Knowledge – BT1
Bible study to know God is just another false religious “tradition of men”
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Many assume “The Truth” we are to know is Bible Info. The Greek text and more accurate translations prove that the King James Version’s “Study to shew thyself an approved workman of God” (a) to be false and misleading, because spoudazo means “to use speed or be prompt; make effort or be earnest, diligent, or zealous,” which has nothing to do with reading, analyzing, or remembering bible verses! Paul also warns of people “always learning but never able to arrive at a knowledge of The Truth” (b). The scribes and Pharisees were expert bible students, but look what Jesus said of them: “You diligently search/study (f) the scriptures (g) because you suppose (h) that in them you will lay hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting, but instead it is they that bear witness of Me, yet you refuse to COME TO ME that you may have zoe genuine-life” (c). In fact, their tables for rolling out their scrolls to compare and study them had become a “snare, trap, and stumbling block” and God had cursed their efforts with a “retribution” – God’s payback for all that bible study was “bent backs forever” (d) – see New Covenant Ways – BT17! That’s why Paul rhetorically asks about who really was in the Church: “Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world” (e)? <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:15, b) 2 Timothy 3:7, c) John 5:39-40, d) Romans 11:7-10 quoting Isaiah 28:13, e) 1 Corinthians 1:20, f) ereunao: diligently search, inquire, seek, examine, or investigate to know, g) the bible of their day, h) dokeo: have the opinion of, seem to think, suppose what seems to be, subjective mental estimate estimate, which directly reflects the personal values of the person making this subjective judgment call. In other words, it may not be the truth at all!
The New Covenant Way to God and worshipping Him is absolutely NOT more “WHATS” to learn, but the “WHO” of Jesus Christ to surrender control of ourselves to in order to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know. After all, it was Jesus who said, “I AM the Way” (a), and His followers were originally called “people of The Way” (b) before first derogatorily (c) being called “Christians” in Antioch (d). <Notes> a) John 14:6, b) Acts 9:2, 19:9, 19:23, 24:14, 22, c) we know from Roman records, d) Acts 11:26.
The term nepios for “little child” that Jesus says we should become like (a) refers to “infants, untaught and un-skilled minors.” Furthermore, the term paidion for “little children” (b) refers to “a childling, and infant or half-grown boy or girl.” These “little children,” who we are to be like, weren’t learning about God by reading, studying, and memorizing bible verses! Being “taught directly by God” is the key! If we “are actually, ongoingly being taught by God, we have absolutely no need that someone should write to us or to teach us, [especially] to unconditionally-love one another” (c)! <Notes> a) Matthew 11:25, 21:16; Luke 10:21, b) Matthew 18:2-5, 19:13-14, Mark 9:36-37, 10:13-16, Luke 9:46-48, 18:15-17, cf. Hebrews 2:14, 11:23, c) 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 1 John 2:20, 27.
As Christian musicians, shouldn’t we then shun religious advice on “WHAT to study diligently of” and even to “WHAT to practice harder on” (a) to be more prepared FOR God to use us, and instead become more like “little children” who surrender ourselves to knowing WHO the Lord is by being relentlessly devoted to conversational-prayer just like the early Christians were (b)? The “ministry of the word” and “apostle’s teaching” they were also devoted to was absolutely NOT the study of bible verses, because the Greek and context clearly refers instead to akouo listening to the logos gospel message of The Truth of Jesus Christ, even as Jesus was prophetically telling the disciples where to go, and preaching or proclaiming it (c) – there was no writing or reading involved! <Notes> a) perfecting our “might and power”, b) Acts 2:42, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 7:5, c) Acts 8:25, 15:7; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5.