It profits us nothing!
"Though I understand all mysteries and all knowledge . . . and have not love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2
We must distinguish between things that differ, namely, a knowledge of spiritual things—and actual spiritual knowledge.
A knowledge of spiritual things can be acquired by the unregenerate.
Spiritual knowledge is peculiar to the children of God.
A knowledge of spiritual things is merely intellectual and theoretical.
Spiritual knowledge is vital and effectual.
One may take up "Bible study" in the same way as another would the study of philosophy or science. He may pursue it diligently and enthusiastically. He may obtain a familiarity of the letter of Scripture and a proficiency in understanding its terms, far in advance of the hard-working Christian who has less leisure and less natural ability. Yet what is such knowledge worth, if it . . .
does not affect the heart,
fails to transform the character and
make the daily walk pleasing to God!
Unless our "Bible study" is conforming us, both inwardly and outwardly, to the image of Christ—it profits us nothing!
Don Fortner: "Adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things." Titus 2:10. Let us take great care to conform our lives to our doctrine. Doctrine and duty cannot be separated. Every truth discovered in the Word of God ought to be applied to our lives. If our character and conduct does not reflect the grace and glory of God revealed in the gospel, our doctrine is utterly meaningless!