Wise Unto Salvation

Jim Hiser

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:15 (KJV).

Webster defines wisdom as: "Accumulated philosophical or scientific learning." Too, I have heard wisdom described as "applied knowledge."

The apostle Paul told Timothy that the scriptures are able to make one wise unto salvation. This is the wisdom that is to be desired above all else, for this salvation continues beyond this earthly realm into eternity: salvation from the consequences of our sins; salvation from the clutches of Satan's grasp, which ultimately results in an eternal hell, separation from God, Christ, and the redeemed of all ages.

James tells us: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given unto him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." James 1:5-6. Our God does not want us to be ignorant of things spiritual. On the other hand, we must apply ourselves to the task of learning God's Word. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.

A young mother came to me, with tears in her eyes, and said, "Brother Hiser, I don't know the scriptures like I should. Can you help me?" Of course, I was only too glad to assist her in a course of personal study. It is no shame to be ignorant; it is a shame to remain ignorant of the scriptures!

Many years ago, God lamented, through His prophet Hosea, "My people are destroyed through a lack of knowledge ..." Hosea 4:6. This lack of knowledge resulted in God's rejection of them as His own people. Brethren, if that was true in Hosea's day, how much more is it true today! Jesus told the people in His audience: "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John 5:39.

Indeed, eternal life can be found through a study of the scriptures, just as Paul told Timothy. It cannot be found in the wisdom of this world. For years, our brethren have bemoaned the fact that our children who enter college are woefully ignorant of the rudiments of the Holy Word. Sadly, in many cases, parents are no more ably equipped to pass the tests which were given to their children. David declared: "The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver." Psalm 119:72.

This old world has many tools to draw God's people away from the word. Therefore, we need to be urgent in all seasons to encourage each other in the study of the scriptures. Our very souls depend on it! "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: For the time is at hand." Revelation 1:5. - 5636 Cherrywood Dr., Lorain, OH 44053.


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