God’s Word is clear about the kind of knowledge He wants us to have and the kind of knowledge He wants us to reject. In the fourth chapter of Ephesians, Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, lists the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and His church, and the end result of their faithful ministry of His Word by His grace and power.
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift…. Ephesians 4:7
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ-from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 11-16
The point of all ministries is that we should increase in our knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be protected from the false teaching of this unbelieving world. Our knowledge of Jesus Christ is what empowers us to live as He has called us to live and to serve one another through the exposition of the truth in love. The knowledge that pleases our God and Father is the knowledge that comes only from knowing Jesus Christ and His Word the Bible.
The prophet Jeremiah was sent to an apostate nation bent on worshipping false gods and following after their own desires, just like it is today. Read God’s exhortation to His people through His prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah chapter nine.
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24
In John chapter 17 Jesus gives greater clarification to knowing God in His prayer to God His Father and ours.
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hours has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as you have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent.” John 17:1-3
Jesus Christ, God the Son of God, glorified His Father when He accomplished His work on the cross, died in our stead, took the punishment our sin deserves and then rose from the dead authenticating Who He is and what He did. Through Jesus Christ and His work, which He accomplished for the Father and His children, those of us who have believed in Him and put our faith in Him, we see God’s lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness on display. He sent His Son in love and He judged our sins on Him in righteousness. Jesus loved us and gave Himself for us, received the judgment we deserve for our sinful rebellion against a Holy God and bequeathed to us His righteousness. We will know and glorify God the Father as we know His Son Jesus Christ, through Whom we have eternal life and know God. If we are His, given to Him by the Father, we will have eternal life and know and glorify God. In the third chapter of Second Peter we read God commands us to grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ.
… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Remember this growth in the knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ is in contrast to being led astray by those who are false and twist the Scriptures.
In much of First and Second Timothy, Paul, via the Holy Spirit, warns Timothy against false teaching, false teachers and false brethren. At the end of First Timothy Paul exhorts Timothy to reject what is profane and to hold on to the truth.
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge-by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:20-21
What was committed to his trust? This is explained in second Timothy chapter one.
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:13
Where do we find the sounds words that were given to Timothy? We find them in the Word of God, the Bible, through faith and the love of Jesus Christ. Paul exhorted Timothy to hold to the teaching that he had passed on to him and to turn away from the error of wicked men that may have a semblance of profundity but in truth is poison to the soul. So it is still today, those false teachers and their false teachings are to be avoided at all costs, as they can lead us astray from the simplicity that is in Jesus Christ and dilute our devotion to Him and love for one another. Here are a couple of warnings from the mouth of Jesus Christ that are revelatory as we become cognizant of the false teaching and evil error that pervades the church today.
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:12-13
“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8
Let us reject all erroneous opinions of fallen sinful man in their many manifestations, and let us hold to the revealed Word of God, the Bible, to the praise, honor and glory of God our Savior and our Beloved Lord, Jesus Christ. As we hold fast to Jesus Christ and His Word, we will be rejected, but let us remember that God is the Judge and Avenger, and that He will take care of His own. Let us remain true to the knowledge that guarantees eternal life and reject what is falsely called knowledge which leads to hell.