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2 Peter 1:2
2 Grace [charis] and [kai] peace [eirene] be
multiplied [plethuno] unto you [humin] through [en] the knowledge [epignosis] of God [theos], and [kai] of Jesus [Iesous] our [hemon] Lord [kurios], KJV-Interlinear
2 Grace and peace be multiplied
to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;NASB
Knowledge is the mere
accumulation of detailed information from life.The word for knowledge used here is epignosis, as opposed to gnosis,
which indicates that mere accumulation of facts.
the mastery of knowledge, not the mere hearing, and is an indication of deep
understanding and possession of information, such that one possesses an active
and practical use or application of the information. We call this possession or
mastery - wisdom.
Grace and peace, are
the benefits of a relationship with God.They come only through the accumulation of thorough knowledge and
understanding of Bible doctrine.
Grace is the policy of
God to you, and peace is representative of the ultimate advancement to
spiritual maturity, the goal or completion, of your spiritual life.
To be multiplied, means
to receive an abundance, and abundance means having or receiving more than you could
ever possibly want or use in an infinite number of lifetimes.Infinite represents eternity of course.
So abundance, or
multiplied, represents a huge volume of blessing, beyond imagination.
Grace comes in three
forms.The first is common grace, which
applies to everyone in the human race in which everyone is benefited through a
common source.Air, and water, and
economies and such are examples of common grace.They apply to everyone regardless of whether
or not they are saved.
Salvation grace applies
to believers only, and represents the benefits of faith in Christ.You are saved and the second death of the
Lake of Fire is now cancelled. Heaven is
your destiny, and eternal life with God.
Greater grace belongs
to mature believers only.We studied
this in James.Greater grace, represents
the abundant blessings of spiritual maturity, and are in view here. Many of the Parables of Christ, refer to this
principle of greater blessings for those who are obedient to Gods principles
and mandates to the point of spiritual maturity.
Peace is the actual
attainment of your spiritual maturity status.It is the state of the completion of your soul.
When you were born into
this world, your soul was an empty vessel, containing human life and not much
more.As you grew up, you learned
through experiences, and academics. And when you believed in Christ, Bible doctrine
became available to you through your spiritual life.
Your spiritual life is
the other and greater component of your life. By advancing in your spiritual
life, through a daily study, through daily learning, through daily spiritual
exercise, your life advances toward completion.
In this world you can
accumulate things, which are external to you.Things like cars, real estate, wealth - things.But these things are not a part of your inner
life, but external to your life.They
are temporary and sooner or later, will be lost to you, in history.
However, doctrine in
your soul, has a supernatural way of making your blessings, which God gives to
you, an integral part of your soul, such that you actually possess them as a
part of your being.
This completion of soul
belongs to the soul only and comes from doctrine only, and from no other
No amount of academic
or world experiences can duplicate this characteristic of your life.It comes to you only one way, which is
through advancement in your spiritual life.
This means that if you
are to qualify for the maximum grace and peace in your life, you have to one
day, decide to commit yourself to obedience to Gods Word, and stop trying to
get by with less than complete obedience.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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