Add to Virtue Knowledge–The Additions to Your Faith

We have seen that some Christians are called to “go on unto perfection.”  These are the elect, the ones chosen by God to be “a kind of first fruits” of His glory.  They are the trailblazers into that spiritual country of immortality and will serve as princes and princesses in God’s soon coming kingdom that will subdue all of man’s governments and will fill the whole earth.

We have seen that these sons and daughters of God will not be content with “playing church,” but will forge ahead in study and prayer, searching for that hidden wisdom of God.  They are the ones who are searching for “a better [country], that is, an heavenly” one.  They are on a quest to enter into the heavenly New Jerusalem that will come down here to earth and will be the habitation of immortals, who are those who have spiritually matured.

They will understand that to fully partake of the “divine nature,” they will have to go beyond that initial flush of faith we Christians have all experienced.  These will see that the full spiritual maturity  calls for additions to their faith.  Just possessing in one’s heart a strong conviction that God is real and working in one’s life is not the nutrient that will foster the spiritual growth, which leads to the harvest called “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

And make no mistake, brethren, glorification is where the elect are heading.  It is in the mind of God; it is already done in His books.  We need to embrace this truth and make the necessary sacrifices that will bring about this maturity.

We have seen that in order to go on with Him on this path, we must add certain spiritual attributes to our faith.  Peter tells us to “add to your faith virtue,” which is that quality that helps us be proactive and not passive in this walk.  Virtue is that warlike energy that takes the fight to the enemy.  It gets us off the couch and into the fray.  It is the very strength and power of God’s Spirit [For more see these two articles   https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/add-to-your-faith-virtue-gods-strength-and-power-2-peter-1-5/   https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/the-additions-to-your-faith-prerequisites-of-receiving-immortality/ ].

Adding knowledge to virtue

The second addition to the faith is adding knowledge to virtue.  God does not want us running out there cutting and slashing with the “sword of the Spirit” at just any old thing that pops up.  Nor does He want us to be gullible and believe everything we hear about God.  We must have knowledge added to the zeal.

Many “little children” of God, energized with their new found faith, want to get out there and change the world.  So they rush out and tell everyone they meet about their experiences in God.  This universal reaction comes out of a heart that means well.  But like Paul says, “They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge” (Rom. 10: 2).

There is a “knowledge” then that young Christians need to be in agreement with.  If we strike out on our new found Christian walk without this knowledge that the apostle refers to, then we will wander off onto a path that detours us away from the road to the celestial city.

Some detours

What are some of these detours?  They are imaginations; they are false teachings about the plan and purpose of God.  The apostles and prophets continuously warn us about not believing false teachers and preachers.

One detour takes an unsuspecting young Christian to “Neverland.”  It is the mythical concept that just accepting Christ grants us a ticket to heaven and not to the bad place.  They are promised by their teachers that they will go to heaven and stay in heaven forever with God.  That’s about it.  They are never told that Christ is coming back here to earth–what a stupendous event!  And He is bringing all the dead in Christ with Him.  They have never considered it.  And what about those who are alive when He touches down on the Mount of Olives?  What happens to His followers who are alive?  And what happens to the people who survive the Great Tribulation Period?  What happens to them here on earth?  All this never enters their minds.

Another detour that hinders Christian growth is the false promise of a rapture.  Total escapism.  Not going to happen.  But people rush out in their zeal and believe this because it sounds good and logical.  Yet, they never study it out and prove it one way or another to themselves.  It is tricky.  They have a zeal for God, “but not according to knowledge” [for more on this go here https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=rapture ].

So what is this knowledge Peter’s talking about?

To answer that question, we must be prepared to dig deep into the scriptures of truth.  Knowledge is a noun translated from the Greek word gnosis (#1108) meaning “knowledge.”  We see it in the English words “diagnosis” and prognosis.”  The verb form of this word (#1107; #1097) means “to make known.”  So the noun means “that which is made known.”

But there is a lot of “knowledges” out there.  Which knowledge is he talking about?

So what has been made known?  What exactly is this knowledge that the apostles were so keen on?  First, God has “made known” to us through Christ’s resurrection the “ways of life,” as in the path we will take to arrive at a state of immortality or everlasting life.  Literally.  Not “crystal blue persuasion,” “floating around heaven all day.”  No.  God has given us the knowledge on how to obtain immortality.  That is how big this concept is.  There is a true way into His kingdom/government as His elect sons and daughters.  We can see this in the book of Acts where Peter is quoting David, “Thou hast made known to me the ways of life” (2: 28).

Christ’s resurrection, where His earthly body did not remain in the grave–this is our hope, that as He promised, we, too, can receive immortalityBut there is so much of this knowledge to learn.  True knowledge of how we will attain immortality does not come willy-nilly.  If our earthly jobs require a modicum of seriousness and sobriety to master and perform, how much more does our training to be His fellow rulers in His kingdom?

After all, Christ promises this to some: “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also over came, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Rev. 3: 21).  You mean some of us will literally sit on the throne with Christ?  Somebody will, and He said, Whosoever will may come.  Kings and queens sit on thrones.  But to be sitting on the one and only throne designed by and for immortals.  That’s getting out there.  Need more faith?  Maybe we need  these additions to the faith, to grow it, to feed it, to enlarge and strengthen it.

What else is God “making known” to us?  “That He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory.”  Some human beings that He calls “the vessels of mercy” He has already prepared to receive “glory.”

Nothing more glorious than everlasting life.  The “glory that He has for us is immortality.  He is making known this knowledge of these true spiritual riches that some will be glorified with Him at the end of this age!  That is what He is making known right now (Rom. 9: 23).

He is making known the mystery of His will.  “That God would make known what is the riches of the gloryof this mystery…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory…even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations but now is made manifest to his saints (Col. 1: 27, 26).

This “glory” spoken of here is spelled out in Romans 8: 18-31.  It speaks of the adoption, where we mortals shall be redeemed by God through resurrection and receive a new spiritual body that cannot die like this earthly body that is physically corruptible.  God gave us a destiny unto this glorious state beforehand, that we would “be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (v. 29).  And if we are, indeed, one whom He has predestinated, then He has called us, justified us, and He has also glorified us (v. 30).  This “glorification” is all about receiving an immortal spiritual body.  [Read more in I Cor. 15  and here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/the-high-calling-of-god/ ].

There is so much more that He has “made known” to His children.  We are told to add this knowledge of His plan and purpose to the virtue/zeal and on to the faith.  Adding knowledge then is all about first learning His true plan and promises and incorporating them into our thinking.  This takes true teachings, much study, and much communication with our Savior.   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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2 responses to “Add to Virtue Knowledge–The Additions to Your Faith

  1. Kenneth, for the most part, I agree with what you’ve written regarding “the rapture”. However, your interpretation of Job 38:7 is definitely wrong. You quoted, “Who laid the cornerstone thereof when the morning stars sang together, and all the SONS OF GOD shouted for joy?”, and then you said “And who are THESE sons of God? The word of God says that we are the sons of God!”
    The “sons of God” in Job 38:7 is NOT referring to HUMANS, but to ANGELS. The “sons of God, in I John 3:2 is, in fact, referring to BORN AGAIN “HUMANS” and the resurrection of their glorified bodies at the coming of the Lord, – on the last day. The glorified bodies are going to “SHINE” , as seen in many of the following verses of Scripture! Notice the words: “SHINE”, “CHANGE”, “GLORIFIED”, “GLORY”.
    “when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” – (I John 3: 2).

    Job14:12
    So man lieth down, and RISETH NOT: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, NOR BE RAISED out of their sleep.

    Job14:14-15
    If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my
    CHANGE come. 15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

    1 Corinthians15:51-52
    Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be CHANGED, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED.

    Philippians3:20-21
    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall CHANGE our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his GLORIOUS body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

    Colossians3:4
    When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him IN GLORY.

    Romans8:17-18
    And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also GLORIFIED TOGETHER. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

    1 John3:2
    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.

    Psalm17:15
    As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with THY LIKENESS.

    Revelation1:16
    And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun SHINETH in his strength.

    Matthew17:2
    And [Jesus] was transfigured before them: and his face did SHINE as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

    Daniel12:1-3
    And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall SHINE as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

    Matthew13:40-43 –
    As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous SHINE forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    1 Corinthians3:13-15 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by FIRE; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall RECEIVE A REWARD. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as BY FIRE.

    • Marlene, sorry for the delay in replying; the grandchildren were visiting for a week. Didn’t get much else done. Concerning the Job 38: 7 passage: You are right that the “sons of God” appear to be angels, but the Son of God is “made so much better than the angels.” And the Son is composed of the Head, Yahshua the Messiah and His body–us the church. The angels are spirits who worship God around the throne. “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1)….The early church believed that there was an angel that looked like each member of the body of Christ. Recall when Peter broke out of jail with the help of an angel. And when he came and knocked at the door and called, Rhoda recognized his voice and ran in to the other brethren and said it was Peter. “And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel” (Acts 12: 12-15). They were saying, It couldn’t be Peter; he’s in prison, and you know how tight they run their jails. So it must be his angel, a heavenly spirit-body that looks just like him.

      Consequently, I pose this thought: When our mortal body is swallowed up by our spiritual body, could it be our “angel,” or our “building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens…earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven…that mortality might be swallowed up of life” (II Cor. 5: 1-4).

      After all, God “has been our dwelling place in all generations.” And He “calls those things that be not as they already are.” And we were there with Him from the beginning, Christ said. He declares the end from the beginning. Something to ponder…kwh

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