THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD HOLDS THE KEY TO ETERNAL LIFE
2 Peter 1:1-4 1881RV
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: V2 grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the "knowledge" of God, and of Jesus our Lord, V3 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: V4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; V2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; V3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; V4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; V5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
You can be "satisfied in Christ Jesus in this life" and in the life to come.
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. V3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Quote: "Knowledge Enables What We Can Be" End of quote. PWC.
From the PWC inaugural publication stating their marketing strategy for the 21st century. This company is the largest professional services company in the world with 135,000 employees and one of the biggest investors in technology.
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, V42 saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. V43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, V44 and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM:Intellectual understanding (study), personal experience (living), emotion (feelings), the Spirit of God and personal relationships (including intimate marital relationships, Ge. 4:1).
GOD'S KNOWLEDGE: God's knowledge is omniscient. A. He knows all things. Job 21:22; Ps. 139:1-18 B. His understanding is beyond measure. Ps. 147:5 C. He knows the thoughts of our minds and the secrets of our hearts. Ps. 44:21; 94:11 D. He knows past events. Ge. 30:22 E. He knows present happenings. Job 31:4 F. He knows future events. Zech. 13:1; Luke 1:33
God's knowledge indicates that "He is personally involved and takes a personal interest in man" and His creation. "He is not merely aware" as one would be standing afar off. Being aware of the great achievements of man in the world does not help us to achieve more. Being aware that their is a heaven to gain does not help us make heaven our home. We must be intimately involved with our objective to achieve it.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. V2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, V3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, V4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; V5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. V6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, V7"EVER LEARNING, AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH".
QUOTE: "KNOWLEDGE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A SOURCE OF POWER. WE ARE WITNESSES TO, AND A MAJOR PLAYER IN, THE TRANSFORMATION TO THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY IN THE 21ST CENTURY."End of quote. PWC.
One can stand by the sidelines and see others succeed, being satisfied with their tator chips and root beer. Or, one can study to show himself approved unto God a workman who needeth not be ashamed......
2 Chronicals 15:2
And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and "if" ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15
"Every man's work shall be made manifest:" for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. V14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. V15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Quote: "Knowledge applied gives us Understanding. When we learn right from wrong through applying Knowledge we then get Wisdom." End of quote. Strome.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. V8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. V9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. V10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. V11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. V12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. V13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. V23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: V:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth (AWARE ONLY) what manner of man he was. V25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Today in the Grace dispensation We Can All Know God And His Ways. We can know Him through the written word that has been kept for our admonition and by His Spirit that is given to all that ask.
John 16:13; 7:37-39
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. V38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. V39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
QUOTE: "Gone are the conventional views of knowledge. Knowledge is, and always will be, a source of power, but is no longer a treasure to be hoarded. In the emerging Knowledge Economy it confers greatest power when shared, it grows by circulating among those who need it. Knowledge is - and must be - ubiquitous. (that is, everywhere at the same time, omnipresent and omniscient and omnipotent. Jrs) What is known in PWC must be knowable across all our worlds, wherever the knowledge is needed. And it must be accessible at the precise point in time that it is needed. The value of our shared knowledge underpins our growth, both in revenue and in reputation. " End of quote. PWC. Using the word ubiquitous in their statement makes man sound like he is wanting to be like God? Does this sound familiar to you?
The Apostle Paul argued that knowledge in itself puffs up, but love with knowledge builds up others and God's kingdom. Pure love is synonymous with knowledge, that is, you cannot have true Agape Love without the knowledge of God. God is love.
1 Corinthians 13:2
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Hebrews 3:10; 4:1
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. V1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Quote: "Our success depends upon our ability to innovate, to continuously develop unique knowledge and expertise, and then embed it in our products and services. End of quote. PWC.
Given by the Holy Spirit.
Written by Dr. John M. Strome Th.D.,