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Old 09-24-2020, 10:44 PM
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Re: I read this today. What are your thoughts?

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Doesn't Titus 2:11-12 tell us that saving grace teaches? How then can you separate knowledge from grace?


The grace that teaches in Titus 2:11-12 is referred to in Hebrews 10:29 as the Spirit of Grace. This is another way of referring to the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13).

The Logos made flesh was full of grace and truth. Verily, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14 &17).

Grace and Truth cannot be divorced or divided. One cannot know the truth of the Lord Jesus apart from His grace, and one cannot receive the grace of our Lord Jesus apart from the truth of Who He is.

This, then, is knowledge. Knowledge, most easily defined, is justified belief. You may believe something, but not be justified in that belief, because what you believe isn't true. But believing something that is true, and reliable, and even more than that, provable, that is knowledge, or a belief that can be justified.

So then, when one hears the saving message of the Gospel, one receives it by faith, and believes it through grace, and comes to know it as truth, as the promise of the Father is bestowed in love.

So, yes, knowledge is intimately associated with grace, truth, and the salvation which flows from both.

John 17:3,

3. This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

The Greek for "know" above is from the noun ginosko, meaning to have knowledge of, especially knowledge obtained through personal experience.

See: https://biblehub.com/greek/1097.htm

Knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom the one true God sent, in personal, experiential relationship, is the true source of eternal life.
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