“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…”Hosea 4:14.
“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure…”Isa. 5:13,14a.
Jesus is about to enter Jerusalem for the last time of His earthly journey, “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes…thine enemies shall lay thee even with the ground…they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Luke 19:41-44.
You have heard it said, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” The above scriptures reveal the truth.
What you don’t know can hurt you.
- It can leave you without excuse before a righteous God. “For the wrath of God is revealed…against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse; “ Rom. 1:18-20.
- It can make you a captive of the enemy. “The enemy…is the devil…Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are… whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness…I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (Matt. 13:39; Rom. 6:16; 7:23).
- It can rob you of peace with God. “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace…There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God…Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known; There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Isa. 59:8; Rom. 3:11, 16-18).
- It can cause you to miss the day of the Lord’s visitation. “…at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him…the bridegroom came and those that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered…I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matt. 25:6-13.
What you do know can set you free from all you don’t know. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believe on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31,31;
- Knowing the truth frees you from shame before God. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed…Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”(Rom. 10:9,11; Matt. 10:32).
- Knowing the truth frees you from the power of the enemy. “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life… Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (Rom 6:22; 1John 4:4).
- Knowing the truth frees you from separation with God and gives you peace. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God….But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Rom. 5:1,2; Eph. 2:13).
- Knowing truth prepares you for the last days, the day of the Lord’s visitation. “Knowing this…there shall come in the last days scoffers…willingly …ignorant…But the heavens and the earth…are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise…but is longsuffering…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance…the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…Watch therefore…” (2Peter 3:3-10; Matt. 25:13).
The truth is before you. You do not have to believe it, but your disbelief will not change it.
What does it mean to you to know the truth of God’s word? To know Jesus is the truth? If you do not believe God’s truth, where do you find it?