“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
You see the perfection of the Apostle’s method. In verse 8 he has dealt with the realm of thought. Ah, but the Apostle knows the subtle danger that is always confronting us . . .
the danger of being content with theoretical knowledge,
the danger of being satisfied with doctrine only,
the danger of failing to put into practice, that which we know.
You can be a great student even of the Bible–and live a life that is utterly contrary to it!
It is the masterpiece of Satan to make us put theory and practice into separate watertight compartments–to make men so interested in the Book, that they forget to apply its teaching. “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me,” says Paul, “do“(put into practice)–Martyn Lloyd Jones
“If you know these things happy are ye if ye DO them.” John 13:17
“It is not the knowing, nor the talking, nor the reading man, but the doing man–who at last will be found the happiest man!” Thomas Watson