Whole Knowledge of Christ
December 5, 2022
Jesus said that the path and the door that his Father provided to be with him is narrow and only a few find it.
This narrow path and door that leads to eternal life is Jesus and we do this by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, making him equal to God and he took upon our flesh and willingly died for our sins to save us through his Father’s grace and resurrected defeating death which justified us. By our faith in these truths, we confess Jesus as our Lord by obeying his teachings and commandment out of love for him. When we do this we keep ourselves on that narrow path that leads through that narrow door to his Father.
Paul teaches in Ephesian 4 that every church must be united in this knowledge of Christ which is the foundation of the church.
In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul teaches that we need to be careful in the way we use this knowledge of Christ.
1 Corinthians 8: 1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
Having the knowledge of Christ can make you prideful, puffed up in the freedom we have in Christ. This knowledge is not to benefit just yourself but to serve Jesus as your Lord by loving others as Christ has loved you.
There were some in church who exercised this freedom to eat food sacrificed to idols but did not stop to think of how this may affect the conscience of those who were still weak in their knowledge of Christ.
1 Corinthians 8: 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Those mature in their knowledge of Christ believe that there is but one God through whom all things come and through whom they live. This truth gave them the freedom to eat all food no matter where they came from. But to exercise this freedom before weaker believers who still believed that the food was offered to idols would embolden them to believe it was okay for them to eat food offered to Idols causing them to sin.
Paul said a mature believer sins against Christ when they cause a believer with a weak conscious to believe it is okay to participate in the worship of idols by eating it’s offering.
Paul teaches that the worship of idols is worshipping demons.
1 Corinthians 10: 19 Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
Jesus teaches who we must only worship God.
Matthew 4: 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me Satan!” For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’
In the OT and in the NT it tells of the foreign gods the pagans worshipped which misled the Israelites and Christians to embrace their beliefs.
In Hawaii we are the melting pot of many religions of foreign gods and religions that worship a false Jesus not of Scripture.
In my early days as a believer, I believed from the Bible how strong God’s jealousy was for his children to be completely devoted to him and to never worship a foreign God.
Exodus 34:14, “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Because of this truth, when I attended a Buddhist funeral, I would not go up to offer burning incense before the shrine even when I was coxed by my relatives to go up. My love for my God made me steadfast not to.
I was surprised once when a couple I knew from my former church told me I should go up to show respect for my family. I do not blame them for not understanding God’s jealousy because they were never taught by church leaders who did not want to teach God’s truth that might offend their feelings.
We fail Jesus when we do not teach the whole knowledge of God’s truth because people will not know how to walk the narrow path and enter the narrow door to our Father in heaven and not be the few who find it.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.