“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…Ever Learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth,” Paul writes (2 Timothy 3:1, 2a, 7). I believe we are living in those days today. That is, many people are ever learning while failing to come to know the truth.
These days, we are experiencing an explosion of knowledge on the subject of God and His works. Archaeological findings shed valuable light on cultures dating back to biblical times. Through our many Bible colleges and seminaries, we can obtain advanced degrees in religious studies and theology.
But as I read the Bible, it seems as if men such as Moses, Abraham and David knew more about God and were more attuned to Him than we are today—although they did not have access to the vast amount of knowledge that we have.
My point is that against the backdrop of our explosion of knowledge, we seem to be moving increasingly farther from God. Scientists can find their way to Mars, but many faithful churchgoers can’t find their way to God. We can look in a dictionary or encyclopedia and learn the definition of just about any imaginable term, but even some religious leaders find themselves struggling with the biblical definition of a family.
In effect, many are ever learning but failing to know the truth.
How We Come to Know the Truth
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” Jesus says (John 8:31-32, NASB). These words hold the key to how we come to know the truth.
Jesus says we must continue in His Word. That means we must do more than learn the Word of God. We must continue in those truths we learn until we experience those truths firsthand.
For instance, it’s one thing to know that the Bible says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us or more accurately, that Paul says that concerning himself (Philippians 4:13). It’s another thing for us to embrace and apply what Paul says to our own life until we personally experience the reality of that truth.
The point is that learning upon learning of biblical facts is not how we come to know the truth. Rather, we must apply those truths by making them a part of our daily lives.
As for me, some of the greatest biblical truths that have come to light for me were obtainable only through the ministry challenges I experienced. As my faith was tested, I was forced to trust God and to continue in His Word.
The mistake many churchgoers make is that they regard Christianity as merely a religion when it is in fact a way of life. As such, the goal is not to study the Bible or listen to a sermon just to become more religiously informed. The goal is to believe and live out the Word so you will know the truth firsthand. In turn, “the truth will make you free.”
The Bible advises us to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (James 1:22). Sad but true, many choose to do the latter and not the former. These are they who are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
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