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Friday, February 06, 2015
In our last visit we reviewed what I believe is foundational for what Peter encourages in 2nd Peter 1:5-11. He says, For this very reason, make every effort to add
In other words, what God has provided, though abundantly adequate, needs to have your effort added for you to fully benefit from it. In Philippians 2:12-13 Paul writes, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Again in 1 Corinthians 15:10, by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Weve already seen it takes reading, studying and learning from others, mixed with faith and surrender, for our head knowledge about Jesus Christ to become experiential knowledge in our relationship with Him. Now, in addition, we need to make every effort, or in the words of Paul, work hard, to add some additional, specific qualities to our lives. What are they? Starting with faith, add goodness. Then, add knowledge, followed by self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Peter says that if these qualities are possessed in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your experiential knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, thats an outcome worth pursuing, wouldnt you say? I want to unpack what Peter says in these verses over the next few days. Let me encourage you to read, or better yet, memorize these verses.