Is knowledge enough to save?

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. – James 2:19

When General Douglas MacArthur was a young West Point student, he was asked to give a report on a section of reading about the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity. The reading was incredibly complex and, being unable to comprehend it, MacArthur committed the pages to memory.

When he was called upon to give his report, he solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said. The instructor looked at him somewhat quizzically and asked, “Do you understand this theory?”

“No, sir.” You could’ve heard a pin drop in the lecture hall. The student braced himself and waited. And then the slow words of the professor: “Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur. Section dismissed.”

Is often easy to know something without understanding or accepting it. You can know that Jesus Christ came to earth, died for your sins, and rose again, but never really accept it for yourself. Today’s passage says even demons believe the things of God, but they are certainly not saved by it!

Instead of just letting the Bible be head knowledge, know it in your heart. Meditate on God’s Word so that it becomes more than what you believe – what you truly accept!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would give you eyes to see and ears to hear and accept His message of salvation.

Questions for Thought

Throughout most of your life, would you say you’ve been more of a “knower” or an “accepter” of the things of God?

What can you do to move from simple head knowledge to a heart knowledge of the gospel?