HIM



 

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