Add Knowledge

Add KnowledgeText: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Faith must be the foundation of all that we do. Yet there are various qualities we are to add to our faith. In this lesson, the trait we will focus on is knowledge.

Define Knowledge

  • Greek word gnosis – seeking to know, enquiry, investigation (Vine’s); something that is acquired
  • Side note – the Gnostics were a group that believed they had “special” knowledge (cf. 2 John 7-9); salvation was not from sin, but from ignorance
  • Understanding/enlightenment acquired from others and/or through personal diligence/observation

What Knowledge Looks Like WITHOUT Faith

  • Often one will not go to the proper source (the word of God) – the word of God is truth (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17); therefore, he will be always learning and never coming to know the truth (2 Timothy 3:7); this will lead him further away from God (1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 Timothy 6:20-21)
  • However, one can start with the word but not benefit from it (Hebrews 4:2) – this knowledge leads to arrogance (1 Corinthians 8:1); results in a dead faith (James 2:17; 1:22)

What Knowledge Looks Like WITH Faith

  • Add to your faith – faith is the foundation; the source of faith is the word of God (Romans 10:17); knowledge must be based on this standard
  • Starts with the word of God because of our attitude toward the word of God – God’s word is true (John 17:17) because it is from God (Titus 1:2); God’s word is better than the word of man (Isaiah 55:8-9); therefore, the knowledge derived from God’s word is superior (Psalm 119:99-100)
  • Practical knowledge, not just academic (James 1:22-25) – the hearer may be a learner, but may not be a doer

How to Add Knowledge to Our Faith

  • The word of God is the source of faith (Romans 10:17) – we must go to the word
  • Start with an attitude of humility (James 1:21) – recognize that we don’t know everything
  • Listen to those who are teaching the word of God (Lk. 8:8; Acts 17:11)
  • Diligently study the word of God ourselves (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Move beyond the elementary principles (Hebrews 5:12-6:1) – must continue to grow (2 Peter 3:18)

Conclusion

  • We must have faith if we want to please God and be saved – but faith alone is not enough (James 2:24); a stagnant faith is not pleasing to God (2 Peter 1:8; Colossians 1:10)
  • We must grow in our faith – grow in our knowledge and understanding of the word of God; listen, study, learn, and apply so we can follow those things that God wants us to do/be

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