A. Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”I. Who are God’s people today?1. The context of this passage relates to the people of Israel and the failure of the priests. [Christians are the priests today – I Peter 2:5; 2:9, and Revelation 1:5-6].B. Knowledge defined:
A. Those who are led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14-18 and Galatians 4:6-7).II. How do God’s people obtain knowledge?1. God promised He would write His law in the hearts of men (Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews 8:10).B. Those who are baptized (Galatians 3:26-27).a. Prior to the completion of the New Testament it was miraculous (I Corinthians 12:8).2. The Spirit then (revealed word now) is like a mirror, when we look into it we see whether or not we are truly the children of God (Hebrews 4:12-13 and James 1:21-25).*But there was a point where the miraculous was to end (I Corinthians 12:31; 13:8-10 and James 1:25).b. Today we have the completion of the New Testament and the written word works on our hearts (Colossians 3:16, Matthew 13:19, and Romans 10:10; 17).
A. Through the written word (Ephesians 3:1-4).III. What destruction awaits those who reject knowledge?1. By studying it:B. We are commanded to grow in knowledge (II Peter 3:18).a. John 5:392. By being taught it:
A. In O.T. times it was physical bondage (Isaiah 5:13).1. Proverbs 1:27-31B. Today, those who lack knowledge:1. Choose to be ignorant (Ephesians 4:17-19)C. The old saying “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” Hmmm – Acts 17:30.a. If they seek, they will find (Matthew 7:7).2. Those who do not know God will have vengeance taken upon them (II Thessalonians 1:8-9).
A. Once you have obtained knowledge you must APPLY that knowledge:2002 by Brian Yeager may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes at no cost to others.1. James 4:17B. Notice Paul’s attitude:1. Philippians 3:7-11