Get Understanding the Jesus Way

It is imperative to understand God’s Word. This Word is Jesus (John 1:1-4). It is impossible to comprehend any fragment of knowledge without understanding. Some believe a person must have a Christian worldview to obtain true understanding. Conversely, people believe that anything that is mentally obtained is automatically understood. This is a possible interpretation of, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). This passage implies that all people understand God’s nature. Nonetheless, Augustine expresses that some philosophers exhaust themselves fruitlessly searching for understanding apart from God (The City of God, Bk. 8, Ch. 10). So what is understanding to God? In Proverbs, we are told to “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of [God’s] mouth” (Prov. 4:5 KJV). We are also commanded to give our ear to wisdom and “apply [our] heart to understanding” (Prov. 2:2-3). According to the Bible, God’s word is supposed to become who we are. But this is a journey. “If thou [seek wisdom] as silver, and [search] for [wisdom] as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord [gives] wisdom: out of his mouth [comes] knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 2:4-6). Therefore, wisdom and understanding,  dispersions from God, result by pushing to find the Lord’s Word. So, to have understanding is to seek after Jesus with all that we have as if he was a lost treasure. For now, we have the directions toward this treasure [Jesus] given to us by God (Jer. 31:33)! If we seek Jesus in this way we will “understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity” and “every good path” (Prov. 2:9). God bless.

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