“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge…”
GOD WANTS YOU TO BE ERUDITE
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).
In 2 Peter 1:5, when the Apostle Peter said, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge…” he used the Greek word, “gnosis” for knowledge. “Gnosis” is knowledge that you gain through intellectual activity; knowledge based on science. Therefore, he deals here with mental prowess! God wants you to put your mind to work; become erudite. He wants you to acquire intellectual knowledge, be smart and informed. That’s why He gave you a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
When the Holy Spirit comes into your life, you become sound. He brings mental soundness and intellectual sagacity into your life. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of all knowledge; meaning that He knows everything about every career, field and discipline, and can pass some of that information to your mind; so that every day of your life, and in every situation you find yourself, you’ll know what to do! Your mind will be active, and your intellectual capability will be at its optimal potential.
Knowledge is so important, if you don’t have knowledge, you’re going to be a loser, and even though you have faith, you’ll be cheated. God said my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). In addition to acquiring revelation knowledge, God also wants you to have scholastic wisdom. He wants you to be able to deal wisely and excellently in the affairs of life. This becomes a reality as you meditate constantly on His Word: “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Joshua1:8 AMP).
1 John 4:4;
2 Corinthians 2:14