A. Knowledge has always been of great importance among the children of God (Proverbs 23:12, Hosea 4:1-6, Hosea 6:6, Romans 10:1-3, and II Peter 3:15-18).
- It is a shameful thing for Christians to lack knowledge (I Corinthians 15:34).
- It simply is not good to be without knowledge (Proverbs 19:2).
- Not that knowledge is always pleasant (Ecclesiastes 1:18).
- We are not just talking about learning, as learning doesn’t always equate to knowledge (II Timothy 3:7).
- As we often remind ourselves of, knowledge can also lead to being puffed up (I Corinthians 8:1) which can be dangerous even when it comes to our brethren and their liberties (I Corinthians 8:2-13).
- To get it right, look at learning as the key to knowing how to please God (I Thessalonians 4:1-5).
II. Body: It Is MORE About What You Do/Do Not Do Than What You Know (Romans 2:1-13 and James 1:21-27; 3:13).
A. Consider what Jesus taught about being a doer (Matthew 7:21-27).
- Consider the links between grace, peace, growth, and being fruitful in Christ (II Peter 1:1-12).
- Who has a good understanding (Psalms 111:10)?
- Jesus taught so the hearer would go and do (Luke 10:25-37).
- Learn, think, act (Psalms 119:57-60).
- Remember, faith without actions is dead (James 2:14-26).
- How often (Psalms 106:3)?
- As priests (I Peter 2:5-9 and Revelation 1:4-6), consider a loose application from Psalms 132:9.
- Doing righteousness is deliverance (Proverbs 11:6) opposed to being lost (Romans 1:18 and II Thessalonians 2:10).
- We know there is a time and various circumstances wherein we need to be ready to give answer (Proverbs 22:20-21, Colossians 4:5-6, I Peter 3:14-17, Jude 1:3-4, etc.).
- Yet, we know there are other times wherein we should not answer (Matthew 7:1-6, Matthew 10:11-15, Acts 18:5-6, Romans 16:17-18, I Timothy 1:3-7, II Timothy 2:23, Titus 3:9-11, etc.).
- Keep us from erring (Mark 12:18-27).
- To be a disciple, free in Christ (John 8:31-32).
- The proper way to view tribulation (Romans 5:1-3 and James 1:1-4).
- Motivation to reveal Christ to others (II Corinthians 5:11).
- Fruitful in every good work as we increase in knowledge (Colossians 1:10). *Context (Colossians 1:9-11) is about the spiritual gift of knowledge (cf. I Corinthians 12:8; 13:8).
- Being renewed (Colossians 3:10).
- Keeps us from the vengeance of God (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
- To be wise unto salvation, equipped unto every good work (II Timothy 3:14-17).
- Not following in the steps of those that erred in the past (Hebrews 3:7-10; cf. Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:1-13).
- Having good marriages (I Peter 3:7).
- Understanding that what we face as saints is not uncommon (I Peter 5:8-9).
- Escaping the pollutions of the world (II Peter 2:20).
- Confidence in the reward (I John 5:13; 5:20).
- And so much more (Proverbs 2:1-16, Proverbs 11:9, Proverbs 17:27-28, Proverbs 24:5, etc., etc., etc.).
III. Conclusion: When you know, you’d better do (James 4:13-17).
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