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8 Keys to Godly Living-#3 Knowledge

8 Keys to a Godly Life-#3 Knowledge

2 Peter 1:2-4

Verse 2-Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of GOD, and of Jesus our Lord,

Verse 3-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:

Verse 4-Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (KJV).

May GOD give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of GOD and Jesus our Lord. By HIS divine power, GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (NLT).


Peter’s prayer is written, “To you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our GOD and Savior” (NLT). Verse 1.


This prayer is written to us. You and me. He prayed that grace and peace be multiplied to us in a world of confusion, pain, struggle, heartache, and the list can go on. He prayed for us to have unmerited favor; that GOD would smile upon us and treat us a little different from the rest of the world. He prayed that GOD would treat us special. Peter also prayed for us to have peace; that sense of calmness which comes from releasing burdens and somehow knowing that everything is going to be ok.


He goes on to say that GOD has given us everything we need to live a godly life. This means that everything we need to obey GOD is already inside of us. We need look no further. We know how to listen. We know how to obey. We know how to perceive right from wrong. We know this because we have come to know GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have come to know the things they like and don’t like; what pleases them and does not please them, and what makes them smile or bring them grief.


Peter reminds us that GOD has also bestowed great and precious promises upon us, and it is these promises that allow us to be godlike, to share GOD’s nature, and by doing so we can escape the traps of sin and lust caused by our own desires. If we are honest, we do what we know we should not because we want to. It feels good to us. It is that nature, the sin nature, the flesh nature, that living a godly life saves us from. The sin nature will get us killed. Living a godly life brings us eternal life. Even if we die, we live again. Oh, and we also have more blessings than we know how to handle in this life as well. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came that we may live the abundant life!

See, we are living a dual existence. One life we live is in this body of flesh, but the other life is lived through our spirit. Paul captured it best when he said in Romans 7:24, “Thank GOD! The answer is in Jesus Christ our LORD. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

Paul continues in Romans 8:1-2, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”


The power of the Holy Spirit has freed us from the power of sin. We just have to choose to let the Spirit lead us daily. We have to choose the divine nature over our human desires. It is the promised Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth, and one truth is that we can access the divine in us anytime we choose.


We are given eight keys to living a godly life. Eight keys that will help us to access the divine nature all of the time. Eight keys that will keep our minds stayed on Jesus and off of our human desires which lead to death, destruction, pain, and suffering. So, Peter continues...


Verse 5-And beside this giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (KJV).


Verse 5-In view of all this, make every effort to respond to GOD’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, (NLT).


Key 3-KNOWLEDGE

Greek word-gnosis/epignosis

Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-1108/1922

Meaning- gnosis = to have knowledge or understanding.

Epignosis = knowledge, understanding, insight.

Epignosis implies more focus. It is not a general knowledge, but a more specific and precise knowledge.


Look at the context of verses two and three where the word knowledge is translated epignosis. Peter says, “May GOD give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of GOD and Jesus our Lord.” Peter is saying as we grow in our specific and particular knowledge of GOD and Jesus, may GOD give us more peace and grace.


Verse 3- By HIS divine power, GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know HIM, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.


This is where we have an individual and intimate relationship with GOD. We know how to live a godly life because we know GOD and Jesus, who gave us the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us guiding us every step of the way.


It is in verse 5 that we encounter a different shade of meaning for the word knowledge. It is translated gnosis, meaning a general knowledge of something. In this case, along with faith and virtue, we are told to add the knowledge of living right, of living morally excellent, of living like we know GOD, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and how they want us to behave on this planet. It is the knowledge we have about life, living, this world, the Way of Jesus, morals, the golden rule, etc.


So, to bring it all together, the general knowledge (gnosis) helps us reconcile the precise knowledge (epignosis) we have of Jesus so that we are fruitful and effective. Our precise knowledge of GOD gives us grace, peace, and all things pertaining to life and godliness. This precise knowledge of Jesus also makes us fruitful and effective in our day to day living because through our intimate relationship with Jesus we know what to ask for in order to enable us to bear fruit that lasts.


John 15:16 says, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” We were chosen by Jesus to be fruitful and to bear fruit that lasts.


By telling us that GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life in verse three, Peter is implying that we should be living a life characterized by godliness. We are to look and act like Jesus. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit does that for us. There is nothing in me that looks like Jesus, BUT the Holy Spirit lol. My job is to do what I can do. My job is to simply make a choice; that choice is to live out these eight keys. If the bible says to do it, then we are well able.


So, let us utilize the knowledge we have been given, family. Let us do what we have been told to do, and pray in the name of Jesus for all that we need to bear fruit for GOD. If we feel we need more knowledge, let us read our scriptures, pray, and ask GOD to lead us to the knowledge that we need. The LORD will be sure to answer our call.


So, let us use that third key and unlock the door to living a godly life through knowledge.


WHY DO IT?


2 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

If we call ourselves believers or Christians, we should be believers or Christians. We should look and act like it; otherwise what is the point of choosing to live this lifestyle?


According to Peter, if we use these eight keys, we will have more than just head knowledge about Jesus. We will actually produce fruit that lasts. We are also reminded that if we do not exercise these eight keys, and live a productive and useful Christian life, we are acting like people who have not been cleansed of our old way of life; meaning, there is no difference between who we were before we were saved and who we became after. If there is not a noticeable difference between who you used to be and who you are after meeting Jesus, there is a problem. Peter says that this type of person is blind. They cannot see that they have been saved. He also calls them forgetful. They do not remember that the precious blood of Christ washed away their sins and allowed them to have a relationship with a holy GOD.


So, why do it?

· Growth and development as a person and believer

· Being a productive and useful person in the body of Christ

· To avoid being a Christian in name only, but actually living the life of a follower of Jesus



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