avanbibber at juno.com
Mon Aug 7 08:50:34 EDT 2000
Andrew Murray (born 1828), in a devotional writing on "Holiness and
Truth", had this to say"
"First there is word-truth: a man may have the correct form of words
while he does not really apprehend the truth they contain. Then there is
thought-truth: there may be a clear intellectual apprehension of truth
without the experience of its power. The Bible speaks of truth as a
living reality -- this is the life-truth: in which the very Spirit of
truth we profess has entered and possessed our inner being."
In Trench's "Synonymns of the New Testament" you will find an interesting
discussion on the difference between GNWSIS and EPIGNWSIS, which I quote
in part: "...if GNWSIS is cognito... EPIGNWSIS is ... a deeper and more
intimate knowledge and acquaintance." He refers us to Paul's use of both
in 1 Cor. 13:12, where he points out that Paul "exchanges the GINWSKW,
which expresses his present and fragmentary knowledge, for EPIGNWSOMAI,
when he would express his future intuitive and perfect knowledge." Trench
goes on to say, "It is bringing me better acquainted with a thing I knew
before; a more exact viewing of an object that I saw before afar off.
That little portion of knowledge which we had here shall be much
improved, our eye shall be raised to see the same things more strongly
The fact that there is more than one level of understanding becomes
apparent through the process of maturation. As to the expansion of the
depth and breadth of our knowledge, Trench compares the uses of GNWSIS
and SOFIA which you may also find interesting. And, in fact, Paul uses
the two together in Eph. 1:17 praying the God would give a spirit of
wisdom (SOFIAS) and revelation (another interesting word relative to
"level of understanding") in a full knowledge (EPIGNWSEI) of Him.
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