Knowing as we ought to know

“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:7

“Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” 1 Corinthians 8:1-2

These texts make it clear that knowledge does not necessarily lead to truth. And that applies to knowledge of His Word as well. We can ‘know’ a lot about it, but have we come to ‘know it as we ought to know’?

What is the purpose of His Word? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 gives a clear indication.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

So His Word must correct us, instruct us in righteousness. It has to change us from the inside out.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

His Word must change our mind.

We can study His Word, but if it is only intellectual knowledge, then we do not let His Word correct us and instruct us in righteousness. Then it remains with knowledge of the intellect, instead of knowledge of the heart. ‘All scripture’ must correct us and instruct us in righteousness. ‘All scripture’ is meant for spiritual growth of our mind and heart. And that means all those texts about histories, the construction of the temple, or the ark, or sacrificial instructions, etc. as well. We also need to understand how these texts can change our mind and heart.

An example I regularly use: when we read about Yeshua cleansing the temple (Matthew 21) as just an event in history, from which we can learn a lesson, but which is not addressed to us personally because we were not a merchant in the temple at that point in history, the text is much further away from us than if we realize that at the same time this text says that Yeshua says our ‘house’ (our mind) is a den of thieves. And it is a den of thieves because of the thoughts of lies and delusion of man in our mind and heart.

His Word repeatedly wants to show us how our mind is not yet equal to His mind, how our heart is not yet beating in the rhythm of His heart:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

Here it becomes clear that our ways are not His ways, because our thoughts are not His thoughts. So we have to change our mind. His Word is meant for spiritual growth, it has to change our lives. And if we begin to see this in His Word, if we begin to understand more and more that His Word repeats the need of changing of our mind and heart, page by page, when you can see beyond the literal, than that’s going to change us. It makes us even more aware of what is in our mind and heart and does not correspond to His. And then we realize more and more the need of renewing our mind. It makes us see the lies that hinder us in ways that we may not even be aware of. And exposing and removing of these lies frees us, it heals us. It helps us to grow spiritually. It helps us to live by His will, and living by His rules, His Torah, is a result.

“And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.” Numbers 16:28