Knowledge is gotten from the root-word “know”. Hence, to have knowledge is to know. A saying goes “Knowledge is power” and it’s true because it is a very crucial part of living; those who know more than others tend to be those in position of power. The power of knowledge is not just limited to the secular world alone, it is also very vital spiritually. How important is knowledge to us spiritually and how can we acquire it? Stick around because you’re about to find out.
Knowledge of God’s will
“My people perish because of lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6. If you go up further in this chapter, you’d realize that a lot of evil was spreading in the land at that time and so people of God were being destroyed by both their actions and the consequences of their actions. Here, the Scripture says that this was because they lacked knowledge. Where do the two lines meet? That the children of God had no knowledge of the will of God was a major reason behind their evil acts. When Jesus was on the cross, before giving up the ghost, He said “forgive them Lord for they know not what they are doing” Luke 23:34. Which means sin has a deep root in ignorance of God’s will or the consequences of disobeying His will. As believers, when we have a full knowledge of what God’s will is and its importance, we kill the power of sin our lives.
Knowledge of who and what a believer is
It’s easy to see why Paul the Apostle always hammered on getting knowledge (see Romans to Hebrews). You become a powerless Christian without knowledge of who a Christian is exactly. A popular saying goes (paraphrased) “when the use of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”. You will become a Christian that abuses or misuses his status as a Christian if you do not know what and who a Christian is, read that again. I was having a conversation with a friend some days ago and we were talking of how many believers are so oblivious of the scripture that says “know ye not that ye are gods” (Psalm 82:6; John 10:34). They have no awareness of who they are so they sit back and let the enemy mess with them. The name of Jesus is powerful alright, but you cannot harness a power you know nothing about. Spend time with God through His word because that’s where you’d know Him and when you find and know Him, you’d know who you are in Him, what you are capable of doing and the things you have access to, in Him through Jesus Christ; it is there that your power lies. Furthermore, when you know you are God’s child, you would act like one. When you know you are a person chosen by God because of His love for you, you’d act like someone whom God loves. You would not want to offend Him by sinning or throwing away your status as His child by disregarding Him.
Knowledge of God
Again, Daniel 11:32b KJV tells us that “those that know their God shall be strong and do exploits”. So, it is possible to believe in the existence of God but not know Him. Knowing God can only be through being intimate with Him, by studying and staying glued to His word which solidifies your trust in Him and helps you to be more conscious of His Sovereign power. Knowledge of God’s will is great, knowledge of who and what a believer is, is super but incredibility comes from knowing God. Peter was able to heal the crippled man at the beautiful gate because he knew his God (Acts 3:1-9). The three Hebrew boys were able to bravely face the consequences of their rightful disobedience to the king’s orders to bow to his carved image because they knew their God (Daniel 3:16-18). Apostle Paul made a bold declaration that if God be for us who can be against us because he knew his God (Romans 8:31). Quick question, do you know your God? God knows you but do you know Him?
The bible is the believer’s guide to all the knowledge he needs for life and eternity.
We can gain knowledge, the right type of knowledge from actively studying the word. Also, fellowshipping with other believers helps in the sharing of knowledge (note that Paul who was a great advocate for acquiring knowledge also promoted fellowshipping…a lot). Always remember that “a Christian is nothing without love, can do nothing without grace and has nothing without knowledge”.