Seeking After the Knowledge of God

Written by Michael Bradley

As you will see inrepparttar Scripture verses I will list in this article, Godrepparttar 142596 Father places an extremely high value onrepparttar 142597 pursuit of knowledge - especially spiritual knowledge. He says that gaining knowledge is greater than allrepparttar 142598 silver, gold and material things of this world.

The Bible tells us we have to grow inrepparttar 142599 knowledge of God. Once you get saved - that is justrepparttar 142600 beginning. From there, God expects you to grow inrepparttar 142601 knowledge of Him, His Son Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit and all of Their ways. As I mentioned inrepparttar 142602 article I did titled "The Power ofrepparttar 142603 Word of God" -repparttar 142604 number one way that you grow in spiritual knowledge on this earth is by reading and studyingrepparttar 142605 Bible for yourself. There is no other way.

God has arranged to have all ofrepparttar 142606 spiritual knowledge that we will ever need about Him, His Son and His Spirit to all be contained in this one Book. You also grow inrepparttar 142607 knowledge of God through your own personal adventures that you have with Him in your own daily walk, along with learning from other Christians - especially those who are anointed and gifted to teach from His Word.

Once again, God uses some very intense language in these verses. You can really tell that He is trying to let all of us knowrepparttar 142608 extreme importance of growing in this knowledge. The reason for this is that God's ultimate aim for us is our sanctification and transformation. He wants us to become more holy like Himself.

However, before God will allow this sanctification process to really kick into full gear throughrepparttar 142609 Holy Spirit - He wants you to fully understand exactly what He is doing and why He is doing it. In other words - you have to haverepparttar 142610 knowledge as to what God is doing and exactly why He is doing it.

Even small children will pick up on this principle very quickly. Tell a child that he is not to do something - and what isrepparttar 142611 first thing he will do? He will ask you why he can't do that particular thing. And then ifrepparttar 142612 child is old enough to understand what that reason is - you then proceed to tell him why it is not in his best interest to do that particular thing. In other words - you are giving your childrepparttar 142613 knowledge that he needs to have so he knows why he should or should not do something specific.

It'srepparttar 142614 exact same way with Godrepparttar 142615 Father. God loves to transmit knowledge to His children acrossrepparttar 142616 board on anything that they may need His knowledge on in this life - but what prevents many of His children from receiving this knowledge directly from Him is that they have never been taught how to hear from Him when He does start to try and communicate with them or they do not press in and enter into a seeking mode with Him to get Him to release this knowledge to them.

If there is one major secret I have learned fromrepparttar 142617 Lord on getting Him to release more of His knowledge to you - is that you have to go into a seeking mode with Him. God will not spoon-feed you forever. The Bible says to ask - and then you will receive. Seek - and then you will find. Knock - and thenrepparttar 142618 door will open be open to you. Notice in all three of those conditions that you have to berepparttar 142619 one to initiate it. You have to berepparttar 142620 one to ask, to seek and to knock. If you do - then God will answer you, open doors for you and let you findrepparttar 142621 answers to your questions and problems.

King David tells us that we have to meditate onrepparttar 142622 word of God. To meditate does not mean to blank your mind out waiting for God to talk to you. Meditate means to think about, to chew on, to try and figure out what specific Scripture verses mean and how they specifically apply to your life.

What I have personally found out is thatrepparttar 142623 Holy Spirit will literally guide your thoughts intorepparttar 142624 revelation that you are seeking after as you are trying to figure out whatrepparttar 142625 answers are. In other words - you will findrepparttar 142626 knowledge you are needing as you are seeking after it. The Holy Spirit can either guide your thoughts into whatrepparttar 142627 correct answers are by you just using some of your brain power to try and figure things out or He will guide you as to where those answers are located at.

You can literally learn how to "pull" knowledge directly from God by going into these seeking modes with Him! As you will see in some ofrepparttar 142628 Scripture verses I will list below - it isrepparttar 142629 job ofrepparttar 142630 Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us things in this life. In other words -repparttar 142631 Holy Spirit is our personal guide and personal teacher in this life. The Holy Spirit can and will communicate to you if you are open to receiving this kind of supernatural communication from Him.

I will be doing a much more in-depth article inrepparttar 142632 near future onrepparttar 142633 wide variety of ways thatrepparttar 142634 Holy Spirit will communicate to you - especially inrepparttar 142635 area of receiving knowledge from Him. But for this article - I just want to give yourepparttar 142636 main foundational verses fromrepparttar 142637 Bible to let you know that God does want to transmit His knowledge to you acrossrepparttar 142638 board on anything that you will need His knowledge on in this life. Not only can God give you allrepparttar 142639 spiritual knowledge that you will seek after - but He can also give you His knowledge acrossrepparttar 142640 board on anything else that you may need His knowledge on in this life.

God can give you His knowledge on how to become better parents for your children, better spouses for your mates, better at whatever specific job or jobs He will be calling you to do. If God is calling you to be a policeman, an attorney, a doctor, a nurse, a stay at home mom, an architect, a laborer, a sports star - He can give you His knowledge in each of those specific areas so as to make you better at each of those jobs. There is absolutely nothing that God cannot give you His knowledge on if you are open to receiving it and are not afraid to start seeking and pressing in after it!

Baptism for the little ones...

Written by Terry Dashner

Baptism for little ones, too…

Terry Dashner……………...Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Why would I, a former Southern Baptist minister, advocate infant baptism? As I grow older inrepparttar Lord, some topics that I once labeled—“errant-church doctrines”—now have come under closer scrutiny. One doctrine I have reviewed and renewed my thoughts to is infant baptism. Why?

I do this for several reasons. For one,repparttar 142562 Holy Spirit has been directing me this way. The Holy Spirit has impressed upon me that there is more to baptism thanrepparttar 142563 argument of immersion verses sprinkling. He has shown me that there is more torepparttar 142564 scope of baptism than simply baptizing a new (adult) convert in water.

What I’m about to share with you does not includerepparttar 142565 ontological, metaphysical, or philosophical import of Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation in Jesus Christ). Although I concur that these precepts are very important torepparttar 142566 doctrine of baptisms—forrepparttar 142567 sake of time and space—I’m going to keep this very simple. I also stipulaterepparttar 142568 fact that we are called unto salvation fromrepparttar 142569 beginning. Also, I stipulaterepparttar 142570 fact that salvation is a work of God’s grace—totally.

Granted. There is an awareness that people grow into with age that prompts them to call uponrepparttar 142571 Lord for salvation; however,repparttar 142572 awareness and faith to believe unto salvation does not nullify grace. God provides everything for my salvation. I don’t add anything, not evenrepparttar 142573 faith to believe. God called me even before I was in my mother’s womb. God convicts me ofrepparttar 142574 need for His salvation in His timing. God providesrepparttar 142575 grace andrepparttar 142576 faith to receive His salvation (Eph. 2:8-10). Grace always comes before faith.

With that said, let me return to baptism. The argument against infant baptism is this. An infant is not capable of confessing his sin and calling uponrepparttar 142577 name of Jesus for salvation; therefore, no infant should be baptized because baptism always followsrepparttar 142578 conversion of person who has reachedrepparttar 142579 age of accountability. May I ask you this: What isrepparttar 142580 age of accountability? Is that term found inrepparttar 142581 New Testament? No, it isn’t. As a matter of fact, it is a term coined by some ofrepparttar 142582 radical groups ofrepparttar 142583 Reformation, such asrepparttar 142584 Anabaptists (re-baptize). The Anabaptists believed that infant baptism was wrong and re-baptized all their adult converts who had been baptized as infants.

Here is an important point. Infant baptism is older thanrepparttar 142585 Reformation. It was practiced byrepparttar 142586 early church, thenrepparttar 142587 Roman Catholic Church as well asrepparttar 142588 Greek Orthodox Church and was undisputed untilrepparttar 142589 16th century. Torepparttar 142590 Roman Catholic, infant baptism is a “sacramental theology” issue and not a “church ordinance” issue as upheld by many Protestant groups. The Roman Catholic believes thatrepparttar 142591 baptism of an infant washes awayrepparttar 142592 original sin ofrepparttar 142593 infant. The Bible declares that ALL are born into Adam’s sin. I agree, but for merepparttar 142594 issue is neither “sacramental theology” nor a “church ordinance” issue. I believe thatrepparttar 142595 baptism of an infant has more to do with “covenant relationship” than washing awayrepparttar 142596 infant’s sins.

Allow me to explain, please. In I Corinthians 16:1 Paul writes, “Now I did baptizerepparttar 142597 household of Stephanas…” The word “household” isrepparttar 142598 key word. Inrepparttar 142599 Greek New Testamentrepparttar 142600 word oikos is translated, “household” and meansrepparttar 142601 entire family—men, women, and children (infants too). There is no evidence of this word being used either in secular Greek, Biblical Greek, or inrepparttar 142602 writing of Hellenistic Judaism in a way which would restrict its meaning only to adults.

As a matter of fact,repparttar 142603 Old Testament parallel for “house” carriesrepparttar 142604 sense ofrepparttar 142605 entire family. The Greek translation ofrepparttar 142606 original Hebrew manuscripts (completed in 250 B.C.) uses this word when translatingrepparttar 142607 Hebrew word meaningrepparttar 142608 complete family (men, women, children, infants). I believe that a Christian home should baptize every one of their new-born babies into God’s covenant relationship that He has established withrepparttar 142609 parents. In this way—as Paul alludes to in his letter torepparttar 142610 Corinthians—the children are sanctified. I believerepparttar 142611 rite of infant baptism sets apart, as special,repparttar 142612 children of Christian parents. These children will grow up inrepparttar 142613 “nurture and admonition ofrepparttar 142614 Lord” to embrace God’s salvation more fully as they mature in age. The baptism is a special covering of God’s grace.

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