Not According to Knowledge

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:1-4 NKJV

This is as true today, as it was then. I often read on Facebook, many comments about loving Jesus, and then I will see a post or share that says, “I have very little knowledge of God, or his word.”
Two ways, in particular, I have seen this. One way is by direct conversation . The other has been by what people post and share.
One area in which people reveal a lack of knowledge is related to being a Christian, and going to heaven. People seem to think and believe things like because they live in America, or because they went to church when they were young, or go now, or because they are a “good person”, that they are a Christian. Some people do understand that you have to believe in Jesus, and they do. So they assume that’s enough. In fact, in one way it is.

If we look further in this chapter we see that Paul says something along those lines. Romans 10:9, ” that if you confess with your mouth, the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” In verse 10, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” But! But the Bible also tells us that “even the demons believe – and tremble!” (James 2:19) Simply being good, or being an American, or going to church does not make you a Christian, regardless of what you “believe” about it. You must do, according to knowledge, what it says in Romans 10. Don’t be deceived by these other things. If you don’t believe in Jesus, and confess his lordship in your life, you are not a Christian. But once you know, you can correct that. Just obey what he said. (Romans 10:9-10)
In another way, what we see is people who do believe in Jesus, and they are saved, but they have no understanding of who God really is. They don’t know his nature. They believe what a preacher has told them, or they align God’s nature with human nature. One particular area is healing. What we often consider most in healing, is the worthiness of the person who needs healing. We saw an example of this in the Gospels. In Luke chapter 7 we find the story of the Centurion. His servant was sick and ready to die so he asked the elders of the Jews to go to Jesus. When they did, “they begged him earnestly, saying that the one for whom he should do this was deserving.” (verse 4) In verse 5 they gave some reasons this was so, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.”

If you read the rest of the story you will find that this is not what moved Jesus. This Centurion told him that he understood being under authority, and having authority. He said if Jesus simply used his authority and “say the word, and my servant will be healed.” (vs. 7a) Jesus marveled at his faith! Why? Because according to knowledge he understood the authority of Jesus. 

The practice of trying to determine whether someone is worthy to be healed reveals that you are not operating according to knowledge. God’s knowledge says, in 1 Peter 2:24b, that “by his stripes we were healed.” He tied, in this verse, our healing with our forgiveness of sins. Jesus forgave sins, no matter what they were, and there is NO sin that is not forgiven. We must receive that forgiveness, but we absolutely CANNOT earn it. By the same token, we must receive the healing that Jesus already took a brutal beating to purchase for us, but we CANNOT earn a healing.

Knowing God (John 17:3) is truly eternal life. And knowing what he has promised puts us in a position to receive the manifestation of those promises, whether that is physical, emotional, or financial. In the 23rd Psalm, God declared that when he is our shepherd we shall not want. Some people want to believe that means we are greedy for “wanting” more than just enough but the reality is, this verse means we should not want FOR anything. 

In 1 Timothy 6:17, Paul told Timothy to “command” rich people to do something. Now, if the gospel was meant for us to only have just enough, then Paul would have commanded rich people to give away their riches. Paul didn’t say that. He told them “not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”

Riches are not the problem. The problem with riches is haughtiness, arrogance, and selfishness. But if you operate according to knowledge, you will remember that “before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.” (Proverbs 18:12) Or, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)

Proverbs 2:4-6 tells us this, “If you seek (wisdom) as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Peter told us (2 Peter 1:2-8) that grace and peace are multiplied to us in the knowledge of God, and that his divine power has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him.” And the importance of knowledge continues to be stressed through verse 8.

We need to know things in order to believe things, in order to see things happen. If we don’t have knowledge, then we will experience the opposite of verse 8. We will be “barren and unfruitful” both in knowledge and in results.

God desires to bless you immensely. If you will put forth a small amount of effort to know God and what his word says, you will be in a position to experience the fullness of his blessing!

Remember, God loves you and so do I. We desire for you to walk in All God’s Best, always! God loves you just as you are, but he loves you far too much to leave you that way!

To learn more about God’s love and compassion for us, check out these related posts (click on the title for the link):

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You can also get a copy of my book, a book on the liberty we have in Christ (not nutrition as the title may suggest) on Amazon (click on the title): Eat Healthy…Most of the Time!