The Greek language has at least 2 words for knowledge or know . Gnosis & epignosis.
Gnosis means experiential knowledge. There has been some contact with a person or an organization. We know a little bit about them by experience. We have opinions & beliefs based on those experiences. Future relationship depends on the nature of those contacts.
I gnosis my dentist . It has been a very positive experience but I can’t say it is a deep, personal relationship.
Epignosis means deep relational knowledge. After 46 years of marriage, 3 children & 4 grandchildren we have epignosis . We have a deep relational knowledge.
The same is true with God. We may have lots of knowledge about & some experiences of Him (gnosis) . How do we get to really know God ? How do we deepen the relationship? How do we epignosis Him?
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him; that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death,in the hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while in the body. (Phil. 3:9-11 AMP)
Moving From Gnosis to Epignosis
How do we develop a deep relational knowledge of God? How do we use our current experience of & beliefs about God & move to a deeper level. ?
Belief is accepting something as true. It implies feeling sure of the truth of , believing something of someone, believing that someone is capable of a particular action. Belief is the launch pad to trust
Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth or ability, strength of someone or something. Trust is acting on that belief.
Belief & Trust
Gnosis & Epignosis
Don’t worry about anything;
Pray about everything.
Tell God what you need.
Thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace,
Peace which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your heart.
His peace will guard your mind.
As you live in Christ Jesus.
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