"add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge” 2 Peter 1:5
Ref: Pr. 1:7; Col.3:10; Eph. 6:17; Job 37:16; 2 Co.12:9; 2 Ch. 1:10-11; Mal. 3:10; 2 Cor. 4:16
Now there are many “brands” of knowledge. What Peter wants you to use in this recipe is the real thing.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Pr. 1:7)
Notice he says the “beginning of knowledge”, that means there is more to it than just saying “I know there is a God” or “I read a devotional every morning”. This ingredient will take a lifetime of searching for and adding to your recipe.
In Colossians three verse ten Paul tells you to put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. That new man (or woman) that you have become when you opened the door to Jesus is renewed in other words continually being made new by having knowledge of the ways of God.
When you get tired, and discouraged, when you are faced with those who tell you to quit; this ingredient of “knowledge” is going to give you the energy and strength you need to continue to believe and fight for your relationship with your Friend.
Knowledge is the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians six verse seventeen. What does a soldier use a sword for? It is his weapon. When you can’t seem to understand what is happening around you – the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
God is perfect in knowledge. He understands exactly how hard this is for you to do. That’s why one of the ingredients of the “starter” is grace. You will make mistakes, you will want to give up against what seems to be obstacles that are far too high and wide for you to get past.
God says: My grace is sufficient.
Why will this grace of God be all you need? Because His strength is made to exactly fit the need in every specific situation of yours to cover your weaknesses. That’s what the definition of “perfect” is when used in this text.
Solomon when he became King of Israel, asked God to give him knowledge. I’m sure that Solomon from his childhood could quote you scripture, but that was not what he was asking for. He already had a good memory. He was asking for the knowledge of the holy that would give him understanding of what those scriptures meant. And God was pleased.
Going back to the starter that friend Jesus gave you: hear this promise:
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Heb. 13:8
God never changes; He will be pleased when you ask him for knowledge of the holy as well.
Open the Word of God where knowledge lies, and pray for guidance in this essential ingredient for becoming a mature Christian. God has a storehouse in Heaven that is full. He is waiting to give you that next ingredient: knowledge; and the wisdom to use it. Remember, that’s what He did with Solomon-and He will do the same for you.