Sunday, June 25, 2023

Commentary - Increased Knowledge

by Guy C LaMar

God’s living word – the Holy Bible – tells us that towards the end of this age, there will be an increase in knowledge.

“’But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book [the Book of Daniel] until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, AND KNOWLEDGE SHALL INCREASE.’” – Daniel 12:4.

Now, it’s been said that knowledge is power. And, this is true in certain circumstances. But, it also depends on what sort of knowledge. Knowledge can be very evil and wicked. And, there can be knowledge of good. Hence, the knowledge of good and evil.

“Now the Spirit [the very mind of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ] expressly says that IN THE LATTER TIMES some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2) speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” – 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

“Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but loves edifies. 2) And if anyone thinks he knows anything, HE KNOWS NOTHING yet as he ought to know. 3) But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.” – 1 Corinthians 8:1-3.

“but of the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die [meaning, the process of death].” – Genesis 2:17.

“The fear [reverent fear] of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7.

The LORD God says in the Book of Hosea, “’ My people are DESTROYED FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest [minister, teacher] for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God [speaking here of the very relevant TEN COMMANDMENTS!], I also will forget your children.’” – Hosea 4:6.

Brethren, God’s living eternal word tells us that we should keep the simplicity of Christ. In other words, K.I.S.S. KEEP IT SIMPLE SERVANT! Don’t complicate matters where it pertains to God’s living Word, Truth, and Plan.

“Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly─and indeed you do bear with me. 2) For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3) BUT I FEAR, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST.” – 2 Corinthians 11:1-3.

The Apostle Peter admonishes us, brethren – “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, BEWARE lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18) but GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” – 2 Peter 3:7-18.

As we are drawing towards the end of this present evil age, we are witnessing more and more people growing in their cockiness in their form of knowledge.

It’s like – when some of us first came into the glorious knowledge of God’s living Word, Truth, and Plan, there were some that became naïve and cocky about this glorious knowledge that we have been blessed to receive. And, there were some that were trying to cram God’s religion down others’ throats.

Well, this is how this world is in its form of knowledge.

When the LORD God’s begotten children display the fruits of God’s Spirit – and only one with the Holy Spirit dwelling within him will display the fruits of the Spirit properly – they are representing our Lord Jesus Christ in the Way of God!

One must be humble, gentle, kind, caring, merciful, compassionate, concerned, friendly, loving, joyful, peaceful, long-suffering, good-hearted, and faithful in Christ. As well as a calming personality of self-control.

The LORD God’s people are not cocky in any way. They present humility. They are gracious and kind to all people – cf. Romans 12:18.

The LORD God’s people shine the light of Christ before them so that others may see their good works and glorify the LORD God in heaven. They do not try and win an argument by pridefully, and with cockiness, displaying the blessed knowledge God has blessed them with.

Throughout societies, in general, notice how each generation was, and how they are now.

Now, in past generations, moral goodness may have come off as lacking in knowledge to this generation. But, the “Now Generation” is consumed with COCKINESS! Whereas past generations had a character of more humility.

This “Now Generation” is consumed by a PRIDEFUL LUST! Which is of Satan the devil! The very first sin came from the PRIDE OF SATAN – cf. Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-17.

One major difference between past knowledge and this “Now” knowledge is that of a lack of humility. The knowledge of this “Now” movement is presented with a bold cocky PRIDEFUL LUST!

We can see a good example of this form of rebellious cockiness in how King David was and how his son Absalom was – their character.

King David was a humble servant of the LORD God – a man after God’s own heart. Whereas Absalom was cocky and believed that he was superior to his father. This type of attitude is AGAINST THE MANNER OF GOD’S DESIGN.

Sadly, this “Now Generation’s” increasing knowledge of this present evil age is by no means all good. Much of it is for the benefit of Satan the devil and his evil minions. Being knowledgeable in God’s living word should be a very humbling experience.

It’s vitally important – again, the Apostle Peter, “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore BE SERIOUS AND WATCHFUL in your prayers. 8) And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’ 9) Be hospitable to one another WITHOUT GRUMBLING. 10) As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

The LORD God’s servants should be observant of their surroundings and those who are displaying the fruits of the Spirit and those who are not!

As our Lord Jesus says, “’ BEWARE of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, …’” – in other words, they look and sound righteous and religious. “ … ‘ but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16) You will know them by their fruits [by their character]. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17) Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18) A good tree CAN NOT bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.’

Verse 19 – “’ Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20) THEREFORE by their fruits you will know them.’” – Matthew 7:15-20. □

Additional Commentaries by Minister Guy C. LaMar:

Commentary: Happy New Year? - Here are various sources on this so-called New Year.
Commentary: Long Life - Now obviously mankind cannot live 1,000 years in the flesh.

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