Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Isaiah 28:9-10 KJV
The babes in Christ are full of zeal for the Lord. The joy of salvation is fresh in their hearts that they are enthusiastically saying “here I am Lord, send me”.
Here are somethings the bible says about knowledge (of course, all of Proverbs including):
Hosea 4:6 – 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.
Isaiah 56:10 – Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.
Romans 10:2,3 – For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
PROVERBS 5:23 AMP- He will die for lack of instruction (discipline), And in the greatness of his foolishness he will go astray and be lost.
Obviously there are grave consequences for the lack of knowledge.
How to get about it?
My own experience was a constant thought which propelled me to withdraw from others, pray and read the Word. The indwelling Holy Spirit of God is the perfect teacher.
How much time does a newly saved Christian spend on gaining knowledge and understanding before he goes out to evangelize or even to give his testimony?
I think we can all agree there is no time limit on this, but it is prudent for a person to read the Scriptures anew. A regenerated spirit will read with new eyes. The veil will be no more. The Holy Spirit will be the guiding light.
The Scriptures warn us against a novice (1Tim 3:6) and most of us have witnessed the prideful testimonies on the public platform which have unfortunately ended in backsliding into sin. The public adoration and the many invitations to testify is a pressure on a soul that has not yet grown in grace and knowledge of Christ.
So rejoice for the zeal for Christ that we have received. This zeal is a very necessary attribute when we do go to war for the sake of Christ. But use that zeal and passion to gain wisdom and knowledge of the Word so that we are well equipped and not easily crushed when the false teachings hit us as soon as we step out.