What Do You Really Know?
John 5:39 “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
The religious leaders knew the Torah for they had studied it in-depth for years. The problem was that they had become satisfied with knowing the scriptures but refused to know the one to whom they pointed. They had incredible amounts of head knowledge, but it had not led to heart understanding. The scriptures were the written word, but before them stood the word incarnate and they refused to believe.
There are plenty of brilliant people in this world who have all kinds of head knowledge. I have met those who have studied the scriptures and theology in depth and yet they do not know Christ. There is a difference between knowing about Christianity and knowing Christ. We may have the ability to articulate our particular position on a controversial topic but what does that mean if we don’t know Christ!
We should not take pride in our Bible Studies, nor our degrees, nor the number of books on our shelves. The call for us is to know Christ and this is a deeply intimate calling. The question is not how much do you know, but do you reflect the one that you are getting to know?
Lord, may I know you more and more each day. Amen.
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