2016-11-30 - Fully Knowing the Truth
“For if we go on willfully and deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice [to atone] for our sins [that is, no further offering to anticipate], 27 but a kind of awful and terrifying expectation of [divine] judgment and the fury of a fire and burning wrath which will consume the adversaries [those who put themselves in opposition to God].” (Hebrews 10:26-27 Amplified Bible)
The word derivative for “receive” in the above verse comes from the Greek word Lambano meaning “to take, to act, or get hold of” according to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Knowing that information leads me to conclude that when a person fully receives the truth of God, it’s more than just someone sharing with them what they have learned about God. It goes a step further, to wisdom from God which allows the receiver to fully comprehend what they have learned; it is that light bulb moment, if you will. At such a crossroads, a choice to accept or reject it can take place. And it makes sense, because if we don’t truly know something as it is intended, we cannot take an action to accept or reject it.
Some choices are not ones that affect our spiritual growth, but are a factor in us understanding the concept. Over a period of years, my stepfather learned that he had an allergy to tree nuts. It didn’t happen all at once, but at some point his body decided that type of food was going to make him very sick. I have had a similar experience with raw onions, and I have known others to experience problems with gluten, milk products, meats and more. Before knowing something can make you sick (or in some cases deathly ill), there is no reason to avoid it. However, after learning it causes breathing, digestion, skin and other physical problems, there is no reason to do anything but avoid whatever the food trigger might be. And once you know, even if it’s something you really like, it just isn’t worth the consequences of partaking of it anymore.
It’s also a fact that full knowledge of God and His plan with full truth of salvation alive in our hearts either leads us to incorporate it into our lives or not, and our actions make our choice clear. And if we believe it, we truly have a different view of living, and anyone who meets us will sense it, even if not knowing the specifics. And how we lived, before full knowledge of life with truth, just isn’t worth it to us any more, and we have a different purpose. When we willfully disobey with the knowledge of truth, I believe we will have regret for having let God down and want to repent of it. His judgments are always fair, and he knows our hearts, in any case. God can be trusted to take care of ending the confusion of anyone without true knowledge of Him, and punishing those who mislead others (proclaimed believers or not).
“There used to be false prophets among God’s people, just as you will have some false teachers in your group. They will secretly teach things that are wrong–teachings that will cause people to be lost. They will even refuse to accept the Master, Jesus, who bought their freedom. So they will bring quick ruin on themselves. Many will follow their evil ways and say evil things about the way of truth. Those false teachers only want your money, so they will use you by telling you lies. Their judgment spoken against them long ago is still coming, and their ruin is certain.” (2 Peter 2: 1-3 New Century Version)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted