Abound More in Knowledge! – Philippians 1:9
by Pastor Lee Hemen
February 17, 2009
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight… (Philippians 1:9)
Paul prayed a lot, there is no denying it. He prayed for the churches he helped establish, he prayed for those he had won to Christ, he prayed for the leadership of the church in Jerusalem, and he prayed for the lost to come to Christ as well. But one of the things Paul mentions specifically and generally over and over is that he prayed that others would grow in their knowledge of God.
Interestingly, many believers are stagnant in this area and most non-believers think they have a working knowledge about God when in fact they have no clue what-so-ever. It isn’t knowing that there is or isn’t a God that makes one “knowledgeable.” It is getting to know who God is and how He works within His creation. Now before you come unglued, unhinged, or begin sputtering incoherent meanderings about you being just as religious as anyone, let me explain it from my perspective.
Literally Paul is writing that he desires that his fellow Christians superabound in a great in-depth knowledge of God. To go beyond their limited understanding of God being one of commands and the letter of the law and all that. God had shown Himself in the fullness of Jesus the Messiah. All there is to know about God is found in Jesus. Paul wanted his readers to abound in this knowledge and go past their old understanding of God.
Paul was not talking about some mystical bellybutton approach here. No becoming one with creation kind of claptrap. He wanted his readers to buck up and get growing in their knowledge of Jesus because by doing so they would understand God a whole lot better. Sadly, in our day and age, many folk think their greater understanding of Jesus is revealed by how they feel at the moment.
Dear child of God, if you truly desire to “be able to discern what is best” for your life, you need to “abound more and more in [your] knowledge and depth of insight” concerning Jesus. Begin by reading His gospels, conversing with Him daily in prayer, and by serving in a local fellowship of gracious believers.
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