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The Knowledge of Ignorance

Ac 17:30
“God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better — but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

Many fail to understand that God has mercy on our ignorance. Paul knew this from firsthand experience:

1 Ti 1:13
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.        KJV

Ignorance of something is understandable–for a while. In our laws, we are told that “ignorance is no excuse.” That is absolutely true.

There is a difference between an ‘excuse’ and a ‘reason.’ A reason explains why something happened. An excuse is necessary in order to avoid the consequences of that event.

Therefore, ignorance may be the reason, but it will not excuse you rom the consequences.

Take, for instance, our current modern problem of distractedness while driving. Multitudes of people are ignorant of the fact that a human being is only capable of one emotional focus at a time. That ignorance causes them to think that they can do many things at once.

They truly believe that they can drive a car while talking on the phone, smoking a cigarette, drinking a soda, and trying to change the radio station. Those actions will one day have consequences of a wreck.

Ignorance will be the reason they were doing all those things at once, but will that excuse them from the consequences of the bent fender?

So it is with God.

We might be able to claim ignorance for a season, and as a reason; but it will not be an excuse when we stand before Him who knows the heart.

The verse under our consideration says that the days of claiming ignorance are over with. We now know.

My heart is burdened for the Church in this condition of ignorance. I know the verse speaks to the lost who need to know the Lord; and I am concerned for them. But, the Body of Christ is also trying to function in a great time of ignorance, and it is costing us dearly.

Hosea 4:6 says that “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” That lack of knowledge is called ignorance. Ignorance is no longer something that the Lord will wink at. We can no longer claim to be ignorant.

What if we truly don’t know? How will that affect our walk with God? How long can we continue to claim ignorance?

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Constantly Renewed

Tit 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;              KJV

We all know that there is no benefit in any of our ‘works’ to try to make us right with God. We cannot pray enough or hard enough. We can’t cry enough or loud enough. We cannot help enough people out of their misery. We cannot give enough money to enough charities. There is absolutely nothing that we can do in our own strength that will please God enough to take away the sentence of death that we carry in our bodies.

Having that sense of death, and knowing that there is no way out, should cause us to fall on our face before God and cry, “Mercy!”

That mercy is given in the form and name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we receive Jesus as our Savior, we are washed. It is called here “regeneration.”

What is regeneration?

When a tree has a limb broken off and a new one grows in its place, that is regeneration. When a tree is cut down, and new one comes forth from the stump, that is regenration.

When your old self was crucified with Christ, and the new you came forth in true righteousness and holiness, that is regeneration.

We are saved by that regeneration.

We are also saved by the ‘renewing of the Holy Ghost.’

That is not a ‘one-shot deal’ though. Notice that it is renewing of the Holy Ghost. It is an ongoing process.

Many claim to have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. That may very well be. But, there is more to it than that.

I was baptized in water, but I am not still wet. There is a continual renewal that must be taking place in my life.

How about you? Are you being continually filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18)?

What does that look like for you? What do you do?