Summary: Doctrines of the Bible
Intro: Paul spent a lot of time defending his apostleship. He gave his conversion story on several occasions. Paul explained that even though he was a very religious man, a scholar in many ways, he did a lot of things out of ignorance. I Timothy 1: 13 states that he obtained mercy because he had operated ignorantly. Paul uses the words ignorant, ignorance, and ignorantly in several of his writings. In every situation he tells people that they must be on guard to spiritual ignorance or spiritual blindness. Tonight, I would like to look at these verses and give Paul’s warnings against spiritual ignorance.
AVOIDING SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE
Romans 11:25—this mystery—Paul in writing to gentile believers wanted to make sure they had a full understanding of a great mystery. God revealed Himself to the Jewish nation, He had called Israel to Himself, and because of hardness of heart, disobedience, and outright rebellion, God punished Israel. In great mercy and love, He engrafted in the gentiles.
· The first thing Paul doesn’t want any of us to forget is that we are all products of grace and mercy. We are a branches grafted into the vine.
Paul wants gentile believers to be constantly aware of God’s grace in our lives.
· If God can punish the original branches for disobedience, we should walk in reverence and obedience, because if we rebel against Him, we took could be cut off.
· Also, that God isn’t finished with His chosen people. This was also a warning to gentiles not to be conceited or puff up against the Jewish nation. We are to pray for them, bless them, and realize God still has a plan for Israel.
II. I Corinthians 10:1-5 Paul reminds us here that we should not be ignorant that God did great things for the Jewish nation, they saw miracles, they saw powerful moves of God, and still they ended up going in circles in the desert because of unbelief.
· Paul says that Israel is an example to us, not to rebel, not to harden our hearts, don’t to let doubt, fear and unbelief rob us of our victory.
· I think there is another valuable point, the ones that saw the most mighty things in God, were those who still missed God. Every day we must guard our hearts, we must walk in faith not emotions or even great experience. It is God’s Word that will carry you through to the promise land.
I Corinthians 12:1—not ignorant concerning spiritual gifts.
I will not spend a lot of time here, but Paul wants believers to understand the operation of the Spirit of God in their lives, and the manifestations of the Spirit to edify the church.
So many people don’t realize that God has made available His power through the Spirit of God.
2 Corinthians 2:11—not ignorant to the devices that Satan will use against the believer.
· Paul reminds us here that Satan has many devices or schemes to cause us to fall. Everyday you must be aware of his plans, you must be on guard to his tactics.
· The Word and Prayer are the places of revelation of the devil’s devices. God will give you wisdom, insight and discernment. You will walk in a spiritual awareness.