Super Knowledge by Ty Gibson

Super Knowledge

by Ty Gibson  |  May 29, 2017

We are creatures of “knowledge.” Our entire existence is shaped by what we know and how we know. According to the Bible, there is a regular, run-of-the-mill knowledge, and then there is a kind of knowledge that operates at a deeper, wider, higher level.

“We know that we all have knowledge (gnosis). Knowledge (gnosis) puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Paul wants us to understand that knowledge without love is worthless—and worse than worthless, it makes us arrogant.

In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that we will receive, “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Here he uses the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis, with the prefix epi, which is a grammatical amplifier. Epignosis is deep knowledge, crucial knowledge, super knowledge. Later, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we will “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge (gnosis).” There is a knowing that surpasses all common knowledge. If you know the love of Christ, you are intelligent on an otherworldly level. Epignosis isn’t necessarily a greater quantity of knowledge, but rather a higher quality of knowledge that informs everything else you know.

If you know the love of Christ, you are intelligent on an otherworldly level.

Jesus indicted the Pharisees because they had “taken away the key of knowledge (gnosis)” from the people (Luke 11:52), which He earlier identified as “justice and the love of God” (verse 42). Think about what Jesus is saying. To know the “justice and the love of God” is to possess “the key” that unlocks all other knowledge. Knowing God experientially operates like a clarifying lens that helps us make sense out of everything else in life.

Peter tells us that epignosis exerts a transformative influence over us:

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge (epignosis) of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge (epignosis) of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:2-4).

Epignosis—the super knowledge of God’s love—is pretty powerful. It is the means by which grace and peace multiply in our lives. Through it we become partakers of the divine character and escape the corruption that pervades our world and causes so much pain.

Ty Gibson Co-Director
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  • Chris

    Thank you for providing the “what and why”
    Could you please share the “how” now?
    This experience and knowledge is what many long for? But how does one practically obtain this deep genuine knowledge of the love of God? I know it may sound too simple to answer, but please share for the benefit of all of us.

  • Chris

    Is it possible that in all our consumption of knowledge and information available, even religious, that we fail to obtain that higher quality of knowledge that the world and the church so desperately needs?

    In light of what you shared in your post could 2 Timothy 3:7 be describing the current state of the world and church?

    “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

  • Julie Mann

    I agree with Chris, especially “Could you please share the “how” now? I’m at a place of deep frustration. I read what you, James, David, and Jeffrey write and I think, “wow, why didn’t I ever see this”. I glean knowledge second hand and somehow I don’t think that’s what God wants.

  • Helmuth

    Such deep genuine knowledge is a gift from God alone. Only He can reveal it to us as Jesus said to Peter when Peter answered who Jesus really is. Any contrite humble seeker will receive this gift.

  • Tom Kengere

    Indeed, the super abounding knowledge has only one source textbook,namely Christ as revealed in his person, in his word, and in nature.The Greeks would understand well when Christ refers himself to Alpha and Omega where all Greek gnosis hangs

  • Julie Mann

    No disrespect meant, Helmuth, but there are still ways of study that help a person. We know that God alone reveals truth through His Spirit but that does not negate the “how”.

  • Helmuth Fritz

    True enough, but though the many ways the Holy Spirit works are beyond our comprehension, the fundamental condition of the heart He can reach and teach remains the same – contrite and humble.

  • bonnie

    my suggestion is to really read Eph 3: 14-21, specifically 17 & 18 as it extends to verse 19 already cited in the article. how … for me in my walk, self has to be winningly and confidently handed over to God in all aspects of life, not just in words saying I am but truly handed over, acknowledging and trusting He knows and wants what is best for me and will provide. I was too impatient and wanted to know it all now, trying to make up for lost time and I missed the beauty of the incremental revelation God was giving me of Himself. slow down and grow in the beauty of God’s love as Tom K as noted below. I agree w Helmuth about having a contrite & humble heart. Desire of Ages page 668 ‘it was heart work for Christ’ it is about believing that God wants us all to have the deeper knowledge of his character which is love. v 20 ‘that you may be filled to the measure of ALL the FULLNESS of God’ Trust and Believe Him to be faithful in His promises. Hope that is useful even if it doesn’t provide the how you are looking for.

  • Kendra Lau

    I love this article! Knowledge of God goes so much deeper than just “book learnin”, even if the book is THE BOOK. It’s heart knowledge; experiential knowledge; knowledge that only comes by letting Him love on us, and surrendering to His love until we are completely head-over-heels in love with Him. Epignosis–that word rocks!

  • George

    I studied the difference of gnosis and epignosis but couldn’t ever do it justice it deserved in a presentation. Well done.

  • Lepsie

    Is the nature of God the same as His character?

  • Lepsie

    Just brilliant!