Ignorant, by definition means to be unlearned or not to have knowledge of something. The great apostle of the scriptures uses this word in the sense of not wanting those of his charge to know the truth of the matter. Case and point would be his desire for us to know and not be ignorant concerning the coming of the Lord. I Thessalonians 4:13 begins, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren.” The apostle does not want his readers to be ignorant or uninformed about that which is going to happen; the rapture of the church or the soon coming of the Lord.

The apostle uses the word “ignorant” ten times in his writings; nine times in a positive nature and once in the negative in that if a person chooses to be ignorant, let him be ignorant. In this he is not advising or encouraging ignorance, but that it is better not to enter into debate with that person.

Paul uses this word to inform his readers of his intentions. He uses it to show that men are ignorant of God’s righteousness and that Israel is ignorant of God’s purpose in the dispensation of grace. He uses it to teach us that the Old Testament teachings are important to our understanding the New Testament. He as well does not want us to be uninformed about spiritual gifts for the believer or that he is not exempt from tribulation and difficulties of the flesh. He does not want us to be uninformed of Satan’s devices. He also would have us to be compassionate toward those that are ignorant and do what we can to help them because we were at one time ignorant.

The apostle wants his readers to be informed of Satan’s devices; meaning, his purposes or his schemes. Satan does not want you to know or to learn the truth of the Word of God. He wants you to be deceived into believing that sin and wickedness is excusable. He is a liar and the father of lies and deceit and wants us to be ignorant.

Be not ignorant my Baptist brethren. Inform yourself of that which would bring honor and praise to our Lord and the blessings of God for you and yours.