Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/23/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 549: The Knowledge of Good and Evil
Gen.2:16-17 the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat”
In Eden, God told Adam that one tree was to remain a mystery. But Satan painted a picture for Eve: how her future could look:
Gen.3:5 when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
The knowledge of good and evil is essential for self-control in an individual, or for governing a nation. Maturity and wisdom are needed to harness such powerful knowledge for God’s will.
God intended Adam and Eve to depend on Him, as innocent children would trust their father.
When Solomon became king of Israel, rather than asking God for power or money or glory for himself, he prayed for wisdom:
1 Kings 3:9-10 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.
Wisdom is not knowledge that we learn to harness ourselves. Wisdom is a Person.
1 Cor.1:24 Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.