Knowledge is power

proverbs 20-15
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Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel
Proverbs 20:15.

There were two major axioms that were the cornerstone of Greek philosophical thinking and both referred to knowledge. It was summarized by Socrates as “To know oneself” and “Everything in moderation”. The first speaks of getting the “raw knowledge of self” and the second implies “how knowledge needs to be balanced in right proportion to be used in moderation for achieving happiness”. So everywhere we find people always craving for knowledge and this when given at the right time saves life and makes life worth living. In fact, this generation embarks on knowledge explosion and now the source for knowledge has become open. Almost every kind of knowledge is available whether you like it or not, irrespective of age and understanding. This makes knowledge rather cheap at times. In spite of this entire information technology buzz, we are still groping to find real knowledge of self.

Interestingly, the DNA in our body is also storage component of vital information on how our body could make proteins that makes cells to live their life as they are. And when biology went digital in 1980s, the explosion of knowledge paddled its way of even using DNA as an external storage device. Taking this lead, bioengineers George Church and Sri Kosuri of Harvard’s Wyss Institute in the year 2012 successfully stored around 700 terabytes in a single gram of DNA and is even planning to publish a book from DNA derived binary codes.

Thus from time immemorial our body stores our biological information and passes it on to the next generation. Only in this century we are consciously aware of the process of how it happens. Now comes a hint, the manufacturer has more information or rather the right information of the product. Instead of going everywhere and finding nowhere about the right knowledge of self, will it not be handy to come back to the roots of creation? So can we ask whether knowing God intimately would be the right way of knowing about ourselves as to why we were created and be through of our destiny. Suppose if you are already acquainted with the “The Divine Logos”. Then it is high time that we proceed to know Him better.

Discussing about knowledge, Peter the disciple of Jesus in his second epistle suggests a way of being productive in faith using knowledge writes like this “…Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ 2Peter 1 : 5-8” Peter writes about eight things in a sequence and says knowledge is one of the ingredients to make us fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. But if you look at the root Greek word, there is a difference in the meaning. The initial knowledge means “gnosis” but in the knowledge of Jesus Christ it is “epignosis” which means “correct knowledge” or “insight”. The knowledge in plain sense is raw information needed for everyday work; we can live with that and even complete all our mundane worldly tasks. But there is something called “knowledge with insight” or “correct knowledge”. This “epignosis” or “correct knowledge” leads us to fruitfulness or brings transformation in our character. We can have all the knowledge of the world through hard work and secular studies and could settle down in life, earn well and be comfortable but still be without any real transformation in the character. But epignosis of God comes only when faith initiates virtue and springs forth a thirst for knowledge of the divine nature and if this is reinforced by self-control and perseverance then our nature starts exhibiting godliness, kindness and love.

So we can conclude that knowledge is essential for living and imparts power to the one who could possess it but when logos of God dwells in us through Christ then we are indeed possessors of eternal life.

Prince R Prabhu

Dr. Prince Prabhu works as a faculty member at the Teaching and Research Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University. He is an able Bible teacher, gifted in expositing the Scriptures with an apologetic edge. He also serves as an Elder in King of Glory Sanctuary. Conversant in both English and Tamil, he teaches in the El-Bethel Bible College learning Centres established all over India.