how we know

Paul said that if anyone thinks they know anything, then they don’t know as they ought. But whoever loves God is known by God. Paul certainly did not eschew knowledge. He was a man of books and knowledge, and acknowledged that he had knowledge, when under attack. Paul does tell us elsewhere that we know in part. And there is a gift of knowledge within the body of Christ, the church.

It is how we know that matters. Because life is not just about learning knowledge, or trying to understand reality, but living well in that reality, or with what we have learned. It is about relating. And since persons are a big part of reality, it is about relationships.

Jesus said that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. And the second like it is to love our neighbors as ourselves. That all the law and the prophets hang on those commands.

So it would seem clear enough that we should be humble about what we believe, knowing it is all dependent on God. And not understood completely by us. And yet we are to hold to the truth as it is revealed in Jesus. But that truth at its heart is relational, rooted and oriented in love. The love of God in Jesus. And out from that to the world, by the cross.

Knowledge is important, but how we know is more important yet, and love must inform and shape everything. We are not know-it-alls. And yet we in Jesus are known by God through Christ. That is our chief orientation from which we begin to try to understand and continue to learn. Together in Jesus and for the world.

2 comments on “how we know

  1. Deborah says:

    There was a time before the Lord got my attention that I thought I knew it all but He kindly taught me you do not know all that you think you know. The wake up call to get rid of self righteousness. Now I get to learn something new everyday with the touch of Grace and then the Lord helps me to apply it to my life by putting me in circumstances to teach humility and the meaning of showing mercy while learning about God more and more daily.

    Thank you Ted for your wise words from a heart that has been humbled before our Lord and Savior.

    • Thanks for sharing that, Deborah. I think a big problem is our thinking that somehow we can be absolutely right (not that some things are not clear enough), or that we have the full take on anything. That is missing the point in following Jesus, I’m afraid.

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