“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” 1 Corinthians 8:2
This verse spoke to me today, because of so many reasons, but mostly because I know that I don’t know everything. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, the knowledge I have is but a wisp, a quickly passing thought, a daydream soon forgotten. It was the philosopher Socrates who said words very similar to these which the Apostle Paul wrote.
Socrates said, “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing,” which, expectedly, is a profound statement. The very tip of an iceberg is the extent of what man collectively knows today, even though we live in the so called “Information Age.” Information is at our very fingertips, through portable devices that allow us to instantly search the internet to find answers to questions that arise throughout the day. Yet, for all the wondrous technological advances we make as a society, in general, we are not learning any of the things to which we seek these answers.
It is as though once the answer is found, it no longer matters. We just move on to the next question, because should the previous question arise again in the future, we can simply search the answer once more. The information may be readily available, but there is no personal gain by not searching out the answers for ourselves, through experience or research of our own, accepting someone else’s research and conclusions as true without challenge.
This is the way of the current world. Sure there may be those who are delving into research, looking for the answers themselves, and praise God for them and their drive because they are finding better ways to treat disease, more efficiently utilize fuel, better ways of eating, and so on; but, unlike the rest of the world, as believers, we are to be like those few who do their own research.
The Apostle Paul preached the Cross, and in doing so, he planted many, many churches. Yet, even he had to be instructed by The Lord. As Saul of Tarsis, he was an educated, bilingual (maybe trilingual) Pharisee; yet, he did not fully understand the scriptures as he should. He needed instruction as to what they meant, and how Jesus fulfilled prophecy and made everything in those scriptures come to life with His life. The Word needed to be expounded upon in the Spirit. After being stopped by the resurrected Christ Himself, Paul would spend much time with God in the Word, in prayer, and in meditation so that he could be instructed by the Holy Spirit as to the opening up of God’s Word.
Jesus was our example of how to live the perfect life. The Apostle Paul was our example of how to learn from the Spirit, how to grow in the Spirit, and how to follow the Spirit. Total surrender to God was how he did it, because he trusted Jesus. He knew that he didn’t know it all, though at one point he probably thought he did. So, he wrote for the benefit of the Corinthians, and for us, that if we think we know anything, we had better check ourselves that our knowledge comes from God. Nothing that was made was made apart from God, and thus, He alone knows all things about all things. Whatever we think we know, we need to be open and soft, teachable, that the Spirit may show us what is true and what is nonsense.
There is knowledge gained from the world, which we can only see in part, and there is knowledge gained from the Creator of the world. May we seek the Creator for answers to what we really need to know. May we know what’s important. That is who we are, why we’re here, and Who God is. We are the creation, so Who better to teach us about ourselves than the One by Whose Hand we were made?
Be blessed, my brethren, and may The Lord open up the scriptures to you all that His Love may go deeper into you and flow more powerfully from you as you grow closer to Him as He imparts the knowledge of Truth to you.