In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.
Faith & Spiritual Knowledge
On this earth there is spiritual and academic knowledge: some run to acquire both; some strive to achieve one; some live in a delusion where there is no knowledge.
Academic knowledge studies the aspect of the Earth thus you learn it from earthly people and you work with the knowledge you have acquired and live. Spiritual knowledge is rather different, it's by the revelation of God not by your efforts nor by people. This knowledge enlightens you about the soul; the kingdom of God and life after death.
Spiritual knowledge is acquired by three means (stages);
First: before believing
before believing this knowledge is small in quantity but it is that leads to the divine knowledge and faith.(Acts 8:28-38 ; Acts 17:11-12 ; Luke 1:77 ; John 5:39)
Second: after coming to the faith (after believing)
After believing in this stage of knowledge is where you acquire medium knowledge about the kingdom of God and your soul. (Matthew 16:15; John 6:68; John 14:7)
Third: after death
The knowledge you acquire after death is the fullness of knowledge. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Thus the spiritual person when he/she believes (comes in faith): moves up from stage one to two; before all, that person is ought to strive for the knowledge of his/her soul. This means asking his/her self 'who am I?!' before getting to know others.
In an academic sense, the beginning knowledge is knowing yourself and in the spiritual aspect, the beginning knowledge is the fear of the LORD. (Proverbs 1:7) thus the reason before all is to grasp the knowledge of his/her self. If that person knows him/her self he/she will fear of LORD and will respect others. Secondly, That person won't have an issue walking in humility.
After knowing him/her self, depending on his/her abilities that person should acquire the knowledge of his/her faith. This is to give answers to those who ask of his/her faith(1 Peter 3:15); to strive in his/her faith with affirmation; and be exemplary in aiding others to the faith (1 Corinthians 11:1: Philippians 3:17)
Even though their whole life is spent learning; he/she is ought to believe that there is abundant spiritual knowledge that he/she isn't aware of. Just as the Apostle St Peter said 'in order for our Faith and Spiritual knowledge to lead us to Christ, it should always grow with time. (2 Peter 1:5-8)
In addition, we are ought to understand that on this earth there are a ton of questions that can't be answered by knowledge except through faith. We know by faith the creation of the Earth and Sky: we have acquired every lasting life after death through hearing the word of God and through faith not because someone witnessed it while being on this earth. Assuredly, our Faith will answer our questions until we depart from this world. But after death, it's love that abundance in us as for faith works will surely stop. When we have reached through our beliefs and hopes faith will stay behind as we move forward.(1 Corinthians 13:8-13)
Glory be to God, Amen.
Mergieta Kirkos Habtom
September 21st 2021
Translated by Dn Mathiwos