There are so-called Christians among us who feel that they deserve our uttermost respect because they have diligently studied the scriptures and their knowledge makes them superior to the rest of us. The irony, of course, is that anyone can study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and become fully educated in its logic. But unfortunately, logic will not lead us to God. We need to be careful who we follow because not all teachers of logic—theologians—know God.
And while their knowledge can be a blessing to us, we need to be careful that we don’t follow these teachers instead of God. We need to study the Bible ourselves and let God teach us rather than depend on someone just because they claim to know it all. And we can never allow these people to manipulate our lives to the point where we begin to question our own walk with God.
Theologians today are comparable to the scribes we learn about in the New Testament. These are the people who knew the words of the scriptures because their job was to make copies of the original transcripts. [They did this by hand since our convenience of technology wasn’t developed at that time.] So these people were very knowledgeable in the scriptures, but they didn’t know God.
- For I say unto you, ‘That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven’.—Matthew 5:20
We learn from their approach and attitude toward Jesus that they were filled with the knowledge, but had no heartfelt commitment to the truth. In other words, they were fully educated in the scriptures, but lacked in love and commitment to God. They didn’t recognize that Jesus was the promised Messiah, and when they began to put it together through the crowds who followed our Lord, they denied who He was and wouldn’t even humble themselves before Him. They considered themselves so high and mighty that they even conspired to kill Jesus.
They were scribes. They knew it all. They were puffed up in their minds and demanded the respect of the people and bowed down to no one. And many theologians today are no different. Their desire is to make themselves better through studying for knowledge, rather than to be humbled with a heart of servitude to God. And that can be extremely dangerous.
- From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.—Matthew 16:21
They love to debate sections of scripture, but let anyone challenge their knowledge and some of them get outright angry and even cruel toward those who dared to question them. And sadly, some even use words that are shocking for so-called Christians. These theologians are not up to correction at all, and they certainly don’t appreciate anyone adding anything to their conclusions. They believe that they are better than the rest of us and they inadvertently demand our submission to them.
And while it’s always good to respect someone who knows more than we do, it’s not acceptable that they think they have the right to demand it! What many of them fail to realize is that we are ALL saved by grace, that we have ALL sinned and that when we come to Jesus and repent, He forgives us ALL and fills us with His Holy Spirit. They miss the fact that when we are saved, we are ALL equal to each other in God’s eyes.
- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.—Romans 3:23
When we study, His Spirit will teach us the truth—the revelation behind the words in the Bible. We can read about who Jesus is and we can use logic to agree with it all, but unless it’s in our heart, it means nothing! We are not saved because of what we know; we are saved because of what we believe!
- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.—Romans 10:9
And if we believe and accept that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth, died on the cross for our sins, was raised by God on the third day, lives forever more as our Lord and Savior and is about to return to earth again as our King, then we are saved. We study the Bible because we want to know HIM and He will teach us as we go. We will gradually become like Jesus, bearing the same fruits as Jesus and having the same love for others that He has for us. We will become more knowledgeable in the scriptures, but our heart will grow in leaps and bounds and we illuminate God’s love everywhere we go. And that’s because He is leading us; we are not leading ourselves because of who we think we are. We are letting Jesus lead us because of who we KNOW we are.
- Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.—1 John 4:7-8
When we love God, we also love the brethren. We don’t belittle or berate them because they don’t know or understand what we do. We love them because we all belong to God and He died for all of us. We are humbled and we develop a heart of servitude, one that wants to share God’s love and grace with others, one that is educated in the scriptures through revelation—not through self-earned logic.
When we get to the point where we feel we know it all and that we are above correction, that’s when we need to stop because we have missed the mark completely! We need to turn around, go back to where we left Jesus and repent—and then follow Him!
And if we don’t know Jesus, then we need to repent, ask Him to forgive us and fill us with His Spirit so that we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are saved!
- Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?’ 23 And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity’.—Matthew 7:21-23
We live in a world that is plagued with darkness, and sometimes it gets very difficult to see the Light, especially when we allow ourselves to be entangled with “scribes” whose hearts aren’t set on serving God, but rather on their own glory. But God has given us His Spirit who lives in us, and as we study the scriptures with a humble heart so we can know Him and serve Him better, we will be able to do all that Jesus has called us to do. And we will do it all to the glory of God!
- Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.—Romans 15:7
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