His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
It is through our knowledge of Him that He has given us all we need for a godly life.
2 thoughts on the matter:
This Knowledge Comes as a Part of His Divine Power
Verses like these remind me logic puzzles. This, then this. But never written in order. So, simplified, Peter says:
- Everything we need for a godly life we have through our knowledge of God.
- We have that knowledge of God because His divine power has given it to us.
That we, in our insufficiency, have all that we need to live godly, glorifying lives, is absurd. But the ridiculous statement is true. Because He is that gracious to us. Because He is that loving.
He wants us to know Him. He draws us into knowing Him. God has made Himself knowable to little old us. For example, He gave us the Holy Spirit, sent Christ to become man, and provided His Word . And in so doing, He equips us with all that we need and shows us that He himself truly is all that we need.
This is Contact-Knowledge
The word for knowledge here is “epignósis.”
Greek to you? Yeah, me too. Here’s what Biblos says:
“ (from…epí, “on, fitting” which intensifies…gnṓsis,
“knowledge gained through first-hand relationship.”)
that is appropriate (“apt, fitting”) to first-hand, experiential knowing.”
What we need for a godly life is not just academic knowledge of Scripture and theology. Thoughts, and even beliefs, are not what wholly equip us.
Personally knowing God, a gift in itself, is what equips us to glorify Him.
Do you personally know Christ as your Savior? (Click here to learn more if you don’t.)
And, if you do, do you know Him today, too? Do you speak to Him, do you listen to Him? Do you spend time with Him?
As the definition suggests…are you in first-hand contact with your Lord and Savior?
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