(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
2 Peter 1:1-11
We just finished our study of Song of Solomon and now we’re moving into a real change of pace – 2 Peter. I can’t help but look at Peter in the Gospels and compare him to his letters and marvel at the transformation from a young man of big talk and little action to a man of true wisdom.
In his opening statements of his second letter, Peter urges his readers to continuously grow, increasing the yield of fruit in their lives over and over again. He reminds his audience that God has already provided them with all they need to foster that kind of sustainable growth:
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and virtue. 4 Through these things He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, since you have escaped the corruption that evil desires have brought into the world.
Next, Peter offers sage advice for the kind of growth that pours back into and overflows from our spiritual life:
5 Now for this very reason, making every effort, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly love; and to brotherly love, love.
The qualities Peter mentions build on the foundation of our faith. But what do these qualities do?
8 For if these qualities are in you and increasing, they keep you from becoming idle and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (emphasis mine)
“…and increasing…” To grow and bear more and better fruit, we have to keep soaking in these good things we receive from the Word of God, prayer, teaching, service, discipleship, and even just from spending time with other believers.
Our faith journey doesn’t end at salvation. Or at least it shouldn’t. We must keep growing in order to bear a harvest of better fruit. What are you doing to ensure your spiritual growth? What are you doing to add to the qualities Peter mentions in these passages?