Our new JG memory verse for this week is Prov. 12:1. I pray that this month has caused you to “be in the know” a little more in regard to God’s word. We have two texts for our study this morning. One is found in Acts 4:13-20 and the other is Phil. 3:8-10. In Philippians, Paul says that he counted all gain he had made in the Jewish faith loss in order “…to know Him…”
In our Acts text, the Jewish council was shocked at the boldness of attitude, the courage and the speech of the apostles in answering them. It was this that led them to remember that “they had been with Christ.” Paul wanted to know him and the apostles had been with him. I would like to think with you today on the power that lies in the knowledge of Christ.
- There is power in the knowledge of Christ to transform a life (Rom. 12:1-2) from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18), from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13), from death to life (Eph. 2:1) and from sin to righteousness (Rom. 6:17). Is there anyone who would not want the knowledge that can do this?
- There is power in the knowledge of Christ to overcome the temptation that is placed before us (Ps. 119:11), to answer Satan when he attempts to deceive us (Mt. 4:3-11) and to obtain God’s help in time of need (Heb. 4:15-16; Rom. 8:35-39). What power to avoid sin we can have when we know the Lord and His word. That is reason for the Joshua Generation. It is simply a method whereby we can grow in that power.
- There is power in the knowledge of Christ to discern right from wrong (Heb. 5:14), truth from error (Jn 8:32) and faith from opinion (Rom. 10:17). I hope that each of you spend the time looking up any of these references. We never need to forget that the power lies in the Book, not in those who write about or preach the book.
- There is power in the knowledge of Christ to refute and rebuke error (2 Tim. 2:2-4, 3:16-17), to provide protection against the wiles of Satan (Eph. 6:11-17), to wield a sword for God (Eph. 6:17), to turn the world upside down and around (Acts 17:6; Rom. 1:16) and to do accomplish more for the Lord than you, I or anyone has yet dreamed of doing (Eph. 3:20).
Brothers and Sisters, let’s truly determine to “be in the know.”