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The path

The path of knowledge.

Do you know this path? Have you walked this path of knowledge - of knowing.

The path of knowledge is not a bad path.

But is it the straight and narrow path the Lord has set before us?

Jesus said,

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. - John 14:6

When Jesus says “follow me” and “I am the truth” does it militate for a ‘knowledge above all’ mentality?

What if you walk the path of knowledge all your days—does it bring you to the pearly gates?

Perhaps

It probably will get you to the gate—but according to Jesus, many will make it to the gate, and never get in.

You can be on the right path—going the right way—believing all the right stuff—with an impeccable doctrinal pedigree—and never cross the threshold of the kingdom of God.

When I was a young child I was taught that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion. These words accompanied every evangelism method I ever learned in some form or another.

And yet, most of my life I sought after knowledge, rather than intimacy. My need to be right—correct—trumped my commitment to relationship over and over again. More than once, I walked out of relationship—out of community—because I valued doctrine above relationship.

We protestants are really good at this.

We leave fellowship, even split congregations over doctrinal disagreement.

Here are just a few of the disagreements that split churches:

End-times Theology

Creation Theology

Spiritual Gifts and their relevance today

Mode of baptism

Worship style

You get the idea. We put our opinions—thoughts—ideas—above our love.

We crucify relationship to protect the truth.

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. - 1 Corinthians 13:2 NASB

One thing that makes this so hard it that Jesus self identifies as the Truth. He is the Word. He is the embodiment of everything that can be known.

And yet God, in His infinite wisdom, puts Truth in flesh so we can see Him, hear Him, touch Him, grasp Him. Then God, in His infinite love, crucifies the Truth, nails Him to the cross. And why?

Our Father crucified the Truth to restore relationship.

Paul puts it this way:

…having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. - Colossians 2:14 NKJV

He took His own Word - the Law and nailed it to the cross.

And why?

To take the law out of the way.

The law—and this path of knowledge—the way of being right—is a road block to our relationship with God. It had to be taken out of the way so that love could flourish.

Is knowing important? Yes—but not as important as loving.

Ben NelsonHave a wonderful day!

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By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:11 NASB

Where does the knowledge, the “how to” come from that would enable Jesus to undo the world wide slave mastery of sin? How did He obtain such wonderful knowledge?

God’s righteous servant found the way to the greatest wealth of knowledge – the source of knowledge.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 NASB

What does the fear of the Lord really look like? Jesus walked out the fear of the Lord the way it is intended for us. The place you see it most clearly is in Gethsemane.

He did not cower before the Father. He did not salute Him with some sort of religious reverence.

He stood before the Father complete exposed – all His emotion – all His fears – all His desires – and offered them to the Father in the words “not My will, but Thine be done.”

This is the fear of the Lord, and this is the beginning of knowledge.

When you lay your – well yourself – on the altar – you will know – and be known.

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