Summary: Do you have both the factual and experiential knowledge of God? If so, put Him promises to work today and know him more fully.

Colossians 1:9-10 says “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…”

Paul wants believers to have “knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Paul’s use of the Greek word “knowledge” is epignosis (pronounced e-pē'-gnō-sēs). One can “know” (gnosis) and be acquainted. However, someone can have “over-knowledge” or “upon-knowledge” (epignosis). Paul’s hope is that believers would have additional “experiential knowledge” as opposed to strictly possessing “factual knowledge.”

It is one thing to read and know, “God provides.” It is quite another thing to experience His faithful provision in real time. I want to have both “factual” and “experiential” knowledge of the Lord. Factual knowledge learns of the promises. Deeper knowledge comes as we stand on a promise and experience His provision. This builds “upon” my factual knowing.

Have you experienced God provide for you? If yes, you have “epi” (upon) “gnosis” (knowledge). Put some of God’s promises to work today and know Him more fully.