I. Introduction: People with zero spiritual knowledge refer to things as “useless information”.
A. Learning/teaching is primarily need based (Jude 1:1-4).
- It comes down to whether or not learning this or that is relevant and profitable (Acts 20:20).
- Can you USE the knowledge you are gaining (Romans 2:13)?
- When you come to the New Testament, they are profitable when it comes to recognizing the promises of God were kept by bring Christ through the bloodline of Abraham, David, etc. (Matthew 1:1-25).
- However, beyond that, there is not much profit in such studies (Titus 3:9). Why would you spend time there when there are more important things to learn and then do?
II. Body: A Good Understanding Have All They That Do (Psalms 111:10).
A. Being a doer and not a hearer only (Deuteronomy 4:1-6 and James 1:18-27).
- Jesus didn’t teach and leave knowledge without expectation of use. He taught, “this do… Go and do” (Luke 10:25-37).
- The disciples needed to learn about service and humility (Luke 22:24-30). So, Jesus taught such and told them, “if ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:1-17).
- Remember, our Lord is interested in seeing our living of His word, rather than just how much we study it (Luke 6:46).
- While with some things there is an urgency (Psalms 119:57-60), don’t act with too much haste (Proverbs 19:2).
- The right desire to learn, grow, and apply (I Peter 2:1-2 and II Peter 3:18) must be coupled with handling the truth aright (II Timothy 2:14-18).
- Think about this as one, of many, thoughts: I Corinthians 8:1-13
- Whatsoever ye say and do (Colossians 3:16-17).
- When you examine your actions, does your conduct show that you have the right knowledge and that you use it wisely (James 3:13)?
III. Conclusion: Remember, during the days of Ezekiel, what we learned about the erring children of Israel and their “learning” (Ezekiel 33:30-33).
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