Favorite Passages: 2 Peter 1:2-11

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2 Peter 1:2-11

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

(As my knowledge of God broadens and becomes more intimate, so will His grace and peace in my life.)

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

(Jesus’ power — not mine or anyone else’s — has given me everything I need to live out my life as a Christian. It is complete and sufficient. Overcoming sin, forgiving others, and enduring trials in a manner that pleases God is all possible and I have no excuse not to obey His Word on His terms. The only way I can succeed is by, again, broadening and deepening my knowledge of God.)

4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(God has promised us eternal life! “Exceedingly great and precious” means being with Him in heaven and our rewards for obedience will be so much better than our currently finite minds can fathom. Hoping and trusting in His promises in this life pulls us out of ourselves and filthy worldliness, keeps our eyes on eternity.)

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,

(Giving all diligence. Diligence is careful and persistent work or effort.)

6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(The previously listed qualities, when appearing and increasing in your character, are evidence that God is bearing fruit in your life. Your productivity, usefulness, and effectiveness as a Christian is directly proportional to the diligence you put in to knowing Christ better. On the other hand, if these qualities are not present, you have every reason to question your salvation. Feeling insecure because you don’t know if you’re saved, you keep messing up, and/or these things just don’t even cross your mind every day? You need to get back in the Bible and do what it says! )

9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

(A productive Christian is an awake, on-guard Christian. A useless Christian is a lazy, defenseless Christian [if a Christian at all]. It’s a given that if you aren’t overcoming sin, sin is overcoming you.)

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(Remember that command to give all diligence? It’s repeated here, so yeah, it’s serious. Give it your all and more. Put doubt aside and prove to yourself that you belong to Christ by choosing to obey Him, particularly with the difficult or mundane things. Assurance comes with obedience — “grace and peace.” You cannot have genuine grace and peace if you are not at peace with God, and what disrupts that peace is your own sin. Repent and replace that sin with righteousness. Christ has done all the heavy lifting and all you must do is surrender. Our sinning hearts should be happy to respond to such love. And when we do, he secures a place for us in His glorious kingdom where there is no sin or sorrow, only eternal joy.)

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