Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 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, 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. 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. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 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. (2 Peter 1:2-11)
Everything We Need
There is great power in knowing that God has made provisions for His children to be provided with everything they need to grow, prosper and find assurance in the promised blessing of eternal life. Doubt can fill the heart of a disciple as Satan seeks to dissuade with fears and inhibitions of worthiness. Hope is sometimes lost in the spirit of God’s people because they are unsure whether they are saved or not creating distrust in the promises of the Father. Guilt infiltrates the soul with anxious feelings of inadequacies dooming the spirit to apathy. Challenging these feelings of hopelessness is the knowledge that God has provided everything needed to give a blessed assurance that salvation is sure and true. The child of God should not walk with unsteady steps of uncertainty. Obtaining a like precious faith by the righteousness of God comes from a heart devoted to growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The divine power of God has made full provisions of everything needed to make salvation sure. Revealing His mind through the written word, God has declared to all men what His will is pertaining to life and godliness. This comes about through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Genesis to the Revelation is about the Son of God. The assurance of salvation comes from knowing the glory of the Father revealed through the Son in the express image of His virtue. In this knowledge comes the assurance of salvation and hope of Heaven. It is not a guess or a calculation of chance. Eternal life is something that is sure and steadfast. A spirit of humble confidence fills the heart with the knowledge that death will bring only the light of God’s face upon His child. The promises of God are exceedingly great and His promises are precious. In the knowledge of God we partake of the divine nature infusing our lives with His presence. All that is in the world with its corruption and putridity is cast aside for the grace of God’s love.
Everything we need for life is found in His word. In the grace of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love the character of the Christian is forged through the fires of devotion. There is nothing lacking. Embedding these graces into our lives will insure victory. Our voices can shout in triumph to know that death brings the assurance of eternal life. A crown waits for the one who believes that all things that pertain to life and godliness have been provided through the grace of God. Fears are cast aside. Confidence of hope fills the spirit of man to walk more boldly as a shining light in a dark world. The war rages on against the forces of wickedness as soldiers of Christ take up the banner of truth confident the victory has been won in Jesus Christ. Putting the graces of Lord in the heart of the child of God will bring about the knowledge that Heaven is not a maybe; it is an absolute.
The key to Peter’s exhortation knows the importance of adding the graces of God to a life of faith. Everything has been provided but the child of God must take advantage of His provisions. It takes all diligence to add to faith the virtues listed in the text. Reading about them and thinking about them will be of little value if they are not added to the active life of the Christian. It takes courage to face each grace and to acknowledge any challenge in life is addressed by one or more of the seven characters needed to make our calling and election sure. Failure in life comes from a failure in one or more of these graces. Victory will spring from the practice of each one of these manifestation of God’s grace in our life. He has provided everything we need. Thank you God.