Peter tells us in his second epistle how we have power in Jesus. His answer will surprise some people because it conflicts with most traditional teaching;
2nd Peter 1:1-2 1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, The true believer knows that all he or she receives from the Lord is through the grace of Jesus and his work on the cross. We have complete confidence in him because we know that grace won't fail us. This certain knowledge gives us peace. Notice that Peter says that grace and peace are MULTIPLIED through the knowledge of God. The word which Peter uses for knowledge here is "Epignosis'" or "Super Knowledge." He is referring to the knowledge that we receive through divine revelation through the Spirit of God.
Matthew 16:17-19 gives the basis for Peter's statement; 17And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. The revelation of the knowledge of Jesus is the basis of the power of his church. The gates of Hell can't protect it from his power. This power will be wielded by the church as he wills. Faith in God allows me to trust him to bring me through life's trials and negative circumstances, but the knowledge of him gives me the ability to take on the forces of hell in battle and conquer them. Saints with faith can trust God and dance and shout, but those with knowledge can overcome the adversary. Daniel says in chapter 11, verse 32 of his book; 32And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Now let's go back to 2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 3; 3According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue:
Once again divine power is given through the knowledge of him. 4Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Peter is saying that if you don't have knowledge of the promises of God you won't be able to take advantage of them. When we know the depths of his grace we can claim every possible promise and victory which he assures in his word. He is also saying that the knowledge of God helps us to escape the sinfulness of this world. We become like him as we increase in the knowledge of him. 5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:
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