Daniel 12:4 (NKJV)
4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
The bible says that in the last days there will be a great increase in knowledge.
That same knowledge that gives us the amazing technology we enjoy…
That same knowledge that gives us the wondrous advances in medicine…
That same knowledge that sends humans into space…
Is the same knowledge that is now trying to say there is no God…
Is the same knowledge that says the bible isn’t God’s word…
Is the same knowledge that says Yeshua, Jesus Christ, is not the Son of God…
Is the same knowledge that’s using the bible against itself, saying, “That’s not what it really means when it says…”
God wants intelligent Christians to “contend for the faith” as mentioned in Jude verse 3.
God wants knowledgeable Christians to reason with unbelievers and skeptics to plant good seeds.
God wants smart Christians to reason with people of other religions, so they can come to know the one true and living God.
God wants intelligent Christians to reason with other believers to bring about more unity in the Body of Christ.
We need to be able to talk to people, not just preach to them.
We need to be willing to hear what they have to say.
We need to know some of what they believe to have an intelligent conversation with them.
We need to know God’s word…history…culture…so we can intelligently share what we believe, and why we believe it.
Notice how the Apostle Paul reasoned with the Epicureans and Stoics, Jews and Gentiles with respect. (Acts 17:16-34)
Notice how the Apostle Paul reasoned with unbelievers without putting them down or disparaging what they believed. (Act 17:22-23)
Notice how not everyone, but some returned to hear more of the Gospel. (Acts 17:32)
Yes, God wants us to be anointed.
Yes, God wants us to have faith.
Yes, God wants us to be virtuous…
But He wants us to be knowledgeable too…
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NKJV)
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
When the bible says “Study to show yourself approved…”(2 Timothy 2:15) that means study the bible and beyond so we can be INTELLIGENT BELIEVERS.