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REFINEMENTS OF CHRISTIAN VIRTUE: KNOWLEDGE - 2
†(2Pe 1:5 from vss. 3-10)††† 8-12
Grace Bible Church, Gillette, Wyoming
Pastor Daryl Hilbert
I.†††† ADD MORAL EXCELLENCE
II.††† ADD KNOWLEDGE
A.††† The Explanation of Knowledge (gnōsis)
B.††† The Means of Knowledge for the Believer
1.†††† It is Through the Illumination of the Holy Spirit
2.†††† It is by the Inspired Word of God
C.††† True Knowledge is Based on the Knowledge of God
1.†††† In reference to the knowledge that God Himself possess, it is defined as ďomniscienceĒ (all knowing). God alone possesses all knowledge of everything infinitely and perfectly. God knows every possibility, actual or imagined, and every possible outcome along with its ramifications (Job21:22; Pro 3:20; Psa 139:1-6; Isa 46:9-10). God knows all things completely, equally, and eternally, never forgetting or needing to increase in any form or sense of knowledge. Godís thoughts and ways are based upon His virtuous knowledge and omniscience. Man is limited in his knowledge by his finiteness and depravity. Therefore man must seeks knowledge from God and learn the knowledge of (about) God.
2.†††† In reference to knowledge of (about) God, this knowledge is gained through the understanding of the outworking of Godís glory, attributes, character, knowledge, thoughts, and ways (Isa 55:8-9; 2Co 4:6).
3.†††† The knowledge of God gives the believer understanding of how to live life before God (Pro 9:10).
4.†††† Knowledge and all its treasures are found only in Christ (Col 2:3 cp. Isa 11:2). All knowledge necessary for man is found in Christ who is the exact representation of God and His knowledge, wisdom, thoughts, applications, ways, and methods (Col 1:15; Heb 1:3).
5.†††† True knowledge cannot oppose or contradict the knowledge of God and becomes a litmus test for detecting the difference between Godís knowledge and manís (2Co 10:5).
D.††† Knowledge, which is based on the knowledge of God, leads to growth and maturity.
1.†††† The believer bears fruit as he walks and increases in the knowledge of God. As the believer walks according to the knowledge of God in His Word, He understands how to please God and live in virtuous knowledge (Col 1:10).
2.†††† The believer grows in grace as he grows in the knowledge of God. Since the believer is limited in his knowledge because of his finiteness and depravity, he must grow in his knowledge of God. In this way he can grow in the grace of God (2Pe 3:18).
3.†††† The believerís new nature is renewed as his knowledge of God increases. The believer is only able to live out the practical virtuous knowledge of God because he has been regenerated and given a new nature (Col 3:10; 2Pe 1:2-3).
4.†††† The believer grows in maturity as he grows in the knowledge of God. The goal for the believer is maturity by growing in the knowledge of the Son of God and emulating Christ (Eph 4:13).
E.††† Knowledge is concerned with the discernment and application to every aspect of life.
1.†††† Without the knowledge of God and His Word, men come to ruin (Hos 4:6).
2.†††† Knowledge equips the believer with understanding of the Godís principles for every aspect of practical life (Pro 2:9-20).
3.†††† The believerís thoughts and speech should be based on the knowledge of God and His principles (Mal 2:7).
4.†††† Knowledge gives the believer prudence and foresight into life and its dangers (Pro 13:16; 22:3; 27:12).
F.†††† OBSERVATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
1.†††† Salvation begins with the saving knowledge of Christ .
a)††† The beginning and highest knowledge is saving knowledge of Christ (Phil 3:8).
b)††† There is no spiritual knowledge outside of the knowledge of God (Pro 30:2-4; Jer 10:14)
c)†††† The beginning of knowledge is the reverential trust in the Lord (Pro 1:7; Pro 2:5).
2.†††† Pursue and grow in the virtuous and practical knowledge of God in Christ found in His Word (2Pe 1:2-4; 2Co 2:14).
3.†††† Beware of having knowledge and not applying it (1Sa 2:3; 2Chr 1:10).
a)††† Apply Godís knowledge and principles in His Word to every decision we make.
b)††† Apply Godís knowledge and principles in His Word to every action we take.
4.†††† Beware of false and mystical knowledge (Rom 10:2; 1Ti 6:20; 2Ti 2:25; 3:7). Use Godís knowledge in His Word as the only litmus test for life and godliness (2Co 10:5).