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


December 17, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R.
McLaughlin
Sunday,
December 16, 2018

“You and I are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more about than it does about any other period of time including the Gospel Period.”

If we focus in on the times we are living in that all you and I have to do is to present our need to the Lord and then focus in on the plan of God.

 “The Final Divine First-born Son”  —  our Lord and Savior  has  as your  Guidance or Teacher so that your life is left for you to live in Sheol (O.T.) – Heaven (N.T.)

We have been called to live on the times in which God provides for us well as preparing to live the spiritual life that the Lord has also been challenging us to live in.

Important Doctrines =  God uses concerning the plan of God is “The Doctrine of Vindication”  which helps us and vindicates us as a part of the Unique message.

 “The Doctrine of Vindication” — “The Doctrine of Children” which, in reality,  most of the Proverbs is translated “The Doctrine of the Elite Believer.”

The “Elite Believer” can do almost anything that the evil believer works hard at doing and also we have been studying  the fact that a believer can do “Whatever”  God’s Word cherishes.

Rrepetition =  safe and secure as Paul anticipated that it would be safe and secure to repeat certain doctrinal principles that God the Holy Spirit wants us to repeat.

Phi 3:1  Finally, my brethren, keep on having inner happiness in the Lord. On the one hand, to be writing the same doctrines to you is not troublesome to me, while on the other hand, it is a safeguard or a basis of security for you.

Message = Phi 3:1  And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in God! I don’t mind repeating what I have written in earlier letters, and I hope you don’t mind hearing it again. Better safe than sorry‑‑so here goes.

Because you have to see and study what the Bible has to say in regard to the Divine Timing of God and observing what our Lord says about time!
 
Before we go on with the difference between gnosis (knowledge) or epignosis (wisdom) — we need to be sure of the fact that we are ready and prepared.

You should understand that there’s 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 that he was  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 fulness of Christ.

  1. The cosmic believer fails to metabolize doctrine, 2Ti 3:2‑7.

They end up under divine discipline and will eventually die the sin unto death says the word of God in EPH 6:2-3.

The reason why the carnal believer does not metabolize doctrine is simply 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.

  1. Only metabolized doctrine can be useful for problem solving, Eph 1:17.

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.

This is God the Holy Spirit taking epignosis doctrine and giving you the ability to handle your problems.

Whether in adversity or prosperity, you must solve your problems from the base of inner happiness from epignosis doctrine.

  1. Phile 6 teaches that 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Consequently, only metabolized doctrine can fulfill the PPOG, Col 1:9‑10.
  2. Only metabolized doctrine can provide blessing under the PPOG.

If you have only gnosis doctrine, there is no basis for blessing; 2Pe 1:3-4.)

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  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,

2Pe 3:18 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.

  1. 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.

  1. True wealth and prosperity comes from epignosis doctrine, Col 2:2.
  2. The new man can only be renewed and energized through metabolized doctrine.

He said to Peter who was sincere but sincerely wrong in his assessment of the spiritual life.

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, on the other hand, he who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

And in 2Sa 1:26, we are told that, David says concerning Jonathan,  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.”