There are “knows” God wants us to know. God gives us knowledge we are supposed to receive in the Bible through His Spirit of truth that is supposed to convict us through the Holy Spirit, and some of us are ignoring it, or some of us are ignorant to this knowledge. If you are in Christ this will grieve the Spirit of Christ in you that goes beyond your own shame for the sin you are committing or the wrong way you are going. Godly sorrow you receive from the Spirit of Christ will always lead you to a better way of life if you are wanting to please Him. I guess it truly depends on who we are truly wanting to please in this life we are living.
If you are not in Christ you will be judging your own sin, or your wrong way, and it may seem right by your own understanding and no change within will be taking place, and you will continue to live in it or going the wrong way.
If you do know these “knows” and receive them as His knowledge and then get all tangled up in the corruption of the world all over again you will be worse off then you were before you knew them through Christ. You may be deceiving yourselves and don’t even know it.
2 Peter 2:20-21 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: A dog returns to its vomit, (Proverbs 26:11), and “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
The First “Know” we know within ourselves is if we have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior from the Cross. We know and want to follow His Spirit and power that gives us all we need in this life to escape the corruption of the world, and if we know Him we know this truth within ourselves. We will not want to be like the pig that goes back to wallowing in the mud, nor will be like the dog returning to its vomit. Are you being like the pig or the dog today or a true child of God? Have you received this knowledge of Him?
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
If you know Him like this, God is telling us not to get tangled up again in the corrupted life we once led. Do not be like a pig returning to the mud, or like the dog returning to his vomit. Do not be drawn to the mud or the vomit keep your eyes on Jesus your Lord and Savior, repent, ask for forgiveness and commit your lives truly to Him.
The word entangle in the Greek language is empleko and it sounds like em-plek’-o. It means to get involved with, or weaved together with a thing, person or a way of thinking. If you are a child of God you want to be entangled with God, His Spirit, his love, and His purposes, if not you will return to the mud or the vomit like the pig and the dog. God is warning us not to go back to the mud or sin like the pig goes back to the mud after they are washed clean.
Another “know” we are to acknowledge in our lives that many are ignoring or being ignorant too through Christ comes from God through Paul to the Corinthian church in Corinth.
1 Corinthian 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
I see all kinds of people ignoring the knowledge of their bodies being a temple He lives in. Some of the people who are among the body of believers today continue to smoke cigarettes, do drugs, over eat, over drink, live in sexual immorality, boasting of themselves and others, and with no change of heart.
God is saying through Paul to the body of believers in Corinth “You yourselves are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you.” Why do you continue to follow your own way and live by your own wisdom? God says the same thing to us today as His children through His word. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple, how can you do that knowing I want to live in you, don't you love me more than these?”
Paul pleads with them as a child of God knowing God lives in Him and Paul knows he has surrendered His life to Him. Today we who know Him and know He lives in us, because we have fully surrendered are pleading the same thing to His children. It is not only for their health and well being, it goes beyond that, it is for God and because He wants to live in them by way of the Cross, and He can’t fully because they will not give up things He is asking them too. They are not living in His will and plan for their lives.
V 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: He catches the wise in their craftiness,” (Job 5:13) and again, The Lord know that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” (Psalm 94:11) So then no more boasting about men, all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the further- all are ours and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
Paul is telling God’s children to become poor in wisdom as a “fool” not knowing anything in the presence of God, as a child wanting to be taught by Him, so He can live in them and they can follow Him as their Father knowing what is best for them. Paul wants them to have faith He will give them all they need to live by through His divine power to reject the corruption of deception and all ungodliness in this world, and through that same Spirit of Christ we too tell the same thing as Paul is telling the church in Corinth.
Through His divine power we can all receive these “knows” within ourselves and can all break the addiction to any drug, over eating, over drinking, sexual immorality, boasting of ourselves, and living by any standard this world lives by. Today do not be deceived, and answer the question God is asking you, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are my temple and that I want to live in you?”
If you don't know then go to the Cross and receive Him as Your Lord and Savior so you can be His temple that He lives in. Tell Him in all truth you know you are foolish and have no way of knowing Him, His thoughts and ways. Tell Him you want Him to truly change your life into His child knowing His wisdom and ways. Confess to Him with an open heart. He will change your life into what He wants it to be, and you will know He lives in you and you want to give Him all of yourself so He can!! Don't be the pig that continues to wallow in the mud, or goes back to wallowing in the mud, be His temple through Christ He lives in and through!