Ginosko – what does it mean? Let’s find out! This is the foundation of this site, so knowing the definition of the word may help. Through every article, keep this in the front of your mind…
Strong’s Greek 1097 ginóskó (copied from Biblehub.com)
Original Word: γινώσκω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (ghin-oce’-ko)
Short Definition: I come to know, learn, realize
Definition: I am taking in knowledge, come to know, learn; aor: I ascertained, realized.
1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience (first-hand acquaintance). 1097/ginṓskō (“experientially know”) is used for example in Lk 1:34, “And Mary [a virgin] said to the angel, ‘How will this be since I do not know (1097 /ginṓskō = sexual intimacy) a man?'”
Now there are add ons and variations of this word, for example Strong’s 1921 “epiginosko” which intensifies ginosko in fact, meaning “knowing through personal relationship!” There’s another word similar to it also, Strong’s 1922 epignosis, meaning knowledge directed toward a particular object. But I’ve chosen Ginosko as my blog title as the others appear to be derived from this one word and it conveys the heart of what I, and many believers worldwide, desire to experience – and that is simply knowing Christ personally, by experience.
There are a couple of sayings that describe ginosko well: “Knowledge in the head is as money in the purse; knowledge in the heart is as money for our use.” And also “A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.” (reference: Puritan Stephen Charnock. www.sermon index.net where you can read more in depth about it.)
Knowing the Word of God is more than just knowing theory, it’s all about putting it into practice. How can we put it into practice, however, if we don’t even “know” what it means to begin with? Truly knowing the Word comes by revelation, and once revelation enters the heart, one can truly put the Word to work.
In fact, ginosko was also used as an idiom for having intimacy with your spouse, truly knowing and being connected with that special someone. Who is Jesus to His church? He is our Bridegroom, and we are His Bride. We are to know Him intimately, not just know about Him.
Also, in Hebrews 11:6, the author says that “without faith it is impossible to please God,” and Romans 10:17 says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.“ Therefore, if we are to obtain the very faith that pleases God, we must have ginosko! We need to truly “know” with our hearts and not just our minds the Word of God.
So I pray that as I share Bible truth with you all on this simple site, that this knowledge would be made ginosko to us all – that we would know the Lord intimately and gain the faith to please God in our lives and to do His will.
God bless you,