“But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” MT. 22:29 ESV
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3 ESV
In the book of Luke, the 4th chapter verses 1-13, reveals how Jesus was tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days. During his encounter with the evil one, there is a battle of Will. Jesus is tempted with economic, political, and religious offers. If he pursues the devil’s offer, he would reneged on his mission. We know the outcome. Jesus did resist the well packaged, attractive offers and went on to fulfill His Father’s objectives.
There are those Bible teachers that state Jesus won simply because he quoted scripture. That because He verbally stated scripture, that the devil was obliged to stand back. Yet didn’t the devil himself quote scripture to Jesus? If that was the case, then wouldn’t Jesus have to likewise step back? No, I believe the reason the devil retreated was simply because Jesus knew God’s position on each carnal temptation. In knowing, he resisted the devil’s offer and the devil therefore fled (James 4:7).
To know scripture is to know God’s character, values, and position on each relevant topic. When we come to know scripture as an expression of its Author, and when we align ourselves with the Maker of this reality, we then begin to walk with Him. When we know that we know His values, we begin to live-out those attributes in our own lives. We then begin to experience the abundant life that God originally created for us but was stolen by Satan. Whatever the topic, we study and learn what God’s position is on it, and we begin to live-out His reality. As we live-out True reality, we come to know more about God and His Ways. We begin to truly experience the with God-life.
To know is the assurance of God. To know something as an idea is the first step toward the process. Yet to know something because you lived through it, is a deeper level of knowledge. This is the level of knowledge that we need to seek with God.
When we use scripture as the basis of learning about God, and then begin to faithfully live-out that reality, we only then begin to experience the grace-filled, life-giving adventure of being a master apprentice of Jesus Christ.
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