Knowing God

I’ve been reading through 2 Peter 1. I didn’t get very far. I noticed that there are a few places in the first few verses that talk about the knowledge of God.

Is this just knowing about God?  Or does it mean actually knowing God on a personal level?

Peter writes in verse 2, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

Of all the people who lived and walked with Jesus, some might argue that Peter would be the person to have really known Jesus the best.  So, if he says that grace and peace can be mine through knowing Christ, I think I’m going to have to pay attention to that.

He goes on to write, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

Peter didn’t just know Jesus while he was on this earth.  The relationship continued as the first church began.  He was among those in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came to them for the first time.

The thing I identify with the most out of Peter’s life is what happened right before Jesus died.  Peter found himself in a situation where he was afraid to admit that he knew Jesus at all.  I can honestly say that I have never outright denied that I am a Christian.  Today, unlike the time of the early church, it is easy enough to hide behind the label of Christianity without people expecting very much from you in the way of spiritual maturity.

My denial comes through not acknowledging that I know Jesus on a personal level.  I don’t want to put off a weird over-the-top super Christian vibe.  So, I just keep my mouth shut and hope no one notices the disconnect between what I want my life to stand for, and what I actually let impact my everyday.

I hope that my journey can take the same trajectory as Peter.  As I continue down this path, I would like to be able to find the grace, peace, divine power, life, and godliness that he talks about here so many years after his denial.

I would like to be able to say to anyone and anywhere, “Yes, I know God.”



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