Yes that’s what most of us are. You and I not exempted. The Bible says; Hosea 4:6 – My people are ruined because they don’t know what’s right or true. Because you’ve turned your back on knowledge, I’ve turned my back on you priests. Because you refuse to recognize the revelation of God, I’m no longer recognizing your children. See the price it has caused us! See our lives!
I pray that I may seek the knowledge of God in every aspect of my life. I refuse to turn my back on The Lord and The Word. Great wisdom and understanding is my portion in Jesus mighty name. I declare proverbs 23:23 upon my life. And so is your portion too. Believe with me and say Amen.
▶Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. The word ignorant is an adjective that describes a person in the state of being unaware, and can describe individuals who do not deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts, or individuals who are unaware of important information or facts. Ignorance can come in three different types: 1. Factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact); having limited understanding, 2. Objectual ignorance (Unfarmilier with some object) like people, the word and 3. Technical ignorance (absence of knowledge of how to do something) like to read the word, socialize and mingle with the wise.
▶Webster describes it as being unaware or uninformed. It also goes ahead and describes ‘ignorant’ as being A: Destitute of knowledge or education; lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified (God in this case)
B: resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge – “My people are,” not, “is.” This accurately represents the Hebrew . The word “people” speaks of them as a whole; are, relates to the individuals of whom that whole is composed. Together, the words express the utter destruction of the whole, one and all. They are destroyed “for lack of knowledge,” literally, “of the knowledge,” i. e., the only knowledge, which in the creature is real knowledge, that knowledge, of the want of which he had before complained, the knowledge of the Creator. So Isaiah mourns in the same words , “therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.” They are destroyed for lack of it, for the true knowledge of God is the life of the soul, true life, life, as our Saviour saith, “This is life eternal, that they should know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.” The source of this lack of knowledge, so fatal to the people, was the willful rejection of that knowledge by the priest;
The Lord is saying through the prophet; Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me – God marks the relation between the sin and the punishment, by retorting on them, as it were, their own acts; and that with great emphasis, “I will utterly reject thee . You and I are the priests being addressed here. 1Pet.2.9 – But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you–
Seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God – This seems to have been the sin of the people. For the same persons could not, at least in the same stage of sin, despise and forget. They who despise or “reject,” must have before their mind that which they “reject.” To reject is willful, conscious, deliberate sin, with a high hand; to “forget,” an act of negligence. The rejection of God’s law was the act of the understanding and will, forgetfulness of it comes from the neglect to look into it; and this, from the distaste of the natural mind for spiritual things, from being absorbed in things of this world, from inattention to the duties prescribed by it, or shrinking from seeing “that” condemned, which is agreeable to the flesh. The priests then knew God’s law and “despised” it; the people “forget” it. In an advanced stage of sin, however, man may come to forget what he once despised; and this is the condition of the hardened sinner.
I will also forget thy children – Literally, “I will forget thy children, I too.” God would mark the more, that His act followed on theirs; they, first; then, He saith, “I too.” He would requite them, and do what it belonged not to His Goodness to do first. Parents who are careless as to themselves, as to their own lives, even as to their own shame, still long that their children should not be as themselves. God tries to touch their hearts, where they are least steeled against Him. He says not, “I will forget thee,” but I will forget those nearest to thy heart, “thy children.” God is said to forget, when He acts, as if His creatures were no longer in His mind, no more. The objects of His providence and love. Very bad, so sad.
How have we become ignorant?
We have rejected the key principles of the Kingdom of God that we are suppose to live by as Christians, we have forfeited them for free life style which is unbiblical. The nonbelievers even practice them to the later better than us making them more prosperous. Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.”
I think this the greatest ignorance of all, but it’s a willful ignorance. If Christians are right, then the atheist is in big trouble someday, but if the atheist is right, then what’s the big deal? We all vanish into nothingness anyway. Of course it’s not a matter of “if” but “since” Christianity is true, everyone will have to give an account for their suppressing the knowledge of God and refusing to do what Jesus commanded everyone to do and that was to repent and believe the gospel.
The kingdom principles.
Spiritual words, God’s words, are keys to the kingdom. God has given you the keys to the kingdom, Biblical principles that unlock the benefits of your salvation.
Scripture says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalms 103:2-5).
Everything you need is unlocked by a kingdom principle. Whatever it is you desire, you can find a Scripture that pertains to it. Here are some examples.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
SALVATION OF FAMILY
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30-31)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
You see, what is required of us is just to decree and declare I’m faith and it happens but have failed to do that instead we seek shortcuts that helps us not. The Bible says, 1Pet.2.9 – But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you.
Cultures to kingdom principle. Luke.22.29 – Now I confer on you the royal authority my Father conferred on me.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is an invitation for man to return to the realm of life God originally intended. But God does not set up a standard of morality and declare that when you have achieved it you can enter the Kingdom. There is one requirement for entrance: Repenting from sin and spiritual rebirth. Through repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior you are born into the Kingdom and become a Kingdom resident.
Residency in the Kingdom of God requires a new lifestyle governed by the laws of the Kingdom. Life in the spiritual Kingdom affects the quality of life in the visible world. The lifestyle of the Kingdom is exactly opposite of the lifestyle of the kingdoms of the world. It is different in both structure and principles. When you enter the Kingdom of God it is like immigrating to a new country.
The two greatest principles of God’s Kingdom are:
1. Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
2. Loving and doing to others as you love yourself and want others to do to you.
Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;
And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment. [Deut. 6:4, 5.]
The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. [Lev. 19:18.]
All other Kingdom principles are based upon these two key principles. Each Kingdom principle relates either to your relationship with God or others.
The basic principles upon which the Kingdom of God operates are exactly opposite of the common thinking of man and the accepted structure of earthly kingdoms. These principles include:
“IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU”:
Jesus established this basic Kingdom principle:
But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant;
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:25-28)
But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:26)
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister, And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. (Mark 10:43-44)
Although Jesus was dealing with a specific matter of leadership here, He also established a general principle of the Kingdom: ” It shall not be so among you. “ Although worldly standards and earthly kingdoms accept certain principles, the principles of God’s Kingdom are different…” It shall not be so among you.”
THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY:
There are many earthly kingdoms, all divided from one another. There are also divisions within earthly kingdoms which result in coups and revolutions. God’s Kingdom is a united Kingdom. It is described as one spiritual body with many parts:
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. (I Corinthians 12:12-14)
The residents of God’s Kingdom are united together in God and Jesus:
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also many be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:21-23)
God’s Kingdom has no relationships with the kingdom of Satan:
…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matthew 12:25-28. See also Mark 3:23-26 and Luke 11:17-20)
One of the main purposes of unity in the Kingdom of God is the unlimited power it produces. Jesus promised:
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:19-20)
Because the residents of God’s Kingdom are still in fleshly bodies, division may arise from time to time. Jesus gave instructions for handling such divisions in Matthew 18:15-35.
THE PRINCIPLE OF PENETRATION:
The Kingdom of God is to penetrate the world in two ways: As light and as salt:
Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11:33-36)
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:34-35)
And He said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? And not to be set on a candlestick? (Mark 4:21)
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. (Mark 9:50)
In the natural world, salt works silently. It is used to preserve food, heal wounds, and add flavor. A little salt affects a great amount of food.
In the spiritual world, Kingdom residents are to penetrate the world as salt. They are to preserve the values and quality of the Kingdom, be a healing balm to others, and like the flavor of life. They are to spread the Kingdom steadily. As salt, they can affect a great mass of humanity. In another passage, Jesus compared the penetration of the Kingdom to leaven ( Matthew 13:33 ). Like salt, a little leaven works silently to penetrate a great lump of bread.
In the natural world, light exposes darkness. It shows the way out of darkness. Light in darkness cannot escape notice. The Kingdom resident is to be a spiritual light in the world. He is to expose and show the way out of darkness. He is not to allow anything in his life (bushel) to blow out the light of the Kingdom. Believers are to live the life of the Kingdom in a visible way, steadily penetrating the kingdoms of the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom.
PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER:
Prayer in the Kingdom is based on three principles: Asking, seeking, and knocking:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Each level of prayer speaks of greater intensity in seeking God. Jesus also gave a model prayer for Kingdom residents. You can read it in Matthew 6:9-1 . and Luke 11:2-4.
PRINCIPLES OF WORSHIP:
The basic principles of worship in the Kingdom are described in Matthew 6:1-18. Read this passage in your Bible. The basic principles of worship include:
Giving: Outward look Matthew 6:1-4
Praying: Upward look Matthew 6:5-15
Fasting: Inward look Matthew 6:16-18
All three areas of worship are to be done in secret in order to be blessed of God.
THE PRINCIPLE OF SINGLENESS OF VISION:
The single vision of Kingdom residents is to seek first the Kingdom of God. Read Matthew 6:19-34 and compare it to Luke 12:22-34 :
Jesus speaks of singleness of heart in Matthew 6:19-21 .
He speaks of singleness of vision in
Matthew 6:22-23 .
He speaks of singleness of devotion in Luke 16:13 .
He speaks of singleness of service in
Matthew 6:24 and Luke 9:60 and 62 .
He speaks of singleness in thought in Matthew 6:25-32 and 34.
The following verse summarizes this principle of singleness of vision:
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these thing shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33).
THE IMPORTANCE OF KINGDOM PRINCIPLES
It is important to know the principles which govern life in the Kingdom of God because:
- YOU MUST LIVE BY KINGDOM PRINCIPLES TO MAINTAIN RESIDENCY:
Although repentance is the only requirement for entrance to the Kingdom, there are definite requirements to maintain residency after being born into this spiritual realm. Jesus said:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
The will of the Father, revealed by Jesus Christ, was that believers be governed by the laws of the Kingdom.
2. JESUS SAID KINGDOM PRINCIPLES ARE IMPORTANT:
In Luke 12:22-31 Jesus taught that the Kingdom should be the primary concern of life. He concluded with this statement:
But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:31)
If you seek the Kingdom first…its principles, its lifestyle, its Gospel…then all other necessary things in life will be provided.
3. FRUITS OF THE KINGDOM ARE THE TEST OF POSSESSION:
Jesus told the Jews that the test of possessing the Kingdom was bringing forth the fruits thereof ( Matthew 21:43 ). The fruit of the Kingdom is that which is outwardly produced by the inward life flow, just as fruit on a natural tree is the outward product of the flow of life within. If you are a resident of the Kingdom of God it will be apparent in your visible lifestyle.
4. TO REIGN IN THE FUTURE KINGDOM WE MUST KNOW ITS PRINCIPLES:
II Timothy 2:12 indicates that believers will reign with Jesus in the future Kingdom of God. To “reign” means to “rule with power and authority.” If you are to reign with Him, you must know the laws which govern the Kingdom.