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This page revised and Copyrighted: Theon Doxazo

14 December, 2023

 

Vs 3b - God's Glory and Excellence

02.2.6

“ . . . through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  2 Pet 1:3b

 

The main point in this verse is the same point made in the previous verse.  As we come to know and experience Christ, our lives are transformed.  The phrase 'true knowledge' is our old friend ἐπιγνώσεως  (knowledge).  One is reminded of the passage:  “O taste and see that the Lord is good” Psalms 34:8a.  It (ἐπιγνώσει) refers to our 'experience' of God in some personal depth.  Once again, as in verse 2, we find that it is through the 'true knowledge' of Him that all the positive qualities noted in 3a are to be added.  Note again, the English phrase 'true knowledge' is, again,  ἐπιγνώσει.  Thus, as we come to experience something of our Lord in a personal way, we find that He opens to us vistas of insight and growth.

 

What about Him triggers this reaction in those that come to know Him?  It is: “His own glory and excellence.”  The absolute positive that is our Lord is indescribable.  Yet, we know that He overwhelms us and our understanding.  All of the positive character qualities that we know of are vastly surpassed by the reality of our Lord.  In some passages of scripture the 'glory' of the Lord is so pronounced that it even comes to take an almost physical form.  The Glory of the Lord is described as light, (Eze. 10:4) and as a cloud (Ex. 16:10).  This is glory that so outstrips anything we know as human beings as to make our 'glory' seem a tawdry and pitiful thing.

 

Excellence in this text is the English translation of the Greek word ἀρετῇ.  As this is one of the major theoretical terms to be used in the Second Peter Theory, it will be discussed in depth later.  For the time being, please accept that 'Excellence' can be thought of compatible with 'Glory' above.

 

It is the Glory and Excellence of the Lord that 'calls' us.  What does it mean to be called?  Our understanding of this 'calling' is informed by the nature of who/what it is that is calling us, the Glory and Excellence of the Lord.  We have noted above that His Glory is so vast as to completely overwhelm anyone that even gets so much as a whiff of it.  As God is absolute in all that He is, His character simply overcomes all opposition.  Anyone lucky enough to 'taste' the Lord is impelled to seek Him in greater measure.

 

The concept of 'calling' will be expanded in the psychological theorizing presented elsewhere on this site.