What Do You Know?

When someone says, “I don’t know nearly as much as I thought I did when I was younger”, what does that mean? Those who hear and misunderstand this idea may conclude that the speaker lacks convictions or that he is a moderate, sits on a fence or otherwise doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to take a position. But, at least in my case, nothing could be further from the truth.

         I am convinced that when God gave us the Bible, he gave us all he intended for us to know with absolute certainty. What he didn’t address or the blanks in our understanding he didn’t fill in are not eternally important. A Christian errs when, after filling in those blanks with his personal opinions, he imposes those opinions upon others, makes them tests of faithfulness and fellowship and, as did Diotrephes, “refuses to welcome the brothers” and “puts them out of the church” (3 John 9,10), at least the one that exists in his own mind and imagination.

         As Christians we must be content with the fact that there are some things that are outside our realm of understanding and outside our right to deliver a verdict. As Moses taught Israel of old “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). But there are other things that are not “secret things”. They are “the things that are revealed”. They are the things for which we can produce book, chapter and verse for the position we hold and teach. They are the things of which we can say, “I know this is true because the Book says so.”

         The apostle Paul reminded Timothy that “the sacred writings…are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). The “sacred writings”, the Bible—it alone possesses that ability. Everything else is a matter of opinion.

Brad Fry

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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