Summary: Spiritual growth begins and continues with knowledge, spiritual understanding and wisdom regarding the absolute truth of Gods Word.
Colossians 1:9 cont.
(2 Timothy 3:1-9) (Highlight verse 7)
Knowledge is a powerful thing. This passage in 2 Timothy points out the danger of it with the absence of understanding and wisdom. Ask any highly successful business man, like Bill Gates for instance, what the secret of their success is, and you will probably hear the word “knowledge”. They know everything there is to know about the profession they are in. And, if they don’t, they learn it. They make sure they know everything there is to know about their competition. In knowing all these things, they understand how the facts affect their business. With that understanding, they can wisely make decisions that will increase their profits and minimize loss. This is the same basic concept that Paul expresses in verse 9 here in the first chapter of Colossians. Knowledge is the foundational starting point in spiritual growth and, as we will learn later in our study of Colossians, it is also the means of its continuation. However, without understanding and wisdom, knowledge is not only useless, but destructive and deadly. The knowledge that Paul is referring to in vs. 9 is the complete and totally accurate knowledge of God’s will. It is the same thing Paul refers to in 2 Timothy 3:7 that these people are never able to attain. He says they are always learning, or increasing in knowledge, but never attain true knowledge because the knowledge they have is absent of spiritual understanding and wisdom. There are two types of people that reflect this type of knowledge.
1) There are people who know God’s Word cover to cover and they can empress you immensely with this knowledge of scripture. However, when you look at their lifestyle and the activities that occupy their time, it becomes evident that they talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. Their lives are laden with sin and corruption.
2) There are those whom, as Paul is really referring to in 2 Timothy, have studied scripture to a great extent. They to can greatly impress you with their knowledge. But their understanding of scripture is based upon lust, greed and selfish desire. They take the truths of God’s word and twist them to fit their own wants. They don’t care to understand God’s purposes as revealed in the knowledge of His truth but only to attain to their own.
This week, before we venture on to verse 10, I would like to go into further depth on these three points: knowledge, spiritual understanding and wisdom. There is so much deep truth and vital information in verse 9 that it cannot possibly be covered in one hour. In fact, it is so important that, if you can fully grasp this foundational concept, your whole Christian walk will be miraculously transformed. It will transform your study of scripture. It will transform your service to God. And, it will energize your faith and your pursuit of holiness.
Last week I pointed out three things we must do in order to attain the knowledge of God’s will. They where: 1) desire it, 2) depend on the Holy Sprit to reveal it, and 3) study its source.