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EPIGNOSIS = Knowledge from Above

EPIGNOSIS = Knowledge from Above (epi means above) Higher Knowledge

Strong’s Concordance # G1922

Please NOTE:  This word hopefully will become VERY IMPORTANT to you not only in your basic grasp of it’s Meaning, but in the actual Experience of it in your life in Christ.  Gnosis is a heart-knowledge, an In-tuition, but epignosis, which for some reason the bible translators did not give the distinction that it deserves, epignosis is a full and complete comprehension, an understanding that embraces more of the Whole picture of what is being expressed in words, but also an experiencing of what is being Said.  Marion D. Williams

epígnōsis; gen. epignṓseōs, fem. noun from epiginṓskō (G1921), to recognize. It is more intens. than gnṓsis (G1108), knowledge, because it expresses a more thorough participation in the acquiring of knowledge on the part of the learner.

In the New Testament , it often refers to knowledge which very powerfully influences the form of religious life, a knowledge laying claim to personal involvement.

When used as an obj. (Eph_1:17; Eph_4:13; Col_1:9-10; Col_2:2; 1Ti_2:4; 2Ti_2:25; 2Ti_3:7; Tit_1:1; Heb_10:26; 2Pe_1:2-3), it shows the relationship of the learner to the object of his knowledge (2Pe_1:8).

It increases spiritual blessings upon the believer (Eph_1:17; 2Pe_1:2-3) and determines the manifestations of the religious life (2Pe_2:20). When used without an obj. in a formal sense (Rom_1:28; Col_3:10), it gives a more precise definition as a knowledge which is self-determined or self-regulated, so that the difference mentioned in Col_3:10 disappears.

In Col_2:2, meaning the discernment which comes in connection with possessing salvation which helps in determining the moral conduct (see Php_1:9 which refers to the knowledge which enables one to avoid error [cf. Rom_10:2; Rom_11:33; 2Pe_1:5]).

Synonym (similar): pístis (G4102), faith, since it is the means of the acceptance of divine revelation as epígnōsis can be said to be the comprehension of divine revelation to man; gnṓsis (G1108), knowledge. See the contrasting use of ginṓskō in Rom_1:21 and epígnōsis in Rom_1:28.

Antonym (opposite): agnōsía (G56), lack of knowledge as the ant. of gnṓsis (G1108), knowledge, while apistía (G570) could be regarded as the theological opposite of epígnōsis when the subject is man and the object is God.