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Knowledge
“O the depth of the riches both of
Let us begin to consider knowledge from the perspective of God!
We humans possess only a slight impression of God’s unfathomable
knowledge! On the other hand, we have a pretty rich historical
background full of information regarding the development of human
knowledge.
After the great
flood of Noah the
gentile world was
held captive under
the concept that
the gods ruled the
universe. These
ideas are expressed
in early Greek
Mythology.
However, an
entirely different flood of new ideas poured into Athens Greece during
the 5 th century BCE; these new ideas came as a result of an influx of
Ionian thinkers into the Greek peninsula. Athens (boxed – see center of
picture immediately below the 38 th parallel)
became the intellectual center of the Greek
world. The Persian and Peloponnesian Wars
taught the Greeks the important lessons that
the actions of men and women determine
their own destiny. This concept represented
a whole new way of thinking! Advanced
thinkers began to reject traditional
explanations that the world of nature was
fashioned by the gods. As a result, the
traditional religious beliefs in a pantheon of
gods were on a fast decline. During this
period of decline, gods and goddesses were
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no longer held in the same regard, as they had been during previous
centuries.
There are three preeminent Greek teachers from that period; they are Socrates
(pictured above left), Plato, and Aristotle. Socrates was mentor to Plato an
aristocratic young man who became the most famous student of Socrates.
After the death of Socrates, Plato (pictured below right) carried on much of
his teacher's work; he eventually founded an
academy that taught the wisdom of the
philosophers who had gone on before him.
However, not long after the time of Socrates, Plato
established an academy where he refined a
carefully reasoned a model which was used to
explain the existence of all things. His classical
Greek model for the origins of mankind changed
the Greek explanation of origins for all time. After
Plato, the Greek explanation for the universe would
never again revert to the divine capriciousness of
their earlier mythological gods. Under the inspiration of Plato and his pupils
the concept of creation grew out of a logical and then scientific focus. Plato is
really considered to be the father of our modern western educational system.
In The Republic , who some claim to be Plato’s best work, he asks many
questions including: “What is knowledge?” “What is illusion?” “What is
reality?” “How do we know?” “What makes a
thing, a thing?” “What can we know?” These
questions are epistemological – that is to say,
they are questions concerning knowledge itself .
Aristotle (see picture at left) was the most
famous student who came out of Plato’s
academy.
Although he studied under Plato, Aristotle disagreed
fundamentally with his teacher on just about
everything. He could not bring himself to think of
the world in the same abstract terms that Plato had
clearly advocated. Aristotle believed that the world
could be best understood through observation and
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classification of phenomenon. He held that knowledge (which is literally what the
word “science” means) is essentially experiential. Aristotle was the first person to
really think out the problem of evidence. Perhaps the most fundamental aspect of
Aristoteleanism is the classification of knowledge according the objects of that
knowledge.
As we have recently noted, the Greeks were seriously concerned about the nature of human
knowledge. This area of learning known as epistemology focused on the "study of
knowledge." Greek philosophy dealt with questions of certainty. They asked, “How can
one be certain of knowledge? Suppose everything was an illusion? Aristotle resolved the
question by categorizing knowledge based on their objects and the relative certainty with
which you could know those objects. An example is the pure logic in mathematics that
permits you to arrive at a conclusion that is true all the time: i.e., two plus two will forever
equal to four. Other types of knowledge were characterized as imprecise explanations;
these kinds of knowledge fell into this category of: ethics, psychology, and politics. Unlike
Plato and Socrates, Aristotle did not demand certainty in everything. These major teachers
formed the core of our modern system of knowledge, as we know it.
The educational platform that was established by Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle has truly
withstood the test of time. Their educational model of knowledge is considered the best in
the modern world; therefore, their model which is founded upon logic and reasoning is the
most widely accepted in our time.
Unlike human knowledge, Scripture reveals that the Almighty is perfect in knowledge!
Twice toward the end of his famous period of trial the ancient Biblical hero declared that
God, “ is perfect in knowledge (Job 36:4). Again Job said just a little later, “Dost thou
know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in
knowledge ? ” (Job 37:16). What does that mean that God is, “ perfect in knowledge ?” The
Hebrew word for perfect is (tamiym). It means “entire” literally, figuratively and morally.
Tamiym is also translated in the Bible as: “without blemish,” “upright,” “whole,” “sound,”
and “full.” We discover through the revelation of the Bible that God has complete
knowledge. The Scripture says that “ by his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the
clouds drop down the dew” (Prov 3:20).
Who taught God knowledge? Isaiah asks the question, “ Who hath measured the waters in
the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of
the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him ? 14
With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him , and taught him in the path of
judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding ? (Isa
40:12-14). God’s knowledge is well beyond what we can comprehend! The Scripture
concluldes that God possesses knowledge, “ How doth God know ? and is there knowledge
in the most High ?” (Ps 73:11). Instead, we learn that God teaches the human family
knowledge, “ he that teacheth man knowledge , shall not he know?” (Ps 94:10). God is not
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only perfect in knowledge and possesses knowledge beyond our comprehension, but He is
the preserver of knowledge, “The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge ” (Prov 22:12).
He operates in knowledge of which we can only speculate how He may have obtained.
In the eyes of Jesus Christ, knowledge was very important. In the presence of the Scribes
and Pharisees, Jesus rebuked the lawyers as He told them, “ye have taken away the key of
knowledge ” (Luke 11:52). Here Jesus recognized and identified that knowledge should be
considered to be a major key for humanity!
Even though it is a major key, knowledge has been rejected by humanity! The point is that
any knowledge that fails to recognize the Almighty God, who is the source of all
knowledge, cannot therefore be knowledge; instead, it is rebellion against Him, “And even
as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate
mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Rom 1:28). Remember that Adam and
Eve illicitly partook of the tree, which is called, “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”
(Gen 2:9). Thereafter, humanity settled for a “form of knowledge” that is clearly inferior to
God’s knowledge, “ form of knowledge ” (Rom 2:19-20). Where has this false
“enlightenment” led humanity? Apart from God’s knowledge humanity has gone into
captivity. The prophet Isaiah laments, “my people are gone into captivity , because they
have no knowledge (Isa 5:13). Worse than captivity, the people end up being destroyed
because they are deficient of God’s knowledge, “My people are destroyed for lack of
knowledge : because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee” (Hos 4:6).
When we refuse instruction, we essentially turn our back on knowledge, “If you stop
listening to instruction, my child, you have turned your back on knowledge” (Prov 19:27
NLT). When we turn our backs on instruction we cease to obey and the resulting
disobedience naturally leads to death, “ they shall die without knowledge (Job 36:12).
That knowledge which the human family clings to; the knowledge that seems so important
is merely carnal, “Every man (Scripture here specifically identifies an idolater. However,
anyone who has gone after his own knowledge is in idolatry!) is brutish in his knowledge
(Jer 10:14). The carnal mind has even created religion in their attempt to return to God,
“they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge (Rom 10:2). There is only one
way to God and that way is only through Jesus Christ. Any other man-made attempt is
merely brutish!
Humanity does have the God kind of knowledge within its grasp; however, the same
process through which human knowledge is acquired simply cannot be used to take a hold
of the God kind of knowledge. So how then is the God kind of knowledge acquired?
Solomon wrote, “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge : but fools despise
wisdom and instruction” (Prov 1:7). Knowledge begins with the fear of God in our hearts,
“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge ” (Prov 15:14).
Once an individual begins his/her search for knowledge through the fear of the Lord, they
must seek that knowledge with the same intensity of a treasure hunter because God’s
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knowledge is a great treasure, “ if thou criest after knowledge , and liftest up thy voice for
understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver , and searchest for her as for hid treasures ; 5
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God . 6 For
the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding ” (Prov
2:3-6). God is happy to share His knowledge but only in the heart of a pliable disciple.
Then, once we find knowledge, we are to carefully protect that understanding, “Wise men
lay up knowledge ” (Prov 10:14). We begin to understand that our God-given information
is what saves us, “ through knowledge shall the just be delivered” (Prov 11:9).
Knowledge is not merely found when actively sought out, it can unknowingly be obtained
by the seeker through external reproof, “ reprove one that hath understanding, and he will
understand knowledge ” (Prov 19:25). God recognizes a seeker and gives them knowledge
as they grow, “ he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know
understanding” (Dan 2:21). As a man of knowledge grows he gains intensity, “a man of
knowledge increaseth strength ” (Prov 24:5). This individual who is growing in
knowledge epitomizes the proverb, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and
knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul ” (Prov 2:10).
Who is the person that can discover the God kind of knowledge? The scripture reveals
that, “ Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge ” (Prov 12:1). Those who love God’s
knowledge grow to the point where they effortlessly gain that information, “ knowledge is
easy unto him that understandeth ” (Prov 14:6). These people who understand the God
kind of knowledge have become wise, “the prudent are crowned with knowledge ” (Prov
14:18); “ when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge ” (Prov 21:11).
The Scripture asks a powerful question that we also wonder about, “ Whom shall he teach
knowledge ?” (Isa 28:9-11). In other words who or what sort of person can obtain God’s
knowledge? And, even beyond whom; the question extends, “How does God teach us?”
Paul provides that answer, “God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit : for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a
man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man,
but the Spirit of God ” (1 Cor 2:10-11). Knowledge and understanding come only through
the Spirit of God!
Knowledge must certainly be one of the greatest gifts that God has ever given to Christians.
Paul was convinced that we possess the knowledge of God, “I myself also am persuaded of
you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge , able also to
admonish one another” (Rom 15:14). Yet Paul who understood the value of knowledge
said, “I count all things but loss (Notice Paul’s past – “I am verily a man which am a Jew,
born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and
taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward
God” (Acts 22:3). Paul’s educational background is the chief thing that he considered as
“but loss!” Now notice why Paul prioritized his education in such a reduced perspective. )
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Phil 3:8). Compared to the
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excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, Paul said concerning his human background
and knowledge, that I “do count them but dung , that I may win Christ” (Phil 3:8).
Paul wrote that our new spirit man increases and is renewed through knowledge. He
explained that we, “have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him” (Col 3:10). We must increase in knowledge, “ that ye might
be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye
might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God (Col 1:9-10). God gave us the light of understanding
when He saved us out of darkness, “God, who commanded the light to shine out of
darkness, hath shined in our hearts , to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 4:6).
Here is an important point; notice how we grow! It is through knowledge that we
experience spiritual growth, “ Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the
knowledge of God , and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2). Everything needed for spiritual
growth has been provided in God’s knowledge, “his divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called
us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Notice in yet another place Peter said that we came
out of darkness through God’s knowledge; he said that we “have escaped the pollutions of
the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 2:20).
God has designed that we continue to grow in His knowledge, “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” (Eph 4:13). Obviously all Christians will
receive God’s knowledge; however, His knowledge is for the whole of humanity, “this is
good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth ” (1 Tim 2:4).
Obviously, God’s knowledge is wonderful; however, can there be a down side to gaining
His knowledge? Doesn’t the Scripture teach that, “in much wisdom is much grief : and he
that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow . What on earth does that mean? Let’s allow
the Amplified Bible give us the most complete answer, “For in much [human] wisdom is
much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow ” (Eccl 1:18) AMP.
The human wisdom is where sorrow is produced not the God kind of knowledge.
That may be true; but, doesn’t the Scripture say in what is clearly an unfavorable tone,
knowledge puffeth up ” (1 Cor 8:1)? Yes indeed the Scripture does make that statement!
Knowledge, even godly knowledge, can manifest in problematic ways! Notice one
negative situation that Paul describes, “For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at
meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to
eat those things which are offered to idols. 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak
brother perish , for whom Christ died?” (1 Cor 8:10-11). We learn here that the free
exercise even of godly knowledge must be tempered! Notice what Paul told the
Corinthians, “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all
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knowledge ; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not
charity , I am nothing” (1 Cor 13:2). Therefore, knowledge without love is completely
empty! That is why Paul wrote just a few verses later, “whether there be knowledge, it
shall vanish away ” (1 Cor 13:8).
Essentially, the Love of God surpasses even the knowledge of God! That is why Paul
wrote, “the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge , (The AMP says “which far
surpasses”) that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Eph 3:19). We merely
need to look to Jesus to observe God’s form of knowledge. Notice that Jesus had all
knowledge; yet, he used His superior knowledge to become a sacrifice for our sins, “ by his
knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities ” (Isa
53:11)! Out of Jesus’ knowledge He endured the cross for our sins!
We are to likewise grow in knowledge through love and vise-versa! We must grow in
knowledge and love together, “I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in
knowledge (Phil 1:9). Notice that it is through knowledge that we abound in love.
God maintains all knowledge within Himself; at the same time He is Love, “to the
acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are
hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:2-3). Our mission is to become
like God. We are to possess knowledge and express love in the same equal proportions, “ if
these things (the love of God and the knowledge of God) be in you , and abound, they make
you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus
Christ ” (2 Peter 1:8). We will continue to grow in both!
God’s kind of knowledge was prophesied to show-up during our time, “seal the book, even
to the time of the end : many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased ” (Dan
12:4). That kind of knowledge is also prophesied for a time yet future. The prophet Isaiah
described a future period when, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD , as
the waters cover the sea” (Isa 11:9).
God will continue to pour out upon us His knowledge, “I
will give you pastors
according to mine heart,
which shall feed you with
knowledge and
understanding ” (Jer 3:15).
Since God will act so
gracious, we are to “ grow
in grace, and in the
knowledge of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ
(2 Peter 3:18).
None of the humanly devised lamps of knowledge such as
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those identified in many of the coat of arms from modern universities can represent the
lamp of God’s knowledge. At best the lamp of God’s knowledge can be observed in the
seven branched candle stick which was pictured in the tabernacle in the wilderness and
which the Book of Revelation depicts in the hand of Jesus, “And he had in his right hand
seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was
as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he
laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last” (Rev
1:16-17).
God is the source of all human knowledge; it is only from his hand that we receive
knowledge!
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