This generation has embraced knowledge because they believe that knowledge is power, but they lack understanding. The Bible of believing Christians of this generation have embraced knowledge of the scriptures but they have rejected Jesus Christ, therefore they lack understanding. They do not understand the kingdom of God and they cannot understand that Jesus Christ is God. They wrestle with the scriptures, they keep on studying and they keep on learning but they never come to the knowledge of the truth, yet they are very quick to offer an explanation or their interpretation of the scriptures. They are deceived and lost, they do not understand, but Jesus Christ gives understanding to those who accept Him.
Jesus Christ was also rejected by the Pharisees who were the Bible believers of the time. Jesus did not fit into their interpretation of the scriptures. They did not understand that He was the Messiah that they were expecting, because they did not accept Him. They rather clung to their scriptures. They could not understand the kingdom of God. We read in Matthew 11, they came to Jesus and asked Him about John the Baptist. We read from verse 12: “Jesus said:From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force for all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John and if you are willing to accept it John himself is Elijah who was to come. He who has ears to hear let him hear.” and Jesus goes on and He talks about that unbelieving generation, verse 16: “But to what shall I compare this generation it is like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to the other children and say:”We played the flute for you and you did no dance we sang a dirge and you do not mourn, for John came neither eating nor drinking and they said:”He has a demon.” The Son of man came eating and drinking and they say:”behold a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners,” yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
They did not accept Jesus Christ because He did not fit into the picture that they had in their mind from studying the scriptures. We read further verse 20″ “and then He began to denounce the cities and which most of his miracles were done because they did not repent what do you Chorazin. Woe to you Bethsaida, for if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon, which occurred in you then they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes, nevertheless I say to you it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you Capernaum will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment than for you.” They did not believe in Jesus. They do not accept Him they saw the miracles that Jesus did and yet they rejected Him. They do not believe in Him.
The very same with this generation. They believe in the Scriptures and they look for salvation in the scriptures, but they reject Jesus Christ and therefore they cannot see nor understand the Kingdom of God. They cannot understand that Jesus Christ is the King of the kingdom of God and that we have to serve Him to be part of His kingdom. But these things are hidden. The truth is hidden from those who are wise in their own estimation, from the Bible believers, those who look for salvation from their own intellect, them from those who think that they have the power of knowledge. We read further Jesus said in verse 25: “at that time Jesus said:”I praise You Father Lord of Heaven and Earth that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes Father, for this way was well pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by my Father and no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Bible believers do not understand the kingdom of God. They do not understand that they have to know and serve the King, Jesus Christ. They occupy themselves with the scriptures. They are forever looking for new interpretations of the scriptures, looking for new prophecies to decipher, instead of going to Jesus and receiving wisdom from Him, because He gives to those who believe in Him and who ask Him.
As the Apostle John also wrote in 1st John 5:20. Listen carefully! “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him, who is true, and we are in Him, who is true, in His son Jesus Christ, this is the true God and eternal life.” That is who Jesus is, Jesus is God and He reveals Himself to those who believe in Him, those who seek Him,those who ask Him. He gives wisdom and understanding to those who come to Him like little children. And those who seek wisdom in the scriptures and in the writings and interpretations of other people, it remains closed to them. They do not understand, and sadly they never get to know Jesus, and they will end up in hell because just like those cities that rejected Jesus, they reject Jesus Christ Himself. They do not know Him. They do not have His Spirit, they do not have understanding, because they reject the truth, they reject Jesus Christ.
Understanding does not come from various studies and from knowledge gained from reading, it comes from Jesus Christ. He gives understanding to children, to babes, to the uneducated, to those who believe in Him, those who ask Him. If you ask Jesus He will give you understanding. Many keep on reading the Bible without understanding, they have various interpretations and various theories. That is why there are so many churches. That is why there are so many Bible students with different ideas and theories, but they have no knowledge of God. They do not have the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit is ONE, Jesus is ONE, there is only one truth and Jesus will reveal that truth to you if you seek Him and you believe Him. If you just ask Him He will give you understanding.
May Jesus bless you.