QUALIFIED TO INSTRUCT OTHERS - PART 2
TUESDAY 26 JULY 2022
The permanent office of God's own people is to be His witnesses and their equipment for this office and its functions is to be filled with the knowledge of the truth, inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit hugely working in their lives. Rewardingly, our desire for accurate knowledge of sound truth and of God grants us the advantageous effectiveness in instructing others in the sphere of our duty or in our ever-widening circles.
Reference: Romans 15:14 New International Version (NIV) "I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another."
Having laid emphasis on being full of God's goodness in part one of this topic, another means of spiritual empowerment that positions us to instruct one another is being "filled with knowledge." Knowledge here is gnósis: a knowing or knowledge gained by direct association with the Lord at any level. It is every specific knowledge with eternal purpose. Paul discussed about this knowledge in Ephesians 1:18. It says, "By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones)." We can have the accurate knowledge of God in these two mentioned aspects, because they cover a broad range of divine awareness.
The two Greek verbs that can enable us to gain useful and adequate insights into this "knowing" God are Oida and Ginosko. Oida is the knowledge of the revealed Biblical truths, while Ginosko is the knowledge of building an intimate personal relationship with the Lord which grants us His perspective such that we can manifest the odour of His knowledge anywhere or at any place. To instantiate both, firstly Oida is observed in 2 Timothy 2:15 which says, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (NIV). Also it is identified in 2 Timothy 3:15 which reads, "You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus" (NLT).
Secondly, Ginosko, which has to do with intimacy with the Lord can be observed in 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV) and it reads, "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. Here, the Scripture reveals that the Good news message is more than just obtaining and assimilating Biblical truths. It's a knowledge beyond just "information" because it's a glorious life we live through the experience of walking closely with God. In other words, through the intelligence of intimacy, we gain the Lord's perspective which can empower us to instruct one another.
Beloved, Colossians 3:16 (NLT) says, "Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts." So by being filled with the knowledge of the Word and of intimacy with the Lord, we bear His worthy testimony before others and instruct them, according to the truth. Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Proverbs 18:15; Hosea 6:6; Ecclesiastes 7:12; Colossians 1:9; Colossians 2:3.
Exuberant Declaration: I'm daily filled with the knowledge of God in all wisdom and understanding as part of the work of His amazing grace. On account of the perfections of divine nature within me, my desire for divine knowledge springs from my heart for the Lord as well as the love of God, which is fully lavished upon me, and I use it for instructing others, for the sake of glorifying God. Hallelujah!