May I ask a question? Do you take time to just wonder why the writers of the scriptures wrote somethings the way they wrote them? Like why did Paul write that we should think thoughts of Heaven and not thoughts of earth? Like why did Matthew write “whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever gives his life will have it? “I wondered why Peter said we should add knowledge to virtue. Why wasn’t it godliness or stature or something else? So, I looked up the meaning of virtue. I assure you, it was something to ponder about. 2 Peter 1:5 says,
“For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence).
Virtue is the inherent power of a god, or a supernatural being. The inherent power or efficacy of something. What I got to understand here is that when Peter said we should add virtue to our faith; what he meant was to add the likeness and ability of God, which can be accessed through the Holy Spirit. When we do that, people will look and wonder how possible it is for you to live as though you are a god. Well, you are just living your true identity as Psalms 82:6 says,
“You are gods; you are all children of the Most High”.
Their curiosity will make them come to question you about this efficacy and likeness you possess (just as the Israelites did to Jesus because they never saw anyone with such ability). Now, what will you say about the source (of your virtue) if you do not know Him? What shall you say about the source (of your virtue) if you do not have knowledge? That is why Peter said “and to virtue, add knowledge.”
There are other dimensional revelations to this verse. Hosea 4:6 says,
“My people are being destroyed because they dont know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children”.
The origin of frustrations and battles in life are not because God refuse to answer our prayers or the devil has grown stronger. It is the inexistence of certain information that should bring about your breakthrough. That’s it. It is the absence of knowledge about the systems of that particular issue. Fear is a direct result of ignorance. Fear is an evidence that there is gap in your knowledge.
Daniel 11:30-32 says
“For warships from western coastlands will scare him off, and he will withdraw and return home. But he will vent his anger against the people of the holy covenant and reward those who forsake the covenant. His army will take over the Temple fortress, pollute the sanctuary, put a stop to the daily sacrifices, and set up the sacrilegious object that causes desecration. He will flatter and win over those who have violated the covenant. But the people who know their God will be strong and will resist him”.
If you study this chapter well, you will see that it is more like an enemy that attacked the people of the Holy covenant, but the people who are experientially aware of who their God is, shall be strong and overcome the world.
The devil is not disturbed at your reading of the Bible, he knows the Bible. The devil is terrified at your “reception” of the word because that’s what determines your knowledge of the word. James 1:23-24 says,
“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like”.
Please understand the mystery behind the scripture above. It is your reception of the word of God that determines if you will glance at the mirror and remember or forget what you look like.
Knowledge brings salvation and conviction. Romans 10:13-15 says,
“For whosoever who calls on the name of the lord will be saved. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”
It is what you know that your mind meditates on and decides whether to store it in your heart or dispense it. When you study the Holy Bible, your reception of what you studied will determine what you know of the word. From what you have known, your mind will pick on them and meditate (dig deeper) on them. Meditation will open up the word to you and when it becomes life, you store/hide it in your heart.
Knowledge in the realm of the Spirit is likened to light. Knowledge is always available. The Bible is the written word of knowledge. It is a compendium of knowledge that covers all areas of life. It is always there, but you only arise and shine when it becomes life unto you.