Many adults today participate in continuing education. They have a desire to learn and increase their knowledge in a particular field so they enroll in classes designed to teach this knowledge and its application.
Usually continuing education courses are an option that many adults take out of desire but in some fields continuing education is not an option. These types of courses are designed to update the students on changes and advances in various the fields. Teachers, manufacturers, service industries, professional employees, and many others take part in continuing education as a requirement for keeping their particular license. We can see the necessity of these classes even if we don’t see their importance.
When it comes to biblical continuing education it seems that some don’t realize its necessity and importance.
Jude wrote in verse 3, Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. The part of this verse that often gets overlooked is that Jude was diligent and found it necessary to write concerning salvation. Things tare things that they had heard before but Jude still wrote of them. Peter wrote, 12For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you (2 Peter 1:12-13). Peter was not negligent to remind and to stir them up by reminding them of the things that they already knew and were established in. Paul also added to this thought. In Philippians 3:1 he wrote, Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. It was not tedious for Paul to write the same things.
This is the continuing education that is offered to us from the word of God. We are to study to show ourselves approved, 2 Timothy 2:15. We are to meditate on the things that are true, noble, etc., Philippians 4:8-9. We are to continue in those things that make us wise for salvation, 2 Timothy 3:14-15. We are to learn from the examples found in the Old Testament that we might have hope, Roman 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11.
So, what kind of continuing education are you giving yourself over to? Is it in order to maintain your certification or is to make you wise for salvation?
Which one is eternal and which one is fading away?
By Chip Foster
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