“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge” Romans 10:2
Zeal for God here means passionate devotion or dedication in the things pertaining to God, or in the things of religion. In this they were, doubtless, many of them sincere; but sincerity does not of itself constitute true religiousness, devoutness to God or godliness. However the zeal that is accepted does not aim primarily to establish a system of self-righteousness, authority and custodian of truth, as did the Jew, or to build up our own sect, as many others do. Though they do it with passion, fervor or fanaticism but most times we find out that it is done without knowledge. Such with zeal and no knowledge observes rites and ceremonies, but they do not consider the object and end of those rites; and IGNORANTLY without knowledge pursues ardently works of God without knowledge of the PRESENT truth.
The Jews had zeal for the ceremonies, rites and rituals of the law. They tithed mint, anise, and cumin; they were meticulous about Sabbath laws, about washing of hands before eating, postures of prayer and the shape of garments. Their zeal was not divinely enlightened but sensual. They were going about to establish their own righteousness. They were proud of their status and incomplete or inaccurate knowledge. Submission unto the righteousness of God is possible only to those who have Christian humility and willingness to connect with the heartbeat of God.
Zeal without knowledge is not an enlightened, discerning, and intelligent zeal. It is not what was founded on correct views of God and of religious truth. Such zeal is sensual without the Spirit, and often becomes persecuting. In the same token knowledge without zeal becomes cold, abstract, calculating, and formal; and may be possessed by devils as well as human beings.
It is the union of the two [zeal plus knowledge] that births forth prosperously according to God’s will. The action of the man called forth to intense effort [zeal] by just views of truth [knowledge] and by right feeling is what constitutes true religion. This was the zeal of the Savior Jesus Christ and of the Apostles. We must not apply religious rights and duties, mere earnestness and mere sincerity that will not avail but WE MUST come to the knowledge of the truth to do godly works in this season.
The Greek word for the word “knowledge” used here is the word “epignosis” and it means recognition and the acknowledgement of the truth; and true and full discernment, judgment and selectivity by the Spirit. Such knowledge only come when one have set aside how we used to do things and contact with the NEW [“dhabar” – present truth being revealed], having revelation knowledge and wisdom so that enlightenment can come to navigate how to apply the zeal in order to birth forth the mindset of God for that particular process and work of God. Christ is the knowledge of God and the one seeking this kind of knowledge must have deep communion with the knowledge that he is seeking. He must rid self of old mentality and imbibe knowledge that positively influences and changes one’s mindset and give fuller understanding of the Way, the Truth and the true Life. Such knowledge link us with the “agapao” love of God and allow us to know the unending length that God willingly went to cause us to mature and grow spiritually.
Invariably there must be a crossing over to Christ who is the end of the LAW that was once being pursued so that we can link with Him who is righteousness personified and we can contact with the RIGHT and living way of serving God in the acceptable way.
True knowledge come as we read, study, meditate and do the word of God, in line with deep communion “kononia” with the Spirit of God and loving God wholeheartedly which will LINK a man up with Christ the Redeemer who was manifested to demystify knowledge, release wisdom and revelation knowledge, release oracle, and to supply “the impossible of the Law,” [Rom. 8:3] by giving Himself to the believer through His Spirit that teaches us all things and bring it to our remembrance [John 14:26].
The knowledge that the Holy Spirit reveals will help us to KNOW those things that are FREELY given to us and by godly zeal we shall be able to fulfil kingdom mandate. This knowledge floods you with light until it positively affect your life by revelation of truth that sets you free from low life mentality and lopsided knowledge. Such revealed high level knowledge imparts and releases divine energies that brings positive changes and influences the affairs of men.
It is the amount of revelation received that determines the faith developed, kind of life you now live and brings you into participating in the fullness that God releases. You will not lack anything profitable, of full comprehension and you will have manifestation of what such knowledge supposed to release. Then you as knower is united with the knowledge and grace of that knowledge is released unto you!
Add to your godly zeal knowledge of Him that called us to glory and virtue!