2 Peter 1:2-3 (KJV)
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
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:
The concept of knowledge, in one form or the other, is a focal subject of this chapter.
Thayer says that the sort of knowledge addressed in these two verses is that of things ethical and divine.
John Gill writes of this knowledge, “…to be understood, not of a natural, but of a spiritual and evangelical knowledge; of a knowledge of God, not as the God of nature and providence, but as the God of all grace, as in Christ, and a covenant God in him, and of the person, offices, and grace of Christ; and which designs true faith in him.”
Robertson’s Word Pictures defines this as “full knowledge” and places it in contrast with the Gnostics of that day – heretics whose system of belief held that only those with a special knowledge could be saved. Rather than being a mystical knowledge released from within through meditation (think Eastern Mysticism) the knowledge that multiplies grace and peace; the knowledge that provides access to all things that pertain unto life and godliness is found in a relationship with God through Jesus.
We do not find grace and peace, life and godliness through unlocking some spiritual thing within us. We obtain them through a fuller and complete fellowship with God.
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