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#434 Knowing Our God

Colossians 1:1-10,   I Corinthians 2:12,   Galatians 2:16,   I Thessalonians 5:2,

I John 3:1-2,   I Corinthians 2:14,   II Corinthians 5:21,   Philipians 3: 8,10,

I John 2:3-5,  3:16, 4:6-8, 4:13,16, 5:2, 20,   Matthew 11:27,   Matthew 7:20,

Luke 1:4,   I Corinthians 13:9-12,   I Timothy 4:1-3,   Luke 1:77,   II Corinthians 2:14,

II Corinthians 4:6, 10:3-5,   Ephesians 3:19,   Colossians 3:10, 2:1-3,   Philipians 1:9,

Ephesians 1:17, 4:13,   Colossians 1:9-10,   I Tim 2:4,   II Peter 1-3, 3:18


To Know


1. oida – 666x in NT: to see, to know; to have seen or have knowledge of something.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.   I CORINTHIANS 2:12

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.   

For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of The Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  I THESSALONIANS 5:2

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth [ginōskō] us not, because it knew [ginōskō] Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  I JOHN 3:1-

2. ginōskō – 223x in NT: to know by experience; to have insightful knowledge of.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  I CORINTHIANS 2:14

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge [gnōsis] of Christ Jesus my lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.  PHILIPPIANS 3:8,10

And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  I JOHN 2:3

But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him.  I JOHN 2:5

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  I JOHN 4:7-8

3. epiginōskō – 42x in NT: to know well, to know fully

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the son, and he to whomsoever the son will reveal Him.  MATTHEW 11:27

For we know [ginōskō] in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know [ginōskō] in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  I CORINTHIANS 13:9-10,12



1. gnōsis – 22x in NT: experiential knowledge; 
knowledge with understanding of something.

To give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins.  LUKE 1:77

Now thanks be unto God, Who always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of His knowledge by us in every place.  II CORINTHIANS 2:14

For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  II CORINTHIANS 4:6

And to know [ginōskō] the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  EPHESIANS 3:19

2. epignōsis – 20x in NT: clear and exact knowledge; a deep and detailed knowledge of something.

That the God of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.  EPHESIANS 1:17

Til we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.  EPHESIANS 4:13

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.  COLOSSIANS 1:9-10

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 
According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.  II PETER 1:2-3

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge [gnōsis] of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever [unto the day of the age]. Amen.   II PETER 3:18