Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3 & 5
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
Reflections: Peter submits to us an important progression we need to make in our fellowship with Jesus. He lists some variables responsible for this progressive growth which includes ‘knowledge’. He uses the word ‘Knowledge’ twice first in verse 3 and then in verse 5. Even though they are spelt the same, they are quite different in meaning from the Greek perspective. The first ‘knowledge’ translated from the Greek ‘epignosis’ means ‘recognition or acknowledgment’. This comes from information. The second ‘knowledge’ in the Greek is ‘gnosis’ and it signifies ‘an act’. It comes from experience. The implied progression from epignosis to gnosis is clear. You must not remain at the level of knowing God from the pages of the Bible, books and sermons but you must progress from that point to knowing Him experientially (having an encounter with Him). Once you gain this progression, you can classify yourself as also having become a type of ‘an eye witness of His majesty’ like the Apostles did (2 Peter 1:16).
Prayer: Dear Lord, please move me from knowing you from the pages of the Bible to having an experience with your reality.
Confession: I know God experientially, besides my Bible knowledge about Him.