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December 17 - Morning

"Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness 
of our God and Savior Jesus Christ  have
received a faith as precious as ours:

 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord."

- Second Peter 1:1-2

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Abundance of Grace and Peace through Knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus    

From the beginning of the letter, the great apostle Peter recognizes that his readers share the same "precious" faith as the apostolic leadership of the church. All are saved through the righteousness of Jesus (the man) who is also the Jewish Messiah ("Christ") who gave himself on the cross as the sacrifice for man's redemption ("Savior"). When Peter says these four words together: "God and Savior Jesus Christ," Peter is saying this man who is the Messiah who became the Savior is God himself!

Peter tells his readers their faith is isotimos, or "equally precious." The faith of the readers is as valuable, as effective and as powerful as the faith of the great apostles. We all have the same starting point. We are all saved by the righteousness of the God/Man.

But, if we want to experience the "grace" and the "peace" of this salvation we are going to need access it "through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." The word "knowledge" is epignosis and means both additional knowledge than what you already have, which refers to gaining more than the knowledge we placed faith at the point of our salvation. Epignosis also refers to precise knowledge which is already established with details already set. Mere generalizations or personal opinions about "God and of Jesus our Lord" will not be good enough to produce the "grace and peace" that are ours "in abundance."

There is a direct connection between the amount of knowledge we have and the amount of grace and peace we experience.

  • Little knowledge = Little grace and little peace
  • Great knowledge = Great grace and little peace

Why? Because, the grace and peace are accessed by faith, just like our salvation was accessed by faith. But, before you can believe something you need to know it. Before we could believe that Jesus died for our sins we had to hear that information and gain that knowledge. You cannot believe what you have never known; and, you cannot know what you have not heard.

If you have no information about a person, you can have no faith in that person. If you know a person well, then you know exactly what to believe about that person. If a child is afraid of the darkness in their bedroom it is because they do not understand and their imagination presents things to fear. If the person is an adult they realize there are no monsters under the bed. They have knowledge which they can believe, and faith in that knowledge gives them peace.

Peter says we have the same precious foundational faith, but in order to grow further in this faith we will have to gain more knowledge of God and of Jesus.

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"Our national existence will
be determined by the state
of our national soul."
- Galyn Wiemers







Something to Ponder??
The Anabaptists were part of the church Reformation in the 1500-1600's, but their contribution has been entitled the Radical-reformation. Many Anabaptists rejected learning because they believed their possession of the "spirit" was enough. Today's anti-intellectual mysticism (or, emotionalism) among Christians is similar.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Peshar (Hb) - Interpretation (Eng) - peshar is the Hebrew word that means "to interpret."
This word is unique because it only occurs in the book of Daniel. Peshar occurs 26 times in the Aramaic sections of Daniel (verses 2:4-7:28). This word is used to refer to the
interpretation of a dream or a vision.


Hebrew scribes who made copies of scripture were so aware of that they were making copies of a divine revelaiton that they went to great lengths to make sure their hand-written copies of Scripture were free from error. These scribes were bound to these rules:

1- They could only use clean animal skins, both to write on, and even to bind manuscripts.
2- Each column of writing could have no less than forty-eight, and no more than sixty lines.
3- The ink must be black, and of a special recipe.
4- They must verbalize each word aloud while they were writing.
5- They must wipe the pen and wash their entire bodies every time before writing God’s name.
6- There must be a review within thirty days, and if as many as three pages required corrections, the entire manuscript had to be redone.
7- The letters, words, and paragraphs had to be counted, and the document became invalid if two letters touched each other. The middle paragraph, word and letter must correspond to those of the original document.
8- The documents could be stored only in sacred places (synagogues, etc.)

It is hard to believe they tampered with the text, made up stories or handed down documents riddled with error.
(source here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I have enough accurate knowledge about God to have effective active faith?
I will believe and act on what I know to be true about God and Jesus.
I will seek to gain more accurate knowledge and insight about God and the Lord Jesus
so I can grow in faith and access the grace and peace that God has for me.
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