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 the Lord Jesus. He lists some factors responsible for this progressive growth, which include ‘knowledge’. He uses the word ‘knowledge’ twice, first in verse 3 and then in verse 5. Even though they are spelled 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 is gained from a given 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; you must progress from that point to know Him exponentially. You must have an experience with the reality of God.
Prayer: Oh Lord, I want to have an experience with your reality!
Confession: I have an experience with the reality of God.