To your faith, add

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 Peter 1:5-7 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

Today morning at about 5am I was doing my Bible study and I got stuck at these portions of scripture. I realised that simply believing in Christ Jesus is not enough; there are practical things a believer should do as part of their lifestyle to make them fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As you do these things, they show that you indeed know God.

This letter was addressed to Christians who were experiencing persecution in the first century. It is very relevant to us today because it is a very practical letter.

I believe that “like precious faith” which the Apostle Peter is talking about here is that these guys had believed in Christ Jesus just like they themselves (The Apostles) had believed. Apostle Peter was addressing them as fellow brethren. Because of God’s righteousness, the Gentiles had also been included as children of God by or through faith in Jesus Christ and not by their good works or lack thereof.

God is a good God, and He already had the plan of justifying all mankind by faith. To justify means to regard innocent. Man always wanted to justify himself with his own works, but God’s plan was to justify man by the merits of Jesus Christ. The benefits of God’s plan therefore are extended to ALL that have FAITH or that believe in Jesus Christ.

God is a just God, He didn’t just wish away the sin of all mankind, no, someone paid for it. Jesus Christ God’s son paid for sin with His blood.
Now that these guys believed and were brethren, they were to add to their faith these things Apostle Peter lists in verses 5, 6 & 7. He’s telling them that the Christian life is a very practical life. They were to be fruitful people by adding virtue to their faith.

Virtue is to do what is right and avoid what is wrong, and then to virtue, they were to add knowledge. Knowledge involves learning and reasoning. As a Christian, you need to read so that you get to know things and hence be able to reason. These Apostles were people who read a lot. To knowledge, add self-control; the ability to deny yourself. You should not act on every emotion you feel. To self-control add perseverance; which is determination and the ability to continue on a specific path you have chosen to take. The Christian life involves determination. You decide to follow Jesus and never to turn back.

To perseverance, add godliness. And to godliness add brotherly kindness; be warm-hearted, considerate and sympathetic. To brotherly kindness, finally add love. This means to have affection for one another.

I observe that these are practical ways to live the Christian life. And they are things we should intentionally make our individual lifestyles. These things are done by people who are aware that they have been cleansed from their old sins and are now children of God. Child of God, you are forgiven.

And when you live such a life described above, you will be living a very good life.

Add to your faith. Be practical.

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