2 Peter 1
The Greek language has two words for the word knowledge. One Greek word means knowledge of facts, the other Greek word Peter uses in our reading is knowledge that has been incorporated into one’s life. A person gets this knowledge when he becomes what he ought to be. The word does not mean a mere intellectual understanding of some truth, though that is included. It means a living participation in the same truth that Jesus stated in the prayer to His father: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Some Christians can quote scripture, but they do not obey the scripture. They have the head knowledge, but they have not made the knowledge of God and Jesus a part of their lives. Such a Christian does not have abundant grace and peace through an experienced knowledge of Jesus Christ. The basis of a person’s relationship to God and Jesus stands firmly on experienced knowledge. Peter declares in our reading that our Lord has put in place all we need to have such knowledge!