“I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints; that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:4-6
LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer will not make progress in his love walk towards others outside knowledge.
We have been examining Paul’s prayer to the church at Philippi in Philippians 1:9-11 which reads “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. Recall the term “your love” does not mean Paul was praying for “love” to abound; rather, he used this term or phrase to specifically refer to each believer’s love walk. Also recall that the word “abound” means “to increase” and the word “more” implies in a greater degree. In essence, Paul’s prayer was that the believer will make progress in his love walk towards others. The question now is, how will this be done? That is, how will the believer make progress in his love walk towards others? Paul answers this in context of verse 9; he says “in knowledge and in all judgment”. When he says “in knowledge and in all judgment”, the word “and” used here which is “kai” in Greek is used in an explanatory fashion in this context and not as a conjunction. Hence, the knowledge explains the judgment and vice versa. So the believer is going to make progress in his love walk towards others in knowledge. The word “knowledge” here is the word “epignosis” in Greek; it implies precise and accurate understanding. It is worthy of note that this Greek word “epignosis” is the same word in verse 6 of our key text translated as the English word “acknowledging” (Philemon 1:6). So, ahead of time, when Paul used “acknowledging” in Philemon 1:6, it was to imply a precise and accurate understanding.
In essence, Paul in his prayers to the Philippian church which will also include his prayer to Philemon was emphatically referring to the believer having a precise understanding of who he is in Christ; that is, his nature which is love. So Paul was praying for the Philippian church to increase more and more (to a greater degree) in the knowledge of who they are in Christ. Meaning, a believer that lacks knowledge will be inefficient in his love walk, while a believer that has knowledge will be efficient in his Christian walk. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.
PRAYER: I declare that the knowledge of your word grows big on my inside till nothing else matters, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: If you are deficient in knowledge, don’t think you will be efficient in your love walk.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: 1THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 1