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Knowledge Of Jesus Christ


kjv@2Peter:1:2 @ Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

I would like to take a brief look outside of our selected text in kjv@2Peter:1 for a moment to examine a most crucial "like precious" faith issue that will have to be carried forward through to our eventual ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith. The reason for this will become quite clear.

There is deliberate mention multiple times by Peter in this chapter of EpignosisKnowledge :

Quoted resource: strongs 'G1922'

G1922 @ ἐπίγνωσις epignōsis ip-ig'-no-sis From G1921; recognition that is (by implication) full discernment acknowledgement: - (ac-) knowledge (-ing -ment).


It is important then for us to begin to consider just where this EpignosisKnowledge eminates and what it is in. Let's begin with the recognition of who Christ is.

Contextual Aspects

Note: There are a great many more scriptural resources available that focus on who Jesus Christ is and what the presence of Christ should mean to us. It is important to not only become acquainted with these scriptures but to get to know Christ intimately through the Holy Spirit's instruction of them. This to the purpose of being able to fully acknowledge Him for all that HE is.

The Character of Christ

(see: Topical Study TorreyChristCharacter or slidy:TorreyChristCharacter )


Christ is God

(see: Topical Study TorreyChristIsGod or slidy:TorreyChristIsGod )


Doctrinal Context - Reverence

(see: Topical Study TorreyFearGodly or slidy:TorreyFearGodly )


Practical Aspects

If all the different worldly notions of who Jesus is were lined up against the wall like at the suspect identification room at the police station would you be able to recognize with certainty which Jesus the real Jesus is? Would you be able to acknowledge to the jury in a court of law beyond a shadow of a doubt that yes this is the man whom saved my life? That is part of the idea I sense being translated as knowledge in English of the Greek word epignosis.

One eyewitness might only be able to partially recognize and acknowledge Jesus guessing by the descriptions others had testified of. Another eyewitness would only be able to partially recognize Him by whom they imagined/wanted Him to be. Some though would fully recognize and acknowledge Him because they had spent much of their life time working closely with and for Him. Do you see the difference of meaning from just plain gnosis? The key perhaps is to have received Him as He truly is (as He has revealed Himself - not as we have imagined) for all that He is, and that over a period of time and trial to have known intimately. The key being to know Him in this revealed fullness personally not just by proxy from a distance.

You would think that someone as big as the Lord of lords/King of kings would be easy to spot. Remember though that even the Pharisees (the most devoted and zealous of their time) had plenty of opportunity to do so, but did not. Religious expectations and ambitions can be most blinding. It took the Holy Spirit to reveal who Jesus was before Peter actually fully knew.

In a sense, even the most knowledgeable knower's of Jesus gravitate heavily towards who Jesus was in gospel form in the flesh. Perhaps more revealing however is the current Jesus who having been that and achieved all that now sits at the right hand throne of God as pictured in Revelations like stance. This is the Jesus "like precious" believers need better to know by full recognition/acknowledgment and it is His proven perfect discernment that they need to incorporate into their lives.

In similitude to the manner that we have already begun to practice considering each topic, let us now consider the weight of such scriptural evidence upon the workings of our "like precious" faith.

SimonPeter - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon any regenerated man such as Peter? How different would his present life and situation become as well as his future hopes? What effect would this knowledge and acknowledgement have over a man like Peter as he came to share and acknowledge all this to others in need?

ServantApostleOf - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have on what/who any such man/woman would be serving and be called to do?

FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman would see as righteous and necessary and obedient?

GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman would be brought to concerning his/her own peace with God or with man or with his/her/our own self?

DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman as far as what he/she would be more receiving of and from where he/she would be receiving it?

CalledToGloryVirtue - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman would see and hope for as his/her/our future outcome?

ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman as his/her/our source and direction and ability?

EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman as they were attempting to approach their own corrupted difficulties and tendencies and traits as well as those of others?

You can see that there is a radical change of spiritual direction involved in the EpignosisKnowledge in/of Christ that Peter is pointing us toward; stuff that we likely know a bit about, but a negligent bringing to remembrance when it comes to the applications of faith into our daily lives. It is a direction that we will want to continue following on our path towards making fruitful ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith.


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