And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Pet. 1:5-8).
Peter’s second letter begins with the key thought that a life of godliness is made possible only by the divine power of God. Peter wrote that God, 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 (1:3). Godliness does not depend upon our own ability or wisdom; it can only be determined by the state of our heart. God has offered us the ability to be transformed through His grace, but we must be willing to receive it. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (1:4). Futhermore, having received God’s grace, we must actively work to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. Only by accepting God’s gifts and allowing them to transform our lives will true godliness be obtained.
If we truly strive towards godliness, then the Lord is our greatest ally. God is Holy, and He has made godliness (holiness, sanctification) the moral condition necessary for the health of His Body, the Church. Whosoever is holy is healthy and eternal. In contrast, sin is a moral sickness that will ultimately end in death. Since the first concern of God is for our spiritual health, whatever is contrary to this in our lives necessarily brings about His discipline and correction. If we willing yield to the correction and accept the discipline, then we will once again find ourselves on the path to righteousness.
The Word of God is the source from which all spiritual blessings come to us. God has given us His Word and is patiently waiting on us to understand and to follow Him. Peter warns us to carefully discern the truth of the Word, and not to jump to conclusions and be led astray by our human weaknesses. As also in all his (Paul's) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (have twisted), as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction (3:16).
The Christian life begins with our re-birth. When Christ becomes the personal Savior and Lord of our lives, then we become a new person; Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Cor. 5:17). We must always be mindful that our new life is a life in Christ. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (II Pet. 3:13).
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:22-24).
Thought for Today:
If we are to be able to live a godly life, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.
For II Pet. 2:15: See Num. 22:5,7. II Pet. 2:22: See Prov. 26:11.
2:7 vexed = distressed; filthy conversation = immoral conduct; 3:16 wrest = distort.
Rita Guerra Government Officials: Rep. Adrian Smith (NE), Sen. Robert Portman (OH) Country: Macedonia (2,091,719) Southeastern Europe Major Languages: Macedonian, Albanian Strongly Orthodox Country 64.7% Macedonian Orthodox; 33.3% Muslim; 0.37% Other; 1.63% Unspecified Prayer Suggestion: Call unto the Lord, and He will give you strength to overcome (Jer. 33:3).
Ephesians 1: 17-21
Ephesians 1: 17 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:
Ephesians 1: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 1: 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Ephesians 1: 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Ephesians 1: 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: