Bible trivia and Self-deception
God graciously gave us His Word to teach, reprove, correct, and train us so that we will be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). But do we assume that intellectual knowledge is the same as growth in godliness? We can know something but then ignore it. All of us can think of things we know but don’t do. The Scriptures are given to train us in righteousness not merely to fill our heads with information. The Christian life is not about winning at Bible trivia. We need to know the Bible well but also practice it diligently. Fight self-deception.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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