The Gift of Knowledge

Remember, receiving the Word of God and delivering it is prophecy. Therefore, reading or speaking the bible is prophesying.

The gift of knowledge is given to those who speak on what has been prophesied or read from scripture.

These two gifts are most exercised through our pastors. It is a beautiful dance between scripture reading and then powerful explanations on what has been read. Unless the teachings are proven false, it is a wonderful outpouring of the Spirit.

This is why Christians have such a rich history of theologians who continually draw fresh revelations from the wellspring of scripture. The bible is alive and moving and far from fully understood. The Spirit of truth reveals it to us as He wills through His gift of knowledge.

This is also why so many books have been written about God’s Word over the years. They do not add to His Word. They are never above His Word. But, under it, they help explain the mysteries of His nature.

The bible is His nature revealed to us. The gift of knowledge is the many minds who have toiled for years and through that toiling of colleges and universities or life itself, knowledge has been gifted to them by the Spirit. They write this down in a book so that others can read and test it to be true or false. 

Sometimes, over time parts of a theologian’s work is proven to be wrong. Was the Spirit wrong in His revelation? By all means no! God has chosen for His knowledge must pass through our flesh so that it might enter this world on paper or voice. We are the ones who are wrong. And over time, the Spirit corrects this with other theologians. 

This is why Paul warns that all of the spiritual gifts must be exercised through love (1 Corinthians 13).

God tolerates our ignorance in this fallen world. He wants us to work hard and sometimes be wrong, and then humbled and corrected. This ultimately gives glory to Him. For He is the great keeper of knowledge. Someday, when we meet him in the resurrection, we will fully understand!

1 Corinthians 13
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

The highest form of knowledge is the gospel of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1
4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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