Experiencing Christ

Knowledge Being Different from Revelation (2)

Luke 24:29  And they constrained Him, saying, Stay with us, because it is near evening and the day is already gone by. And He went in to stay with them.  (30)  And as He reclined at table with them, He took the loaf and blessed it, and having broken it, He began handing it to them.  (31)  And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him; and He disappeared from them.  (32)  And they said to one another, Was not our heart burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was opening to us the Scriptures?

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When it was near evening and they [two disciples of Jesus] were coming close to Emmaus, they constrained Him to stay with them. As they reclined at table, Jesus took the loaf and handed it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. This shows us clearly that there are two kinds of knowledge of the Lord. One kind of knowledge is from the Bible, while the other kind of knowledge comes when the Lord opens men’s eyes. Some are very familiar with the Scriptures and can even speak to others about them, but they do not know the Lord Jesus. Others know not only the scriptural teachings, but their eyes have been opened by the Lord and they know the Lord Jesus also. These are two very different things. We must realize that Christianity does not have only the Bible but also personal revelations. It is true that without the Bible, there would be no Christianity in the world. But we have to remember that without revelation, we do not have a personal Christ.

One problem among God’s children is that much of their knowledge is “transmitted” knowledge; it is transmitted from one’s mouth to another’s ear. One man understands with his mind and transmits it into another man’s ear. Everything is transmitted, and hence everything is just a doctrine and teaching. We must remember that it is useless to have Bible knowledge without knowing the Lord. The two disciples that were on the way to Emmaus knew the Scriptures already, and while the Lord was talking with them and explaining the Scriptures to them on the way, their hearts were burning. Yet they still did not know the Lord. The only true knowledge of the Lord is inward knowledge.

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