“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;” II Peter 1:5
Yesterday, we looked at virtue. Today let’s consider the second step on our way to become what God wants us to be.
Knowledge – facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
I am sure that Peter was referring to knowledge of Jesus and the Word of God. Reading the Bible is very important and every time we read it we gain knowledge. In our lifetime, we will never exhaust the knowledge that it contains, though we read it many times.
Some of the books in the Old Testament may be hard to read but reading through from Genesis to Malachi gives us the history from the beginning of time. The stories of battles and victories, of good men and evil men, increase our knowledge of God’s plan for mankind.
Studying the Gospels and the life of Jesus Christ, teaches us what He was like, how He related to people, and gives us a desire to be more like Him each day. We can never learn all there is to know about Him, for every time we read through the Gospels, we find new and exciting facts about Him. Our faith grows as we realize that He has not changed and what He did while He was here on earth, He still has power to do in our lives today.
As we read the Book of Acts, we gain knowledge of what the church was like back there and know that He is still pouring out His Spirit on His church today, and that He is still the God of miracles. The Epistles teach us so many things about how we should live our daily lives, and Revelation gives us a glimpse of Heaven and what awaits us over there.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your Word, that faithful men of God recorded through the centuries so that we might gain knowledge of you and your plan for mankind.
Devotion by Anne Johnston