Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 5

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 5 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  We conclude this week’s devotional in a spirit of gratitude. It is very easy to take our salvific knowledge of Christ for granted. With all of the inappropriate and misguided theological teachings regarding Christ, we were able to avoid false teachers and receive knowledge that ushered us to the truth. As we encounter truth, there is a growth that begins to take place in our lives. Question: How can we learn the truth of Jesus Christ and stay the same? The Greek word for knowledge in our devotional passage is, ĕpignōsis, ep-ig´-no-sis. The word means coming to understand something clearly and distinctly or as true and valid; often with a personal acquaintance that necessitates a positive or negative reaction. To come to the knowledge of who...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 4

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 4 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Let us begin today’s devotional meditating with this thought: Are we always learning, however, unable to determine what actually matters? Why is that? This was Paul’s charge against those incessant learners. Much time, energy and effort were spent learning, but they still had not come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. The picture that our writing depicts is one where the women are always seeking something. However, they are listening patiently to nonsense. All of this is done without discernment. Moreover, they have hopes of retrieving something worth finding. Does that sound familiar? Looking and desiring something and the very thing we want once we receive it, it still does not satisfy. Nevertheless, in the devotional passage the...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 3

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 3 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Paul has made it clear in our devotional passage that false teachers and “The very falseness of the teaching itself makes them not able to learn the truth.” What is this truth that Paul is mentioning here? “To come to the knowledge of the truth,” In our passage the word for, “of the truth,” is alēthĕia, al-ay´-thi-a. This truth refers to the gospel of Jesus Christ, or the good news about Jesus Christ, especially as a message that conforms to (and answers) the nature of reality. This truth is dependable and unable to be shaken, nevertheless, how often is what we profess to believe regarding Christ challenged, and even discarded by what we learn from false teachers? Could we say that perhaps we make a lot of...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 2

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 2 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” As we begin today’s devotional, let us remember that our passage is addressing women who are learning from the instruction of false teachers. Not only are they learning from false teachers however, but they are always learning. Much in life is a consistent ebb and flow of  information being disseminated throughout our society. Nevertheless, my question is, to whom have we given permission to teach us or speak into our life? As useful as information is, not all information leads us to the right place. Yes, learning some things may be profitable or even productive in some areas of life, but, there is one particular learning that leads us to a place of knowing the truth. High value is often placed on our ability to learn. In Greek the word for...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”   As we begin another weekly devotional, I want to encourage us to take a moment and reflect on this thought. How does one be ever learning but never knowing? It is a waste of time, energy, and effort to devote oneself to learning things though never accomplishing anything. As we meditate on this text, Paul is addressing women who were allowing themselves to be deceived by false teachers. These women, despite their quest to learn, lacked the ability to know the truth. Is it upsetting to think of someone we know seeking to know the truth, but the truth they pursue perpetually eludes them? Although our devotional passage speaks of the women being deceived, the truth is, all of us can find ourselves in the same state as these silly women. So much...

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Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3:7