Nena Arias | June 5, 2023
“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord.”
The main focus of this article is to point out that the most important knowledge in any person’s life is not to have a good level of knowledge about history, science, literature and the best authors in any given field, music, mathematics, economy, nature, physics, etc. It’s not even to be wealthy or command a position of power. You can live without all that information and power to make it through life but if you lack biblical knowledge, you have lost everything that is important in this life and in the one to come. That is not an overstatement, it is reality.
An important fact is that many people may even pretend to be knowledgeable of God and the Bible and they may even use biblical verses to support their decisions and conversations. But that is a great distance from knowing, using, and living out the Word of God. Matthew 7:21-23 says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven…and then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you workers of lawlessness.’”
It is common for lawbreakers, politicians and even actors to wrongfully quote and apply Bible portions to support erroneous talking points and even legislation to sound more convincing to the Bible ignorant public. When the audiences are not knowledgeable of the true Christian faith, these public figures which include clergy trash the Bible and Christians.
Human knowledge may fade or even change or be forgotten altogether but God’s Word is totally different, it will never pass away. “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-20)
God’s moral law is not subject to the cultural trends of society; violation of his absolutes is the reason nations are in constant turmoil in all areas of life. When one biblical verse is isolated with the purpose of making it say what we want to say, and our perspective opposes the full counsel of God’s revealed truth, the damage is significant.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits…” (Matthew 7:13-16)
A meaningful life with true purpose can only be understood and experienced through the knowledge of God’s Word and under his conditions. Misguided interpretation of the Scriptures is always a certainty for personal and social chaos.
We humans are fallible, and only the Word of God is infallible. We should always verify everything we hear and read in the Scriptures. This is important because the Bible is the only authority to interpret the Bible; Scripture interprets Scripture. this means we must become serious students of God’s Word; nothing less satisfies our hunger for true knowledge.
All of us are ignorant in many things, but none of us should ever be neophytes when it comes to understanding the biblical worldview.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.’”