To love Jesus is to know Him.

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…Colossians 1:9-10.

The heretics in Colosse as well as the present day heretics promise their followers new knowledge (Greek gnosis) which is self-serving. The Apostle Paul prays that the Colossians fully attain to and be controlled by the fullest and clearest knowledge (Greek epignosis) of God’s will.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

Know, ginosko Strong’s #1097; Compare “prognosis,”  “gnostic.” To perceive, understand, realize, come to know. Ginosko is the knowledge that has an inception, a progress, and an attainment. It is the recognition of truth by personal experience.

But when Jesus perceived (epiginosko) their thoughts, He answered and said to them, Why are you reasoning in your hearts.” Luke 5:22.

Percieved, epiginosko Strong’s # 1921: Gnosis is the noun, “knowledge,” and ginosko is the verb, “to know.” Epiginosko is to know fully; to know with a degree of thoroughness and competence; to be fully acquainted in a discerning, recognizing manner.

Epiginosko indicates a closer relationship resulting from a fuller knowledge. Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit (and growing), as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth… Col. 1:6.

1 Corinthians 13:12 says, For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know (ginosko) in part, but then I shall know (epiginosko) just as I also am known. Both words are used together ginosko as our knowledge here on earth, and epiginosko as our knowledge in our perfect state in heaven, even as we are known (epiginosko) in a fuller way by Him here on earth.

Sometimes times, however, epiginosko suggest advanced knowledge or special appreciation (Rom. 1:32, “When they knew full well” while Rom. 1:21 “they knew God” (ginosko) simply suggests that they could not avoid the perception of God).

Sometimes epiginosko implies a special participation in the object known and gives greater weight to what is stated (John 8:32), in which it is equivalent to believing and then knowing the truth. In 1 Timothy 4:3 the word epiginosko stresses the participation in the truth, not simply believing it. As we know Jesus we grow in our love for Him.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 02:49:54

    The folks at Colossae were fortunate to have the concern and prayers of the great Apostle. May God grant us greater Epiginosko so that we may have a closer relationship resulting from a fuller knowledge.

    Thanks for another helpful word study my friend.


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