” . . .We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding”
Paul the Apostle wrote extensively on the knowledge of God in the book of Romans, and indeed in all his other letters.
He contrasts *ginoskein*, to know; *gnosis*- knowledge, with *epiginoskein*- to know fully, and *epignosis* – full knowledge.
This “full knowledge” is here appropriate to the knowledge of God in Christ as the perfection of knowledge.
In Rom 1:21, he deals with this subject. He talks about *ginoskein*, the basic level of knowledge of God that all men possess. All men know quite enough about God to render due glory to Him as the Creator of all things. Paul refers to the possession of this basic knowledge, and the fact that humans nevertheless refuse to glorify God. Wilful neglect of God is implied here.
In Rom 1:28, he touches on refusal to acknowledge God as a human choice. “They did not *like* to have or retain God in their knowledge”. Not like, *ouk edokimasan*, without liking. They did not think God was worth the knowing.
Then in 1Cor 13:12, he talks about the progression of knowledge, *ginosko* – partial knowledge to a future level of a fuller knowledge *epignosomai* where he shall also be known, *epegnosthen*.
Paul’s prayer, then for the Colossian church was for a complete knowledge, *epignosis*. It is a prayer for a clear and exact knowledge. The kind of knowledge which powerfully influences and informs one’s life in Christ. This kind is full of affection for God, and also predisposes one to be sensitive to Him. It is more than the basic knowledge that is purely intellectual without affecting the character ; devoid of due honor or acknowledgement of God.
The import of Paul’s prayer was for a transformed life under the influence of a more complete knowledge of God. So he continues in vv10:
*” Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better”*.
The link between the level of our knowledge of God and the quality of our Christian life – living to *always* honor and please the Lord is unmistakable. Even the ability to be fruitful is also linked with the level of knowledge of God we possess. Growth is naturally a product of the same.
Paul knows this all too well, and the necessity to any serious believer. We should also pray to aspire to such a level of a fuller and more complete knowledge of Christ.
Let Paul’s prayer for the Colossians be your prayer until your pursuit of God is realized in a complete knowledge of Who He is.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
The thirst to know God is a healthy one inspired by Holy Spirit. It is a known fact that whenever we desire a closer fellowship with God, we often seek it through His Word, and prayer.
Are we desirous of living to glorify God and to please Him?
Do we desire to produce every kind of fruit of the spirit?
Do we desire to grow more and more in our Christian faith?
Do you want to know God more, and more?
Paul the Apostle just showed us how. There’s no better way to know God than through His word. Make it a daily experience. Faith comes by hearing, reading, and studying the word of God.