No relationship involves perfect knowledge – not even the best marriages. Our faith is grounded in Jesus and not a perfect interpretation of Scripture. God works in His family to respond to Him by what we know and not what we don’t know.

1 John 1:7 states, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

The word “walk” describes the effect of sanctification: God’s truth working in us to set us apart for our intended use and proper function. To “walk in the light” is to walk in what has been revealed to us from Scripture and His Spirit.

Jesus prayed in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.” “Sanctify” means “purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy.”

We cannot sanctify ourselves. Only God sanctifies. The Father sanctifies (1 Cor. 1:30) by the Spirit (2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2) and in the name of Jesus (1 Cor. 6:11).

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"With promises like these, and because of our deepest respect and worship of God, we must remove everything from our lives that contaminates body and spirit, and continue to complete the development of holiness within us” (2 Cor. 7:1).

Our salvation is not based on gaining perfect knowledge or our knowing everything. That is impossible on this side of heaven. “We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled” (1 Cor. 13:9-10).

The accumulation of knowledge without love puffs us up and makes us arrogant, but love builds up (1 Cor. 8:1). We are to walk in the light and also walk in love (Eph. 5:2).

1 Cor. 8:3 states, “If a person passionately loves God, he will possess the knowledge of God.” Perfect knowledge is knowing God and allowing His Spirit to lead on (Rom. 8:14).

We get to make progress in maturing to be more like Him. Perfect knowledge is the ongoing process of always doing all we know to do.

“But the path of the just is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until it reaches its full strength and glory in the perfect day to be prepared” (Prov. 4:18). Shine!

Pastor Andy Spurlin serves at Restoration Christian Church in Park Rapids.