Sin brings death to the soul of man, But the knowledge of God brings light and life to our very being! “For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”.(Psalm 56:13).
The wicked walk on a path of darkness and they stumble for not knowing righteousness, but the path of the just will shine brighter and brighter the closer we get to the day the Lord returns. “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men, Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble”.(Proverbs 4:14-19).
God does not want his children to be ignorant and actually says so as he tells us in his word that in the last days people will be scoffers and will be more focused on themselves than on him. “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”.(2 Peter 3:3-8).
We can acquire knowledge galore of this life, but when we open the scriptures and learn the wisdom of God then this is knowledge that can save us from death if we retain it and apply it to our lives! It is written without the true wisdom of God his people will perish. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”.(Hosea 4:6).
Christ was sent to save us from our sin through repentance, but if we do not regard his knowledge we will dwell in darkness and bring condemnation upon ourselves. What a beautiful gift our heavenly Father has sent us because of the Love he has for his people! “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God“.