Are we Participating in God’s Grace?

We give thanks to the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth…Col.1:3-6 NKJV.

Perceived, epiginosko, Strong’s # 1921. There is nothing new under the sun, as it was when the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians, we face the same assault of supposed knowledge. The word gnosis (#1108) “knowledge.”

To contend with this heresy of knowledge, Paul uses a compound word, epignosis made up of the preposition epi which is used as an intensive, “on top of, in addition to,” and gnosis (1922). The verb from which gnosis is derived is ginosko (1097), and the verb from which epignosis is derived is epiginsko (1921).

The difference between these two verbs is that ginosko sometimes means “to merely take notice or to recognize a thing unintentionally,” while epiginsko implies at least a special participation in the thing known.
Compare the use of the two words, John 8:32, ginosko, “Know” the truth with 1 Tim. 4:3, “those who have had a full appropriated knowledge” of the truth, epegnokosi, the perfect active of epiginosko which means not only knowing the truth in its initial state, but also having appropriated it. *

Our text clearly shows the Colossians knew the grace of God in truth and were participating in it.  colossians_1_6_the_gospel_is_bearing_fruit_powerpoint_church_sermon_Slide03



*The extended notes are from the Hebrew –Greek Key Study Bible. ©

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