When we begin to believe what Christ believes, we are ready to add virtue, which is moral goodness that leads to moral vigor or power. We begin to feel it in our bones. That is a good thing, but that feeling does not know how to come in or go out.
True knowledge about God’s plan to fulfill His purpose must be added to give direction to our newfound desire to do the Father’s will. We know that He wants us to walk in power and strength. But how? Where does the power come from? What is the key?
The answer is found in the second addition, knowledge. We are to add knowledge to the virtue, which has been added to the one faith. This knowledge is holy and divine, yet it is attainable with the study of the scriptures of truth. If we seek knowledge as we would for hidden treasures of gold and silver, we will “find the knowledge of God” (Prov. 2:3-6).
But we cannot know Him until we know what He knows, at least in part. Can we really know somebody if we do not know their thoughts, goals, plans, and aspirations?
The Spirit of Yahweh speaks of His knowledge frequently. Knowledge is His gift to us and constitutes an attribute of his “divine nature.”
Where does knowledge come from? It comes from the Holy Spirit as a manifestation of His love. For we are “to know Him and the power of his resurrection” (Phil. 3:10).
Knowledge Is Like…
Knowledge is like being on a 100-mile pilgrimage. You stop halfway to have a nourishing meal that will get you to the finish line. The food and drink are wonderful. But the meal is not your goal; it is not the end of your journey. It serves to help get you to the end of your goal. Knowledge of the holy things is the meal. Knowledge is the spiritual food that will sustain you on your pilgrimage.
Knowledge is not the end-all, be-all. Knowledge helps you get to the goal of being a mature manifested son and daughter of God. “Knowledge shall vanish away” (I Cor. 13:8). But the agape love that knowledge helps us to attain—it lasts forever.
Knowledge—A Gift of the Spirit
I will give you power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).
This power that He speaks of is a heavenly gift, for “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). The power begins with the gifts of the Spirit—the word of wisdom and knowledge. Without these first two gifts, the other seven linger, waiting for the wise and knowledgeable to appear on the scene (I Cor. 12:7-11).
Many aspire to receive the fourth and fifth gifts—healing and miracle working. But few know the scriptural definition of wisdom and knowledge. Most have not been taught this knowledge. Their leaders have “caused them to err.” The pastors have not clothed the laity with wisdom and knowledge, that they might “not be found naked” (II Cor. 5:3).
I will give you power over all the power of the enemy. Healing is the fourth gift which is brought on by the exercise of the first gifts.
Wisdom is being in reverential awe of Yahweh. The word of knowledge illuminates the way of understanding, which is “to “depart from evil” (Job 28:28). It is then that we are armed with the Spirit, ready to war with the evil spirits that will come our way. Kenneth Wayne Hancock
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