There are essentially two ways to answer any question regarding Christianity. One is logically matter-of-fact and the other is compelling and personal. One clearly sheds light on the what of Christianity and the other the Who of our faith. While both are fine and have a place in our witness, the latter is decisively better. I suspect this is likely the reason why the Apostle Paul opts here to share about Who he knows rather than what he knows.
“Whom I Believe”
I’m treading gently here, but nevertheless, our faith has less to do with what we believe and everything to do with Who we believe in, submit to, and rely upon. Therefore, our most effective witness occurs when our focus is kept on Jesus and our relationship. Similarly, if you were telling someone about marriage, the better account would come not from a dictionary, but in the sharing of your personal relationship you enjoy with your spouse. This of course in no way diminishes the importance and vitality and truth of Biblical data.
What vs. Who
Reflect on what you know about the Bible and chances are you fall into one of these two categories:
a) You are not very knowledgeable and feel hindered by the fact that you do not know a lot.
b) You study the Bible a lot and have come to the realization that the more you learn the less you know.
This is a wonderful position to be in and Paul, the biblical scholar, would agree (although he would never counsel anyone to not study the Bible. That would be ludicrous). The formerly blind man would also agree — he knew very little (if anything) of God‘s word. However, he was more than willing and able to share about his relationship with his Savior Jesus.
Sometimes all you have is all you need.
“One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25
- What does the verse tell us about Jesus?
- What does it tell us about ourselves?
- What if anything should be changed?
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