"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called ye out of darkness, into His marvelous light."I Peter 2:9

ISSUE THIRTEEN

The Knowledge of Our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6

God made it plain why His people are destroyed: not because of the lack of education, but because of the lack of knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.

"Ye therefore beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." II Peter 3:17-18

Peter tells us to beware lest we be led away with the error of the wicked. The wicked have no desire to really get to know who Christ is, because when they get close He convicts them of the sin in their lives. We, as true Christ ones, want God to convict us of our sins so we can get closer and grow in our Lord.

Verse 18 tells us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Hosea 4:6 said, " . . . because thou hast rejected knowledge. . ." God's people reject knowing Him everyday. They reject Him in their homes, in their places of work, in their schools, in almost everything they do. Oh, they may go to church on Sunday, but they have no knowledge of Him the rest of the week; and because they reject Him, he will reject them.

Part of Hosea 4:6 says, " . . . they will be no priest to Me . . ." God won't use those who reject Him to minister --- not to Him or His people --- not even their worship will be accepted.

Christ wants His people to seek Him out so they can know Him. If you've ever lost something that really meant a lot to you, you search diligently until you find it. Search out Christ the same way. Don't stop until you know Him fully! Don't reject the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus is setting His people free. He came and died on the cross to pay for the sins of all mankind --- ours as well as all men.

"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." II Peter 2:19-21

When we have once been set free, then we are free if we continue to go on and know the Lord more and more, but if we become entangled again with the sin and things we left behind, then our latter end will be worse then if we had never known the Lord at all. It would have been better not to have known at all. And just like a dog that throws up, then licks up its own vomit, those who reject the Lord go back to the filth of the world. Even though this sounds disgusting, that's what the Bible says because that is how disgusting it is to the Lord for His people to reject Him and go back to the world. How far have you come? Don't stop, but go all the way. Learn more about your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Some thoughts on a few Scriptures
by Lydia Spearman

"God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet." Nahum 1:2-3

God is very powerful. We will always want to be on His side, not just because we are afraid, but because we have a one-on-one relationship with God. When we have a one-on-one relationship with God, He helps us fight for what is His.

"The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:" Joel 2:4-7

God will make us strong and mighty so that no one can stand against us. We will be strong against satan. The spiritual battle is usually what we will have to fight. This is why we need to be in God's Word daily so we can have a spiritual come-back. God will help us fight, but when He helps us, we have to be careful not to give credit to ourselves. We will be fast runners in God's Word. We will climb mountains in faith. We will walk in one in the church of God.

"Therefore My people shall know My name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak: behold, it is I." Isaiah 52:6

We must know God when He call's, because in that day if we do not seek God we shall not find Him.


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