With easy access to the world’s information through the internet it is easy to feel overwhelmed at the mass of knowledge that exists. It is humiliating to realize that there are now more blogs than books in the world. Imagine Google searching the collective thoughts of humanity: a scary thought.
Though everyone has access to the information, not one of us can absorb everything. Industries have formed around niche specializations where people dedicate their entire lives to researching and writing about single organisms, ideas, or places.
Truly the more we learn, the more we realize we have yet to discover.
Yet, despite the libraries of information, the knowledge of the world is tarnished when compared to the glimmering treasure of the knowledge that is in Christ. The knowledge of Christ is worth more than any tuition at any university.
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” – Phil 3:8
It is the knowledge of Christ that was more valuable than all of Paul’s earthly education and worldly wisdom (1 Cor 1:20).
While we do learn information from the world, the superior knowledge of truth comes only from Jesus Christ.
“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Col 2:3
What ultimate good is the knowledge of natural science if we do not understand the Creator?
What ultimate good is social science if we do not understand the person of God?
What ultimate good is medical science if we do not understand eternal life?
What ultimate good is the study of justice and governments if we do not understand the nature of man and his need for the gospel of grace?
All of these fields of study, in fact, every field of study is crowned by the jewels of the knowledge of Christ. Indeed, the knowledge of Christ affects all things.
It is easy, in the midst of avalanches of knowledge from the world, to think that we can supplement the gospel with other methods of spiritual enlightenment. Yet, by doing so, we are robbing ourselves of the riches that are found only in Christ (Col 2:18).
Crown jewels glorify the head they sit upon, and our Head is Jesus Christ. We find the treasures of knowledge in him.