How Do We (The Brethren) Know? How Do We Understand?

Luke 24:44-45
Then He said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”

God opens our (the brethren’s) minds. God makes us know. God makes us understand:

1 Corinthians 2:11-16
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

Brothers and sisters, do not tolerate, entertain, or even respect the notion that we do not know what we are certain about: that Jesus Christ, the Master (as He is commonly referred to in the original Greek), is our propitiation; our atoning sacrifice, who appeases God’s wrath on our behalf. The denier of God will challenge our certainty of knowing with every rebellious cell in their body, with every rebellious thought in the their mind, and with every rebellious motivation in their heart, until the day of our Savior’s return. The denier of God will attempt to thwart our assurance of knowing with “philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Brethren, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:6-17)

Do not be foolish by ever ignoring what you know for certain, brothers and sisters. I urge you to remain firm, by resting in what you know.

1 Peter 5:8-9
“Be sober- minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

We know because God makes us know. We understand because God makes us understand…

1 John 5:20
“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. He is the true God and eternal life.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!