“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40
Knowing Jesus and knowing the Bible are two different things. There is carnal knowledge and supernatural knowledge. The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation. “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:4. Today I want to talk about the gift of knowledge.
“for one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:8
Without Jesus the Word of God is carnal knowledge. The Holy Spirit is He who reveals the knowledge of the Word of God. This cannot be understood with eyes that are veiled. One must ask Jesus into their heart, accept the Lord as their Saviour and He unveils their eyes. We can’t unveil anyone’s eyes, we can’t give anyone supernatural knowledge, we can only tell them of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and allow Him to do His work in them. The revelation of God’s Word to each one of us is what builds our faith – not other’s knowledge. When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sugar coated by knowledge and not revelation it becomes irrelevant. Satan has the knowledge of Jesus, he even quoted the Word of God back to Jesus in Matthew 4:6 on the pinnacle of the temple.
Our faith is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our victory is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we receive His gifts. Only through the Holy Spirit is the Word of God revealed. God’s Word is more special than silver and gold when revealed through the Lord Himself.
When judgment day comes and we’re looking into the eyes of our loved ones, did we tell them about Jesus or did we tell them about His grace only? Did we tell them about Jesus and allow the Lord to reveal His Word in them or did we try to do His work for them? Yes, the Lord has sent us preachers and teachers. Yes, we love to learn all things of the Lord. We, as Christians, know Jesus. Our faith is made stronger through the revelation of God through His Word, not the knowledge. The Lord responds to our faith, not our knowledge. We must put pride to the side and humble ourselves before the Lord and seek Him, not knowledge of Him.
We can’t dilute the Gospel of Jesus. We can’t advance in our Christian growth without first starting at the foot of the Cross of Jesus. To see someone humble before the Lord, with childlike faith, glorifies God and is a testimony of His grace. Jesus was not ashamed of us when He was on the Cross, He was faithful then and is faithful today. Throw away pride, forget knowledge and seek Jesus first. Don’t be that person on judgment day that was too proud to talk to your children, your family and your friends about Jesus. – Donna Warren