Learning Activity 5

The Third and Fourth Dimension


In previous Learning Activities we have been using the expressions “third dimension” and “fourth dimension.” It seems appropriate that these expressions should be explained in some detail as they will continue to be used as these Learning Activities proceed.

The Third Dimension

The expression “third dimension” is used to describe the physical, tangible, world and the objects that are in it. These are physical objects that we can see with our eyes and are available to be physically touched. These objects occupy space and have height, width and depth, therefore we are calling them “the third dimension.”

When the third dimension is used it implies a number of synonyms such as; the physical world, earthly realm, worldly, carnal, seen, external, temporal, things below and natural realm.

When we speak of third dimensional understanding, we basically mean education, or head knowledge. It appears in the Bible as the Koine Greek verb “ginosko,” and the noun “gnosis.” This understanding is a seeking to know, an inquiry or investigation which ends in taking in knowledge to come to know or to recognize and/or understand. A typical example in the Scriptures is found in Mark 13:28–29, where a person knows that summer is near because the fig tree is putting forth leaves.

The Fourth Dimension

The expression “fourth dimension” is used to describe the heavenly, eternal, spiritual, things above, intangible, spiritual realm or supernatural realm.

Fourth dimensional understanding is essentially revelatory knowledge. This would be the highest form of knowledge. This type of knowledge is identified in Scripture by the Koine Greek verb “epiginosko,” and the noun “epignosis.” These words imply an exact or full perception of knowing, a more special recognition, advanced knowledge or special appreciation, including Godly revelation. Ephesians 1:17 is a good example of this kind of knowing, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” Notice that the writer, Paul, here states this knowledge comes from God. It is not something man can figure out on his own. God is an active participant in this revelatory work.

If we are not open to this kind of revelatory understanding from God, our Bible understanding will be third dimensional. Whenever we read and study the Scriptures, we must always be open to God’s teaching even if it means we have to change the way we previously believed (known as mind renewal which is a later topic to be presented).

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