Published on February 23, 2014
Introduction: • When you obey the gospel you become a new creation in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:17; Acts 18:8; 2:38; 8:37 – Born again… John 3; 1 Peter 1:23 – Our new outlook is fresh and joyful! Galatians 2:20; Philippians 4:4 • We need to be concerned about our spiritual health too. 1 Tim. 4:8 • So we build a new self from the inside. Romans 12:1-2
Building A New You Begins With Proper Knowledge •2 Peter 1:5 “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge” •Our virtue (Courage) is of little value without the knowledge to go along with it! Romans 10:1-3 •Without the proper knowledge of God we will be destroyed… Hosea 4:6-7 •We should pursue knowledge from our childhood throughout our old age! Prov. 4:5-7; Acts 17:11 •We might be worldly wise but destitute of the knowledge of God. 1 Cor. 1:21, 23-24; 1 Tim. 6:20
Proper Knowledge Is Commanded: •Commanded by Peter: 2 Peter 3:18 “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” •Commanded by the apostle Paul: Romans 16:19 “For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.” 1 Corinthians 14:20 “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.” •see also Hebrews 5:12-14
Things We Need To Know: • The Will of God – (Matthew 7:21) Eph. 5:17; Romans 6:17-18; Col. 1:9-10 • The Love of Christ: Eph. 3:17-19; 1 Cor. 13:13; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 13:8 • The Hope of God’s calling: Eph. 1:18; Heb. 6:19; Eph. 4:4 • The Greatness of His power: Eph. 1:19-22; 1 Cor. 6:14
The Source of Our Knowledge: • The Treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ (Col. 2:3). • These Treasures of wisdom and knowledge are only obtained through study. Psalm 119:104; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:15 Eph. 3:4 “by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”
Results of Knowledge: • It should cause us to grow… 2 Peter 3:18 – How? 1 Peter 2:1-3 • It increases our responsibility… Luke 12:41-48 James 4:17 “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Conclusion: • We are often responsible for our own ignorance. Rom. 1:28; Mt. 13:15 • Eternity will be determined based upon our knowledge of God’s word and how we then apply it in our life. • We should realize how little we know and strive to know more! Mt. 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”
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