Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"I Know that you acted through ignorance" (Acts 3:17).

According to the dictionary, ignorance is the absence of knowing, and according to the etymology of the word [agnoia, not to perceive], it is lack of perception by the mind. In its original biblical context, it describes anyone who is not born again. Ignorance has the effect of casting a shadow over the soul, hardening the heart (Ephesians 4:18), and leading it to give in to worldly desires (1 Peter 1:14).

The Apostle Peter witnesses to the only remedy capable of successfully fighting this condition: repentance and conversion, so that the soul may be refreshed by the Lord (Acts 3:19-20). Ignorance estranges us from the things of God, but new birth leads us to the knowledge of the Kingdom of God.