Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Peter the stone and epiginōskō

I'm back in the epistle of Peter. 

Isn't it just awesome how this rock-hard man (who's name means rock) was transformed by the kindness and love and grace of Jesus.

Tough man

Peter was this tough fisherman who stood unmoved in the law. He didn't hesitate to do his own works. 

On the mount of transfiguration it was Peter who immediately wanted build dwellings for Moses (the law) and Elijah (the prophets). He thought them worthy of that honour. 

But Abba Himself intervened and said This is My Beloved Son. HEAR HIM.

It was Peter who took matters into his own hands drawing a sword when the law-preachers and soldiers wanted to arrest Jesus.

Transformation comes to the toughest of the tough

This man, Peter, was transformed by walking with Jesus, but even the more so when he received His Spirit of Grace on Pentecost day. The very next day he preached to 3000 and led them to Jesus. Ultimately he got to know Grace (Jesus) to the extent that he declared Jesus openly whilst being filled with the Holy Spirit. Look at what he says.

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

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 2Pe 1:2-3

There is revelation knowledge in Grace

The word that Peter uses for knowledge comes from the Greek base word epiginōskō meaning:

  • to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know thoroughly
  • to know accurately, know well
  • to know
  • to recognise
  • by sight, hearing, of certain signs, to perceive who a person is
  • to know, i.e. to perceive
  • to know, i.e. to find out, ascertain
  • to know, i.e. to understand

There is intimacy in Grace

This is marriage-talk!

It is relationship-talk to the ultimate!

It is heart-talk

It is intimacy-talk!

It is understanding Jesus as you personal Saviour!

It is understanding Jesus as you personal Lover!

Looking at these verses again. We can only agree that Peter became thoroughly acquainted with Grace and Peace Himself to be so humbled to make this virtuous statement!

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