A word study in 2 Peter 1:5-11
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,” (2 Peter 1:5).
“Knowledge” means “primarily a seeking to know, an enquiry, (an) investigation,…
especially of spiritual truth.”
The definition is not limited to the attaining of information; rather it means gathering information and translating it into action in a Christian’s life. It means the learner will be able to discern what is good and what is evil and be better able to please God.
Contextually, we learn that knowledge is necessary for us to receive grace and peace (verse 2) and to partake of the divine nature (verse 4). We can never be what God wants us to be until we delve into God’s word, learn the principles there, and put those principles into action in our lives.