“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”
through the knowledge of Him
Christ is the source of knowledge mentioned in verse two. God the Father is the source of life and godliness in verse three. To know Christ is to know God; to know God is to know Christ. We can use God’s power for life and godliness when we know His power.
Source is the point of emphasis. By means of God’s knowledge, we come to understand all things that pertain to life and godliness. This makes our knowledge firm and solid. We find out what God has provided for us as we read and study our Bible. The better we know our Bible, the better we know God.
This word for “knowledge” is different from the normal word for knowledge. There is a prefix in front of this word, making it an intense term – “full-knowledge.” This is more than ordinary knowledge. It is a full-orbed knowledge of God (Co 1:10).
The better we know God’s Word, the better able we are to apply God’s principles for us.
The better we know God, the better we are to appropriate all operating assets God has put at our disposal. What good is an asset if we do not use it? What good is my computer if I do not use it? What good are the provisions of God if we do not use them?
God catalogs all our assets in the Word of God. The child of God is supposed to read and study the Word so that he may use it efficiently. The better we know the manual, the better we can use the equipment. Where do you start? Too bad babies do not come with a manual!
We should know God better this year than we did last year. Our spiritual development should be further along than it was last year. Are you going forward or falling behind in your Christian walk? Are your spiritual wheels spinning without any progress?
Go forward, get ahead in your Christian walk. Just because you fall down, do not let that stop you. Don’t stay there, get up. Don’t let time go by without confessing your sin. Deal with it immediately and move on.
If we do not confess sin immediately, we may develop attitude sins such as resentment and bitterness. If we do, we may fill our minds with self-pity. Then we will blame others. We will not be honest with ourselves. We will operate with a hurt orientation whereby everyone and everything hurts us. God may put us on the shelf with this. When we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, there will be no doubt that the problem lies with us.
Have you lost your spiritual resiliency? Are your spiritual reflexes as quick as they should be? It obtains in God’s economy that we deal with sin quickly. We need to keep short accounts with God.
Is this stocktaking time for you? What is your spiritual inventory? Do you ever say, “Lord, I have been bitter toward….? I have been mean toward…. What is the matter with me? Why am I so ornery? Why am I so irritable? Why am I wretched? God, I’m ready to blame everyone and anyone. I fell like biting their heads off. What is eating me, Lord?”