Monday, February 20, 2012

Having the Mind of Christ - Having Faith Based on Knowledge

Fellow commenter on SBC Voices, Christiane asked a rhetorical question on Jared Moore's response to John Franke's book. Silly me likes answering rhetorical questions.

Jim Pemberton February 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm
“If I ‘rationally’ understood the great mysteries, then it wouldn’t be called ‘faith’, would it?”

I can agree that you likely don’t understand, or don’t yet know, what Biblical faith actually is. The definition of faith that you imply here is placed in contrast to knowledge.

However, let me encourage you in your faith to pursue the knowledge that you have available to you by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Biblical faith goes hand-in-hand with knowledge (Eph. 4:11-16; Phi 6; 2 Pet 1:3-11) and we who have faith also have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). There is no question that we have faith by virtue of some knowledge given to us by God and that this faith is strengthened by pursuing greater knowledge. Therefore, we don’t pursue knowledge for its own sake, but we have knowledge for the sake of our position of salvation in Christ and the mission of His Body.

And I offer this encouragement also to all of you - seek to know God and understand Him. He hasn't simply given us information to absorb on our own, but He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us understand Him. Pursue this understanding.

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