Thursday, April 17, 2014

1 Corinthians 8:2-3

1 Corinthians 8:2-3 – The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who Loves God is known by God.

         Paul kind of bursts our bubbles here.  All those things that you think you know, you don’t really know, or at least in the way we should know. Here’s the thing. Paul’s not trying to tell us that we are all stupid. I think the message that he is trying to portray is more about where we find our identity.
         It is easy for us as we learn things and gain knowledge to trust in that knowledge. Whatever it is, we may have just learned it or we may have been studying it for years. Either way, we put our trust in that and call it truth. Don’t take this the wrong way. Knowledge is good. God’s Word says to get knowledge and understanding, but all we learn should come out of our Love for God.
         Loving God is the most important thing. “We Love because He first Loved us (1 John 4:19)” So we have to receive His Love first, but then we need to return that Love. Paul reminds us here that “the man who Loves God is known by God.” Of course God knows you. He knew you and called you before you were born; but this knowledge, when Paul says “is known by God,” he is talking about something different.
         Paul is referring her to a relationship; it is personal. God Loves you and when you return that Love you enter into a personal relationship with the Almighty God. There’s nothing better in the entire world. No amount of knowledge can compare. All of a sudden you go from being a Christian to being Loved by God. It’s all in how you see yourself.

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