Monday, December 19, 2011

"Epignosis" The Highest Kind Of Knowledge!

...That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge(Epignosis) of him (Ephesians 1:17).

When you receive Christ into your life and the Holy Spirit takes up His abode in you, you're brought into a new kind of knowledge, which has nothing to do with your intellect. The revelation knowledge of God's Word unveiled to you. Things the human mind can't easily perceive, for instance, the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus are unveiled to your spirit. The Greek word for this kind of knowledge is "ginosko"; it's revelation knowledge.

After that, you're brought into awareness, a different kind of knowledge that shows you all the wonderful blessings God has deposited in your life. It's like when you enter a dark room and the lights are turned on, you become aware of all the things in the room. This is another form of revelation which in Greek is called "aido" knowledge. It means knowledge with awareness.

It is not enough, however, to be merely aware of all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed on you. You have to start enjoying or living in those blessings! You have to participate  in your awareness. This is where another kind of knowledge, which in Greek is called "epignosis" comes into play. "Epignosis" is knowledge with participation; it's revelation knowledge that comes to you full through your participation in that knowledge. Through "epignosis" you understand how to apply the knowledge you have received, and the power behind that revelation. It's the highest kind of revelation knowledge, and it comes to you through meditation.

Functioning with "epignosis" will bring you to the realm where you operate in the fullness of God, and that's the will of God for you: "...that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God"(Ephesians 3:19). No wonder the Apostle Paul prayed in Colossians 1:9 for God's children to be initiated into this kind of knowledge: "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge  (epignosis) of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;"

Dear Father, thank you for granting me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you. You've initiated me into the specialized knowledge that enables me to function in your fullness. Thank you for granting me the epignosis of your will, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Rhapsody of Realities -- June 29, 2008