Beyond An Awareness – Pastor Chris
Thursday, January 26, 2017
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13).
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In our opening Scripture, the Apostle John writes to believers; those who’re already in Christ; who already believe in God. He wasn’t writing to non-Christians. He says to them, “I want you to know that you have eternal life.” The word “know” is translated from the Greek “Eido,” which means to notice, observe, or become aware; it’s knowledge with awareness.
There’re three other major words in the Greek language for knowledge, although the English language uses the word “know” or “knowledge” to classify all of them. However, they’re not all the same; they mean different things. These three Greek words are, “Ginosko,” “Gnosis,” and “Epignosis.” Ginosko is revelation knowledge. For example, Ephesians 3:19 says, “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge….” “Know” in the foregoing scripture is Ginosko, while “knowledge” is “Gnosis.” “Gnosis is scientific knowledge; knowledge gained by mental activity.
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The third and highest kind of knowledge is “Epignosis.” This kind of knowledge brings the knower into a relationship with that which is known, and that’s the one that really changes your life. Imagine that someone told you that you have a gift coming to you. When it arrives and you get acquainted with it, that’s “Ginosko.” When you unwrap the gift and become aware of what it is, that’s “Eido,” because you’ve now made the observation, but you haven’t started relating with it. When you take out the gift and start relating with it, using and enjoying it as it were, you’re into a relationship with the gift; that’s “Epignosis.”
So, in Christianity, it’s not enough to be merely aware that you’re a Christian and you have eternal life. That knowledge should be a vital reality in your spirit; something you relate with, live in, and enjoy in the now! That knowledge should be a vital force that controls your thinking and actions. This is where meditating on the Word is vital; it brings you into that consciousness and oneness with the truth that you know in the Word. Hallelujah!
I’m a member of the body of Christ, of His flesh, and of His bones. The eternal life of God is at work in every fibre of my being, every bone of my body, and every cell of my blood. I’m consciously aware of, and relate with the knowledge that Christ is in me; therefore, I’m unshakable and indestructible. My life is a manifestation of the glory and nature of Christ. Blessed be God!
FURTHER STUDY: Hosea 4:6 2 Peter 1:2-4
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 18:15-35 Exodus 10-12
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 10:1-11 Genesis 26
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