Against Vain and Secular Knowledge (Of Internal Consolation)

By Manuel ‘Boy’ Negado

The following piece was culled from the works of Thomas Kempis’ “Imitations of Christ”. Thomas à Kempis, CRSA (c. 1380 – 25 July 1471) was a German-Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best-known Christian books on devotion.

My child, let not the sayings of man move you, however, beautiful and subtle they may be. “For the kingdom of God consisteth not in word but in power.” – Scriptural basis: I Thessalonians 1:5 – Because our Gospel came to you not simply with words, But also with power with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

Attend well to my words, for they inflame the heart, _and God enlighten the mind, they cause compunction and they supply abundant variety of consolation. – Scriptural basis: Psalm 119-105 – Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.

Never read the Word in color to appear more learned or more wise. – Scriptural basis: Romans 1:22 – Professing themselves be wise they became fools.

Be studious for the mortification of your sins; for this will profit you more than the knowledge of many difficult questions. Scriptural basis: Corinthians 8:1 – We know that we all have knowledge, knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth…: Psalm 119:11 – Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

When you shall have read and known many things, you ought, ever to return to one beginning and principle. – Scriptural basis: Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

I am He that teacheth man knowledge and I give to little children a clearer understanding than can be taught by man.- Scriptural basis: : John 14:26 – But the (Counselor) the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance…

He, therefore, to whom I shall speak quickly be wise, and shall profit much in the Spirit. – Scriptural basis: James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, he/she should ask God, who gives generously unto all man without finding fault and it will be given to her/him.

The time will come, when the master of Masters shall appear, Christ the Lord of all to hear the lessons of All, That is to examine the consciences of every one.-Scriptural basis: Galatians 5:13 – …rather serve one another in love.

Woe to them that inquire many curious things of man, and little care about serving them in Jesus Name!- Scriptural basis: Galatians 5:13 – …rather serve one another in love.

The time will come, when the master of Masters shall appear, Christ the Lord of all to hear the lessons of All, That is to examine the consciences of every one.- Scriptural basis: 2 Corinthians 13:5-8–Verse 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you…-

And then will He search Jerusalem with lamps, and the hidden things of darkness shall be brought to light, and the arguing of man’s tongues shall be silent.-Scriptural basis: Luke 12:2-3 – Verse 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be made known…Verse 3 what you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.

I am He who in one instant do raise up the humble mind, to understand more of eternal truth, than if one has studied ten years in the schools.-Scriptural basis: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.

I teach without noise of words, without confusion of opinions, without ambition of honors, without the scuffing of arguments. – Scriptural basis: Psalm 25:9 – He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His ways… Proverbs 25:27 – …so for men to seek his/her own honor is not honor.

 

I am He who instruct man to enjoy their present earthly life, to flee honors, to suffer injuries to place all hope in Me, to desire nothing from Me, and above all things ardently to Love Me. – Scriptural basis –: Psalm 71:5 – For you are my hope, O Lord God.

 

For a certain person, by loving Me fully learned divine things, and spake that which was admirable. He profited more by forsaking all things than by studying subtleties. –Scriptural basis: Matthew 11:25 – …learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls.

But to some man I speak common things, to other things more particular; to some I appear sweetly by signs and figures, but to some I reveal mysteries with much light.-Scriptural basis: 1 Corinthians 12:6 and 7: And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God who worketh all in all…Verse 7 – …the Spirit is given for the common good.

The voice of books is indeed one, but it instruct not all alike; for I am the teacher of the truth within. I am the searcher of the heart, the discerner of the thoughts, the mover of good action, distributing to every man as I judge best. – Scriptural basis: Hebrew 4:12 The word of God is living ad active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

 

The following verses refer to “vain”. There is such a thing as Vain Human’s endeavours ad efforts:

 

Believing in vain (1 Cor. 15: 1 -2) v2 Unless you have believed in vain

Praying in vain (Mark 6:7) When you pray; do not keep on babbling like pagans.

Worshipping in vain (Mark 7:7) THEY WORSHIP ME IN VAIN.

Preaching in vain (1 Cor. 15:14) If Christ did not rise again our preaching is useless.

Labouring in vain (Psalm 127:1) Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.

Vain religion (James 1:27) Pure and undefiled religion is this, to look after orphans visiting widows and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Vain glory (Galatians 5:26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory

Vain faith (1 Cor 15:17) If Christ did not rise from the dead your faith is futile

Romans 10: 2-4 For I can testify about them, that they are zealous for God but their zeal is not based on right knowledge

1 Cor. 1:24 Christ the knowledge/Wisdom power of God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge/wisdom of God

We know that we all possess knowledge, knowledge puffs up; knowledge alone usurps the function of faith.

We do not have to hate all philosophy, we are not called upon to despise all knowledge, the love of knowledge nor the wider search for knowledge. We are called upon to search all knowledge in the light of Christ.

God is not against knowledge, only of the irresponsible use of it and the arrogance of those who pride themselves on their intellect and the self-sufficiency of acquired knowledge.

The problem resides not with knowing but with the application of what we know is right in our daily lives.

Jesus forges no division between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the religious and the morals. His influence, teaching, life example are of timeless importance, still live issues in today’s world – Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Say what you mean and mean what you say, practice what you preach, talk the walk and walk the talk;

Yes, reader friends, God is no respecter of persons but in every nation he/she that feareth, and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him (Acts 10:35). The New Testament makes plain that the norm for this age, for both Hews and Gentiles, is for the Holy Spirit to be given without delay, human mediation, or other conditions than simple faith in Jesus Christ for all He has shown you, O man what is good’ and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

Reader friends, Keep on keeping on. Be not weary in the well-doing; your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Thank you my Dear Reader friends for your appreciation. I sincerely hope this piece has helped guide you in some way around your life today. Please feel free to contact me at 204-615-7268.