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Spritual metabolism. Part 13. The difference between having gnosis (knowledge) and epignosis knowledge (wisdom).

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

There is a tremendous difference between having gnosis (knowledge) and epignosis knowledge (wisdom).

1. The will of God for mankind is two-fold.
For the unbeliever: Salvation.
For the believer: Metabolized doctrine.

1TI 2:3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth.

TIT 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the [epignosis] knowledge of the truth which is according to living the spiritual life,

EPH 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the epignosis knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

2. The cosmic believer fails to metabolize doctrine, 2TI 3:2-7.

EPH 6:2-3 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.

The carnal believer does not metabolize doctrine because the power of the Holy Spirit does not function in the cosmic system.

They are always learning academic subjects and doctrine, but it is all gnosis and only academic. They are never able to come to epignosis doctrine.

3. Only metabolized doctrine can be useful for problem solving,
EPH 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the epignosis knowledge of Him.

4. Phile 6 – all genuine fellowship with believers is based on metabolized doctrine and virtue.
PHM 1:6 {and I pray} that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the epignosis knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

5. Only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the mandate of virtue first in the PPOG, PHI 1:9.

PHI 1:9 In fact, I pray this, that your virtue-love may excel to the maximum still more and more by means of epignosis knowledge metabolized doctrine resulting in all spiritual discernment,

2PE 1:8 for if these {qualities} are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge epignosis knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6. Only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the PPOG, COL 1:9-10.

7. Only metabolized doctrine can provide blessing under the PPOG.

2PE 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you by means of the epignosis knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;

2PE 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the epignosis knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

2PE 3:17-18, you therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him {be} the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

8. You can have a zeal to know God but if you do not have metabolized doctrine it is useless.

ROM 10:2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.

9. True wealth and prosperity comes from epignosis doctrine, COL 2:2.

10. The new man can only be renewed and energized through metabolized doctrine.

MAT 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

PSA 119:63 I am a companion of all those who respect Thee, and of those who keep Your doctrines.

PSA 101:6 My eyes shall be upon the “faithful” of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in integrity is the one who will minister to me.

PSA 101:7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

2SA 1:26 You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.
1SA 20:23 “As for the agreement of which you and I have spoken, behold, the Lord is between you and me forever.”

The greatest destroyer of homes is the person who destroys their own.

It is that over a period of years, they are so full of gnosis and no epignosis that they destroy everything around them that is destroyable.

OBA 1:3 “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,”

PRO 16:18 Pride {goes} before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

PRO 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility {goes} before honor.
PRO 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

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