Knowledge vs Understanding

Knowledge vs Understanding

You can visit the mountain top but you can’t live there (on this side of the curtain of time).

Our soul (once we have been converted) is bound for the heavenly realms, but while we occupy this earthly body we are tied to this temporary condition we call life.  Our adversary, the devil, is here to make sure we don’t forget it.  Nevertheless, we can experience seasons of refreshing.

Now that I am older, though the Spirit still indwells, I am tempered by the passage of time and trials.  To a certain extent I live through past glories, most of which were attended by hard circumstances.

For the most part, my experience has shown, victories don’t come without there first being a battle. Of course the battle that was already fought and won for us on the cross of Christ.  The victory won there is a victory we can all share because He paid the ultimate price

I think the greatest battle ever fought, is fought in the heart and mind of man.  Jesus, as a young man, began to show the difference between knowledge and understanding.  In Luke 2:41-50, Jesus and his parents  attended the Passover. He was 12 years of age.  Having lost track of him, his parents finally “found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions.  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.”

Again in Luke 24:44-45, at the end of his ministry and earthly life, speaking to his disciples,

he said unto them,  ‘These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me.’ THEN opened he their UNDERSTANDING, that they might understand the scriptures.

I believe that unless Jesus Christ opens your understanding, you can learn what the Bible says all the days of your life and never come to the knowledge of the truth.

In St. John 3 we find the story of Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews.  He came to Jesus by night, and said unto him,

‘Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.’ Now Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, (truly, truly) I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see (understand) the kingdom of God.’

Nicodemus saith unto him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’  Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, ‘How can these things be?’  Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Art thou a master of Israel and knoweth not these things?  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen, and ye receive not our witness.  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?’

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up;  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world; but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.


~~Depiction: Frans Francken I: Jesus among the Doctors

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