Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6

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Faith is NOT belief in gnosis informational-knowledge but epignosis relational trust



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We touched on this in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2.  “Faith” and “believe” in English are 2 different words with 2 DIFFERENT English meanings, albeit with some overlap as “the assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition or statement” and “to accept as true or real, respectively.”  However, in Greek the respective noun pistis and verb pisteuo mean the SAME thing, which has little to do with mere “mental assent” in a THING, even the bible, but instead means “experiential, relational conviction of trusting dependence or reliance upon a PERSON who is trustworthy.”  You can’t have biblical trusting-relying-faith in a THING, only a PERSON, and it’s a “deep conviction” that grows from our experiential koinonia relationship with that PERSON!  I would never give the keys to my car or house to a PERSON that I did not really trust because of my relationship with that PERSON.


We also saw that despite the erroneous preaching from too many pulpits, pistis faith is NOT a “mental assent or agreement” about some THING, like “accepting as true or real” that the chair behind you will hold your weight even though you may have never seen the chair before so that you have “no complete evidence” of it being able to do so, nor is pistis faith believing in 2000-3500 bible verses that talk about biblical events and people you have never seen “as true or real . . . with no complete evidence” nor that you have ever personally known.


Gnosis head-knowledge doesn’t require a relationship because it’s just factual information!  However ginosko, epiginosko, and epignosis knowledge absolutely do require a relationship with a PERSON because by definition this experiential, relational knowledge requires pistis or pisteuo trusting-relying-faith with that PERSON!  Bible-scholars are rich in gnosis but often poor in epignosis.  I have struggled with this for a long time as you can see from Bible Info!  However, little children and the other uneducated Least Among You are likely poor in gnosis but can be rich in epignosis.


Do you want to be effective and fruitful as a Christian?  2 Peter 1:2-8 tells you how, but it’s not through bible study:  “May unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and peace be lavished on you by-the-means-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God and/coupled of Jesus our Lord just as His divine dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power has already routinely granted to us all things that pertain pros towards-and-interacting-with zoe genuine-life and/coupled godliness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him . . . dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which He has already granted to us His precious and/coupled very great promises, in order that dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of them you may become koinonia fellowship-partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. . . . For if these qualities  – The-Trusting-Relying-Faith . . . then philadephia The-Brethren-Family-Love, then agape The-Unconditional-Love. For these things routinely are ‘already under your possessed discretion’ and/coupled are routinely abounding-in-number, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Notice how one thing leads to another by the 3 uses of dia leading up to reaching the eis goal of “the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?”  But also notice the 3 uses of epignosis, 1 that starts the process, 1 more that continues the process, and 1 to end the process!  The successful Christian life is all about epignosis relationship-knowledge, not bible-study gnosis informational-knowledge.




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