"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. Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."
As I read these two verses, I am just blessed by the truth that God has given us everything we need to live a godly life. Everything we need is found through our knowledge of God. This word translated as knowledge is interesting to me because it is the word epignōsis in Greek. For the last seven weeks as I studied the book of Colossians, I have kept the idea that the church was struggling with Gnosticism trying the etch its way in. Gnosis means knowledge, and the idea of Gnosticism was that there was a higher knowledge that each person was to attain in order to find salvation. This word, epignōsis, means to have a correct or precise knowledge. According to BlueLetterBible.com, this word was used in New Testament writings to refer to knowledge of ethical and divine things (see footnote 1).
It is not a higher knowledge that we are to be striving for, it is a correct knowledge of God that we need. This knowledge of God is given to us by Him so that we can live a godly life. We also see that it is through His glory and goodness that we have been given wonderful promises; promises that we get to share in the divine nature rather than in our sinful nature. Promises that tell us that it is through Christ that we are forgiven of all sin and are clean. We are no longer under the command of our desires - we are under Christ's authority; the authority that grants us freedom.
This is good knowledge; life changing knowledge. Oh, how I pray that I continue to grow in the correct knowledge of my Creator!
This post is linked with Spiritual Sundays.