Jason and I shared a conversation this morning. He told me he was talking with a person about church, church history and theology. As the conversation went on, he received this retort, “my dad knows all about that, he studied that.” Admirable. Just what does that mean that we know? Does it mean we read a book on it? Does it mean from our study of that one book we could say we have an informed opinion? Does it mean I can dismiss what you tell me because someone else is more studied than you? Is it an out so as not to consider a need to reevaluate your understanding/position? What does it mean we know?
Nathan shared a similar conversation in which he relayed some newly discovered historically documented information. The reply came back, “I don’t know abou that.” What does that mean? Does it mean we possess the knowledge to refute historical documentation? Does it mean I don’t want to consider that for it may alter my perception? What does it mean?
I come back to Peter’s words in 2 Peter 3:18 – “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” We must always be “knowing” and growing in what we are “knowing.” I should know more today than yesterday. I should be growing in grace the more I know of Jesus. Resting on what I have known does not paint a picture of progression or growing that we find in 2 Peter 1.
What do we know …