That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (Eph. 1:17 KJV).
In the scripture above, epignosis is the Greek word used for knowledge. The Apostle prayed that the Lord would grant the believers the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of Him. God gave us the richness of the Greek language so He could fully communicate the riches in Christ. The Greek language offers vast, descriptive variations of words, to articulate more precise ideas that the English language cannot distinguish. Epignosis is one example. There are many related Greek words which English can only translate as “knowledge”, even though the particular meaning in Greek is a little different.
Let me use a simple illustration to explain the idea of epignosis. Consider a college student majoring in computer science. However impossible it may seem, now imagine that this student has completed three years of classes without ever seeing a computer! While our computer science major has some knowledge of computers, you will agree, something is missing. When they are finally given a computer to work with, they will experience a whole new dimension of knowledge. This experiential knowledge, full and complete, is what the Greeks call epignosis.
Epignosis produces practical results in our knowledge of God. For example, we may have an understanding of healing, but still be sick in our body. When you have epignosis of healing, you get healed! Get epignosis of the Father.
What happens when epignosis is received? See Eph. 1:17-19. Declare that “I am growing in the epignosis of God, and coming into the fullness of the knowledge of my rights, privileges, and blessings in Christ”.
APPLY THE WORD
Epignosis is your key to unlock the treasures of grace in your life. Go for it. It is in the scriptures, if you will allow the Spirit to give it to you!
Join the apostle Paul and pray the prayer from Eph. 1:17 for your life right now.
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