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)
Eternal life is not guess work or a slight chance that it may happen. One of the great tools in the arsenal of the devil is to make God’s children doubt their salvation. The great tempter convinces people they are not worthy of eternal life and that God would never have a desire to save them. Satan makes life miserable with fears of hell fire, condemnation of sin, lack of faith and disparity of hope. There is no joy in being a Christian. Death is the dreaded game of chance that maybe eternal life will be found in Heaven but there is no assurance. Jesus said that Satan was the father of lies and one of his biggest lies is to cause uncertainty in the hearts of the Beloved of God. In the study of the Christian graces, Peter shows the grace and mercy of the Lord in giving man everything he needs pertaining to life and godliness. Through the knowledge of the Son of God the life of a bondservant of Christ is measured by glory and virtue. He has given us exceedingly great and precious promises that allow us to partake of His divine nature. The corruption of the world does not overtake our hearts. With a diligent heart the Christian adds to his faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Like a protecting shield of armor these graces fortify the life of God’s child protected from the wiles of the devil. The conclusion is clear and demonstrative: keeping these graces in life will offer the promise of blessed assurance and secure the soul of the child of God to eternal life.
The promise of Heaven is assured. It is not a dream for the righteous elite alone. Applying the measures given by Peter will make the calling of eternal life sure. Filling the heart with these graces will make the election of the called of God certain. With great diligence adding every one of the characteristics of grace to the spirit of man makes eternal life a promised reality. It is possible to live each day with the knowledge that eternal life is awaiting. Exercising the graces of God will guarantee an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of Jesus Christ. Peter says it will be abundantly supplied. The cup of God’s love overflows with His desire to have His children come home to Him.
There is a need in the body of Christ for God’s people to believe in His grace and promise of eternal life. We have too long lived under the premise that Heaven is a possible chance but no assurance. Nothing is further from the truth. Jesus died on the cross to give man a hope that is not only assured but real. His blood cleanses us from our sins as we walk in the light. Struggling with sin will always be the lot of the child of God but through patient well-doing in following the graces of faith and adding as the elements of the divine nature the child of God can and must live with hope. This is real. Heaven is place reserved for the children of God. The Father wants to share His glory with His children. Giving diligence to add these graces will make our calling and election sure. Live with hope. Awake to the dawn of salvation. Look for the day the Lord will return and know that Heaven is yours.