2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
Did you read that?
Grace and peace are multiplied through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord!
The Written Word of God contains the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
How can one claim he or she knows the Living Word if he or she doesn't know the Written Word?
But consider that there are many busy, active, Christians that do claim to know Him and yet they have no knowledge of the Written Word, and worse yet, they think they are in His good graces.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
They only knew of Him, and because
they had no knowledge of the Written Word, they followed the traditions
of men, which will get you nowhere fast!
Note that there will be 7 "Ands" in this Polysyndeton (see appendix 6 in the Companion Bible). "7" in Biblical numerics is the number which denotes spiritual perfection or completeness (see appendix 10 in the Companion Bible). If you don't have a Companion Bible, consider getting one, for it will help do as Peter says, "add knowledge".2 Pet. 1:5
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
How serious are you?
So Peter tells us to be diligent and add virtue and knowledge.
How do you gain knowledge?
You work for it!
And add the following too:2 Tim. 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Temperance is "self control", and patience is "stedfastness", and godliness is the "divine nature".2 Pet. 1:6
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
They are those who are barren and unfruitful in the Word,
i.e. are Biblically illiterate.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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