I want Christ, not simply knowledge about him…

     “Things that are intended to be the means of this pursuit instead becomes the ends. For example, the goal of understanding the truths of the gospel is to have a deeper relationship with Christ. But when theological knowledge becomes the goal, Christ is displaced.”


–       Paul Tripp, How People Change, p. 13



About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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3 Responses to I want Christ, not simply knowledge about him…

  1. Santos Berrios says:

    I agree that some may have lots of theological knowledge and not have a meaningful relationship with Christ. However, I don’t know a lot of people whose main problem is too much study.

    Quite the contrary, there is a greater danger these days: the idea that you can dismiss the study of the Bible and theology and still be able to have a real relationship with Christ.

    No one ever had a real relationship with a stranger. The study of theology and the Bible is the best way to know Christ.

  2. pjtibayan says:

    I agree with your point Santos, but I think you missed the point of Paul Tripp’s statement. He’s saying that if theological knowledge is the goal and not Christ himself, it’s like falling in love with the facts about my King and not the King himself.

  3. Santos Berrios says:

    With all due respect I think you missed my point. What I’m trying to say is that dwelling in this issue (i.e. let’s not make theological knowledge the goal) is a concern for only a small group of people and we risk sending the wrong message to the vast majority which should be spending more time in study with their bibles. How many do you think would read Tripp’s statement and (falsely) conclude that by studying theology they risk losing Christ?

    My issue is not with the content of the statement but with the misplaced emphasis given the spirit of anti-intellectualism that is pervasive in our culture.

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