John 4:1 (KJV)
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
What a contrast between the Lord and the Pharisees.
The best the Pharisees could do was to hear.
Especially in their system of religion they had become accustomed to merely repeating what someone else had said. There was very little personal experience with God or with truth. They, like academia of today, studied theories rather than certainties.
The more learned a person becomes in today’s world, the less they really know. “Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Jesus, on the other hand, knew.
Jesus knew what they had heard. Jesus knew it not because He had investigated and studied it but because, being God, He knew all things. Jesus didn’t question or wonder or have a piece of the knowledge puzzle. Jesus knew. Jesus acted on knowledge, not theory or speculation. Because it was so, His actions were and are always appropriate.
Christians possess knowledge
Certainly we do not know all things but we can know spiritual truth for several very important reasons:
- Because God has given us the truth in the Word of God
- Because the Holy Spirit lives in us to illuminate that Word
There are some supernatural/faith elements to this knowledge
I do not guess whether I am saved because the Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am saved. I cannot prove my salvation but I am sure of my salvation. I cannot know certainly about anyone else’s salvation because I am only able to look on the outward and hear what they say. I do, however, know I am saved because the Spirit of God tells me I am saved.
I am certain the Bible is the Word of God. I am as certain it is from God and perfect as I am that I am saved. The Bible tells me it is God’s Word, history demonstrates that it is and the Holy Spirit confirms it to be so in my soul.
These are the things that drive the intelligencia away from faith. They cannot conceive of certainty. The only thing they are sure of is that, according to their worldview, they can’t be sure of anything.
The difference between the world and the believer is not so much one of faith as it is of knowledge. We know we have eternal life because we believe on the name of the Son of God. They don’t know anything.
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