“…asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will.” ~Colossians 1:9

In Scripture, knowledge has nothing to do with some special understanding that’s reserved for the spiritually elite. And it’s not about unlocking the eternal secrets of the universe. In Scripture, knowledge is understanding what God is doing. It’s recognizing how Christ Jesus is the fulfillment of all of God’s redemptive promises for all time.

“God has chosen to make known… the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” ~Colossians 1:27

“…so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ.” ~Colossians 2:2

Knowledge is understanding that all of God’s salvation purposes are fulfilled in Jesus. It’s knowing that salvation is available to all through Jesus. And it keeps us from being sucked in to the world’s opposite forms of knowledge and understanding. The values and practices of our culture are powerful forces. And without God’s knowledge, we can wind up following a mushy sentimentality or a pathway of power or success reinforced by a herd mentality. Christians may not know more than others, but we ought to know better.