“Stan,” I said, “when we first started getting together, you mentioned that you began a Bible study class because you knew nothing about the Bible, is that correct?”
“Yes,” he responded.
“I knew nothing about the Bible and I thought it would be a good ‘academic exercise’.”
Continuing, Stan said, “I started out looking for head knowledge, but through that process God gave me heart knowledge.”
“Heart knowledge?” I asked.
“Yes. I began to study the Bible about three years before I became a Christian. During those three years, my head was gaining some knowledge, but my heart was still cold to God.”
“I had not surrendered and made God a part of my life.”
“I was a slow learner because the Holy Spirit had not entered my life. I was learning on my own, and that was a slow process.”
“So,” I asked, “are you saying it is possible to study the Bible and gain head knowledge without being a Christian?”
“Absolutely. I am a prime example that it is possible.”
“But I will also say that such a head-knowledge person has no idea what he or she is missing in the true pursuit of the knowledge of God.”
Continuing, Stan said, “Once I accepted the finished work of Christ and became a Christian, I was gifted with the presence of the Holy Spirit and the whole learning process changed.”
“It was He who opened me to receive the heart knowledge of God’s presence in my life. It was like He supercharged the learning process.”
“Now,” Stan continued, “when I sit to study the Bible, I have a one-on-one relationship with the Greatest Teacher of all time!”
Jesus opened His mouth and began to teach them. Matthew 5:2.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for wanting to teach me all you have for me to learn. You know how slow a learner I can be. I thank you for your patience in being the Great Teacher. I ask you to open me to get self out of your way so I will learn, understand, receive, and embrace all you have for me to know about you as I pursue eternal life on this side of eternity. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.