The Apostle Paul warns that we can end up always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7)
But what’s the difference between learning and knowledge?
I couldn’t find a big difference between these two Greek words so the context must be key.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” So knowledge of the truth is given to everyone who follows Jesus. To know the truth is to know Jesus, since he is the truth.
Therefore the learning that Paul is talking about in this verse must mean something outside of truly knowing Jesus. As you see above in The Sun’s front page, this “learning” is information that will be revealed to the select few —- note the words “hidden” and “secret.”
Unlike the writers in the Sun, I don’t know secrets like where Jimmy Hoffa is today. Nor do I have a quick, secret shortcut to give you lasting peace of mind and your best life now.
If I learn a lot of hidden linkages and connections in the Bible along with secret number codes, how does that increase my compassion for anyone?
I have been reflecting on the simple message of the gospel. I like how Jonathan Leeman says it:
The gospel can be summarized in four words: God, man, Christ, response.
God is holy and loving.
Man sinned and earned the judgment of a holy and loving God.
Christ lived and died in our place to defeat sin and death.
We are called to respond in repentance and faith.
There isn’t anything secret about the gospel. It’s the knowledge that we really need!