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Friday, August 24, 2012

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Yesterday I wrote about the infinity of God’s knowledge and wisdom and the impossibility of knowing Him fully here.  There is another, probably obvious, truth associated with this fact.  No one, including you and me, has it all figured out.  That means that theologians, writers of commentaries, writers of the notes in your study Bible, pastors, teachers, mentors, people who write blogs, Wikipedia, and all of the experts who comment on articles on the internet – none of them have a corner on the truth, all of us are still learning and will continue to learn.
The goal of knowing God is so broad we need each other's gifts to help us as we pursue Him.
The corollary to this is that we need each other.  Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that we have been given gifts by the Holy Spirit, Christ, and the Father for the purpose of building each other up.  One of the ways that occurs is that because of the differences in the way we have been gifted, we process the Word, our interaction with the Lord, and our interaction with the world differently.  For that reason, we need to listen to each other.  We need to learn from each other.  The most seasoned professor at a seminary can learn from the new believer.  Because of the immenseness of the task, to know God, each of us needs to know what our brothers and sisters have seen.

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