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Re: The [??] Knowledge?

"..for by the law is the knowledge of sin.." (Rom3:20)

"..till we all come to...the knowledge of the Son of God.." (Eph4:13)

"..that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge.." (Ph1:9)

"..who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the
truth.." (1Tim2:4)

"..always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the
truth" (2Tim3:7)

"..for if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the
truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins" (Heb10:26)


In all these excerpts does anybody see anything wrong? If you look them
up in your NKJV you will see that they are, indeed, word-for-word 
correct, because at present I am still using the NKJV as my primary 
read...that's what I quoted from.  (However, that will be changing
soon) If you despise the NKJV and look them up in your KJV, you will
see that the word "KNOWLEDGE" is presented in the same manner. But this
is not exactly precise. And I use this word "precise" for a good
reason. Let me explain, as we learn a very important Scriptural Truth
here.

First of all, as background... you who have been with us a long time
will remember some of the studies we've done because of things I
observed while helping proofread Green's Literal Translation [Ed: still
not in print!]  How the LITV would bring out some Truths otherwise
obscured by some others. But you also know that I've been 'frustrated'
with it.  In studies we often talk about "translations" and "words".
How has God's Word been translated into English? Does our English
translation actually say what God said originally when the "holy men of
God" (2Pt1:21) spoke them in Hebrew and Greek?  To make a long
introduction short, all the currently available 'good' English
translations either come from the Roman side of the Reformation, or the
Calvinist side.  Many 'scholars' have been involved.  But if those
scholars don't know the Lord, or they lean towards certain 'great men' 
many of whom didn't know the Lord, it is impossible for them to render
a work that conveys TOTALLY what God said. All they know is scholarly
academic linguistics. But the Scriptures were originally written when
"holy men of God spoke as they were propelled along by the Holy
Spirit." (2Pt1:21) When unbelievers work on translating the Scriptures,
the Holy Spirit is out of the loop.  And if Believers are hampered by
their own biases, the Spirit becomes "quenched" (1Th5:19) in their
work.  Thus, the Lord made it clear to me a few weeks ago that I was to
compile a new work, which is what I am doing now. As I work, it is
becoming quite clear that the NKJV scholars (generically as a whole, I
can't say about individuals within the group) don't know the Lord.
While it is the best overall translation available today, it is not as
accurate for today, as the KJV was for its day. But the KJV, even for
its day, also has many problems.

And so, as an observation from my recent work, here we come to this
word "knowledge" with which we opened this study. For decades
Christians have been reading the above verses, la dee dah... the
"knowledge" of sin, the "knowledge" of Jesus, the "knowledge" of the
truth; and missing a little gem buried in its origins. And indeed, the
'enemy' loves it that this gem has been hidden, because today
'everybody' is becoming "united" as they "lay aside" their "doctrinal
differences". After all, they "KNOW" Jesus.  They "have KNOWLEDGE" -of-
the Bible... so they say.

But in each one of the opening verses the word translated "knowledge"
is actually a more precise word. All anybody has to do is look up its
Strongs number (1922) and see the definition, "precise and correct 
knowledge".  This is different from the one found in "grow in grace and 
knowledge" (2Pt3:18) where "knowledge" there is Strongs (1108) "general 
intelligence & understanding". Notice the difference between "precise" 
and "general".  And as well, (1922) is derived from a word indicating a 
knowledge that is "full, detailed and complete".  But they are both 
translated into English as "knowledge" in the KJV/NKJV, with no
distinction between the two. LITV renders it "full knowledge". While 
being "better", that's not -quite- right, either.

You see, when Paul speaks about the Law being the basis for the
"knowledge of sin", it means that through the Law we know all the
nit-picking details and scrutinies of what sin is, beyond merely the
generic 'conscience' we are all born with. (Rom2:15)

When Ephesians ch4 speaks of our "growth" in Christ, that growth comes
from an intimate knowledge of everything having to do with Christ, not
merely knowing 'about' Christ as even the demons do. (Jas2:19)

The reason we see the apostasy today is because they blatantly throw
DOCTRINE out the window. They are "always learning and never able to
come to the [FULL] TRUE knowledge of the truth" (2Tm3:7)  Without
doctrine, they CANNOT!

And for those who cannot accept the fallacy of the OSAS doctrine 
because they confuse it with the fact that Salvation cannot be "lost"
(which is true), they do not understand that the "sinning willfully" is
not a flippant matter, but is based on "the [full] true knowledge of
the truth" (Heb10:26)  The person who is sinning "willfully", knows in
INTIMATE DETAIL the Truth of God, of Salvation, of Doctrine. It's not
talking about a young baby convert who "doesn't know any better". But
the person KNOWS BETTER, and is "willfully" [purposely] sinning.

This is why we continually nit-pick at word definitions in these
studies and mailings. To know as 'precisely' as possible 'exactly' what
God said. This is why we always speak of translation issues, because
without the Word of God, as He gave it, Salvation is not possible,
because Salvation comes through a correct (precise) understanding of
the Word.  (Rom10:17)  This is why we continually harp on "Doctrine,
Doctrine, Doctrine". Paul says, "give attention to...DOCTRINE"
(1Tm4:13) "..speak the things which are proper for sound DOCTRINE".
(Tit2:1)

So that we can all have a "..[full] true knowledge" of Jesus Christ,
and His Truth. Because Jesus -is- the "way, the -TRUTH-, and the life."
(Jn14:6)

Amen!