“Knowledge is tangible and good but it becomes evil when we begin to puff up”
One of the things we first need to know in any area of knowledge that we have is to understand there is nothing that we have or claim to have learn that is not giving from above and hence this should make us humble.
1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
Some folks have in their minds that they know things and thereby nobody can speak to them, they raise high their shoulders even in their hearts against people and this is wrong. We must understand that whatever knowledge that we receive and that knowledge profitable to all we should learn to be humble and not feel like we never received it from above. If the gift or the knowledge that we have is liberating men, it shouldn’t bring us to a state of being proud by knowledge because every good and perfect gift comes from above.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
That’s why Paul was saying if you received it from above then why do you glory or become so proud as though it was not from above that you got it from. In fact knowledge should never make us force men to be under us.
“One of the highest deception is to think what know will make you higher than the other fellow”
Now, let’s see the knowledge that puffs up with this scripture in view.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. KNOWLEDGE PUFFETH UP, BUT CHARITY EDIFIETH.
- The knowledge that puffs up can not admit wrongs.
“The correct application to knowledge is to be humble”
Knowledge is like a drive, it pushes a man and often can ride him so high that he thinks there is nowhere he can not go even when it means death. But we can move from the trap of the knowledge that puffs up by staying humble and to admit our wrongs when we are wrong. I remember a time I did something and I wrote a quote that “even ants have leaders” to some folks that told me that they don’t have leaders and then a lady replied by saying “ants don’t have leaders” I was interested and I went back to the scriptures then I saw it that indeed they don’t have leaders.
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
6:7 WHICH HAVING no guide, overseer, or RULER,
So I just submitted to her that am sorry, that I was wrong. I remember she used the word “you’re humble” for me, then I saw her checking out on what I wrote on Facebook. No matter the knowledge that you feel you have you must learn to stay humble and be ready to say you’re wrong when you’re wrong. Knowledge is very beautiful but never hold up to what you know alone be ready to listen to others. The importance part of knowledge is listening.
- The knowledge that puffs up believes he knows everything and is not submissive
“What will make your knowledge to become honoured is when you’re submissive”
Knowledge that puffs up will never be submissive, it will stick to what he knows and will never want to submit to any, such will always be pushed by what he knows and will see others as nothing. For such is the man that Paul described as he does not know as he ought to know.
1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
The truth is there is always a deeper knowledge to what you know and you gain more knowledge by submission that even though you know, yet you’re ready to submit to what others know. I love a man called Apollos, he’s a submissive man
Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
Please lets see what scripture said about him so that we can understand why such a man should not be proud but yet was humble.
- An eloquent man
- Mighty in scriptures
- He was instructed in the way of the Lord
- Fervent in spirit
- He taught diligently the things of Lord
- Knowing only the baptism of John
- He speaks the word boldly.
Looking at all these things in a man this is enough to make him proud and never to be able to submit his knowledge to any man. But Priscilla and Aquila heard him preach and then felt even though he has all this there is still more he need to know, so they took him in and expanded the scriptures to him. Now wait. I think the scriptures said Apollos was mighty in scriptures why the need of being taught again? Listen there is more to knowledge and as we submit more we gain more.
1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I MADE MYSELF SERVANT UNTO ALL, THAT I MIGHT GAIN THE MORE.
You see what Paul said he made himself a servant, that’s submission, that he may gain the more. He knew the way to get people more is to be humble or to become a servant. A man can even be full of knowledge in a wrong thing and then claim boldy that he is right.
Finally, the Bible says knowledge that puffs up does not edifies, it becomes edification when it is born out of love. When we begin to place our knowledge on the ground of love then it can truly bless and then edify the people. Knowledge that has lost love in it has lost power!