God is not a subject to be studiedbut rather a Father to be embraced and known.
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
This scripture is found in 2 Peter chapter 1 verses 3-4. What it says seems almost crazy if not impossible. “All things that pertain to life and godliness.” So God has given His people all they need to live a godly life. And we find all we need in the knowledge of him who called us.
So, at first glance many people may assume that Peter is saying that if you would just read your Bible more, study theology, and watch countless hours of preaching you will have all you need to live a godly life. And to be honest this is exactly what most of Christianity in the West does. We spend millions and millions annually on books, we have Bible studies in every state, every city, and every town around our country. Yet many of us are still struggling through our Christian walk, captured by the same old sins and still living in fear, and holding a lot of anger from deep rooted wounds.
It might surprise you then that Peter is not calling us towards a great book knowledge of God and Jesus. Not at all. What Peter is calling us to is a greater knowledge of God and Jesus that can only come through an intimate relationship. Let me try to explain. The word knowledge here is in its Greek form “Epignosis”. Now Peter if he wanted us to have a greater book knowledge of God he would have used the word Gnosis but, he chose instead this odd word Epignosis. Epignosis simply means a knowledge that comes from intimate knowledge of the subject.
I have Epignosis when it comes to my wife. I know her inside and out. I know what she loves, hates, I know what makes her smile and what makes her cry. I know not to leave the water running while I brush my teeth, and I know she sees the details in colors in a way I cannot.
What Peter is saying is that God has given us everything we need to live a life that is pleasing to God. And it is all found in an intimate relationship with God and Jesus. It is found in knowing Him, in knowing His heart.
As with all relationships they grow in maturity over time. As we grow in knowing the person of God more and more over time so do we begin to take on His character and His nature.
While I am not against studies, and listening to preachers, I am against treating God like a subject to be learned in school. God desires to be treated as a person. He desires a relationship and it is in this deepening relationship they we become transformed into the very image of Jesus the Christ.