We live in the Information Age. A plethora of knowledge is at our fingertips, involving only the click of a button or the stroke of a key.
But, do you ever get tired of “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”? (2 Timothy 3:7) We can’t seem to properly apply or grasp knowledge until we actually use the information.
We have to test our information. We have to put our knowledge into practice.
This is especially true about the Bible.
We hear many messages from the Bible on the radio and social media, we read many books and devotionals on topics and subjects from the Bible. But unless we study these things for ourselves, we can have a form of godliness with no power. We may even find ourselves resisting the truth, or turning to different “truths”, due to all this “knowledge” we are gaining.
2 Timothy 3:14-16 tells us that we need to continue in the things that:
1. We have learned and been assured of. We know the truth. We’ve been taught the truth. So why are believers so quick to leave the truth? Maybe they weren’t actually taught the truth. Maybe the truths weren’t lived out before them. Maybe they just never put forth the effort to search the Scriptures to see if these things are so!
2. That we’ve learned from a child. Luke 1:4 says we can “know the certainty of those things in which we’ve been instructed”. “That from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures.” (2 Timothy 3:15)
Today we put more emphasis on books written by people about the Bible than we do on the Word of God itself! “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) These words of God make us wise unto salvation. We need to know it. We need to spend more time in the Bible than in books about the book.
Also implied in these verse is obedience. We should be practicing the truths we know. Timothy was being challenged to know the truth that he had learned and was taught, and to stand up for it.
3. Knowing from whom you have learned them. Hmm… interesting statement by Paul. We do well to appreciate those who have actually taught us the Word of God, no matter their faults.
Study it out yourself
Why do I know what I know and believe what I believe concerning New Testament church truths? I quit blaming the older folks, the establishment, and the New Testament church doctrines, and searched it out myself.
Oh yes, I read many books and pamphlets. And then, around age 22, I set aside all those books and did my own study. One by one I looked at each question I had or had been asked and studied the Bible until I figured out what I knew about New Testament gatherings of God’s people called the local church.
Now when you ask me a question I won’t answer it from a booklet or book which is someone else’s knowledge, I can answer you from my own knowledge. What peace and joy I’ve had since I did that.
Know what you believe
Often young men and women leave the assemblies because they have never truly studied out, nor claimed, the truths of the assemblies for themselves.
I want to challenge young men and women, in and from the assemblies, chapels, or brethren movement, to rethink some things. Do you really know what is a New Testament church? Or like many, do you just know of the teachings? There’s a huge difference.
A person often demonstrates what they believe about the church when they move to a new home. Do they seek out an assembly to meet with? If they go to a dying assembly, do they get involved in building it back up or just fighting with those that are there? If there is no assembly presence, do they fellowship at a local Bible believing church? Do they seek to start an assembly in their area?
Tough questions, are they not?
If I really believe something, I will do what it takes to make it happen. I’ve watched many young people who just go with the flow no matter where they move. They don’t seek out an assembly. Why should they, if they have never studied these truths for themselves?
I challenge you to search the Scriptures, not other books, to see if these things are so!