We are living today in a highly developed age – scientifically, technologically and mentally. Knowledge is fast on the increase across the world. Men are, as we say rather glibly, smarter than they’ve ever been. But where has human knowledge brought us? In many ways, the world today is in a greater state of chaos and confusion than ever before in history. The last 100 years have seen unprecedented strides in science and technology, but concurrent with these strides has been a downward trend in social disintegration, international hatred, prejudice, wars, and rumors of wars. Contrast all this, for a moment, with what Paul calls the “excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord” (Phil. 3:8 NKJV). Whereas man’s knowledge seems often to endanger the welfare of people, the knowledge of Christ is uplifting – the salvation of the soul, the elevation of the human spirit, the enlargement of the human affections.
It is a fact that knowledge in man’s realm increases our greediness, jealousy and lack of concern for others. But the knowledge of Christ changes us at the very roots of our being, and implants in our soul the stirring love of God. This should bring home to us the tremendous need in the world for “the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16).
In these days of uncertainty, chaos and confusion, let us hold high “the excellence of the knowledge of Christ,” as this is the treasure we have in earthen vessels (2 Cor. 4:7). All other knowledge may be good, but the knowledge of “Christ Jesus, my Lord” is excellent!
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org