All knowledge should fall short of, build up, and have it’s purpose, content, and ultimate culmination in the submission to the gospel of Jesus.
A typical life lived unchanged by the gospel will claim all kinds of knowledge that only serves for self edification. Note that the pursuit of knowledge is not to be blamed, but strictly speaking, it is the constant dismissal of Christ as Lord that leads us to claim wisdom in light of a Christless ignorance, obviously… In this we set ourselves to be our own God and therefore our self-claimed “wisdom” simply becomes another smoothly crafted idol that we adore and worship. Misled, we strive in a sinful image of God, searching for the very light of God that gave us our reasoning (Jesus) apart from that very light. It doesn’t make sense.
“He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?” Isaiah 44:20
Thank God for His common grace that has allowed brilliant men and women throughout time to find truth while not seeing it operating for Gods glory, for the benefit for the greater whole of the human race. God is good.
Now this knowledge is useful. It is common for man to think, understand, and work his way through a problem and then gain knowledge through the experience. So be it. But, as I said this knowledge is not the problem. Whether we gain knowledge in our occupation that helps make money to feed our family with, or deceitful knowledge that we use to harm others with. Either way, if we do not set what ever knowledge we have to the Lordship of Jesus it will turn out to ultimately dishonor God. What good is the man who has a knack for fixing cars if he works for Satan with his mind? No good… An idol in the mind is an idol in the hands. And every idea of God not originating from the soundness of His word is a self-made idol.
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” 2 Cor 10:5
The most well meaning people delude the glory of the knowledge of the true and living God with personal ideas and self-made wisdom. We cannot substitute true knowledge of God derived from His word for some well meaning philosophy about God.
Let this be a reminder to glorify Christ in everything we do, and indeed strive to take every thought captive to the authority and Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is more fulfilling to pursue Christ rather than ourselves, so why would we pursue our own “wisdom” apart from the Word of God?
“But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:21
“and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:26
Yours in Christ,