“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.” 2 Peter 1:5-9
This is a trap many Christians fall into: we forget how much sin we have been forgiven of, we misjudge just how sinful we actually are, and we underestimate just how Holy God truly is.
If we are not in a constant state of love and gratitude, we are shortsighted, even to the point of blindness.
“I have lost a world of time! Had I but one more year it should be spent in studying David’s psalms and Paul’s epistles. Mind the world less and God more. “ – Claudius Salmasius (on his deathbed)
Though a highly revered scholar of his day, Salmasius died with a stricken conscience.
If you had but one more year, what would you do with it? I doubt many would answer that question with an enthusiastic: READ MY BIBLE MORE!
However, I have been beside the dying and can attest that this is exactly what is regretted.
Mind the world less and God more.
Heed this advice!
Ref: Faith is Stranger Than Fiction, Steve Halliday (2001).
“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 1:10-11
Wow, what a promise:
An entrance WILL BE SUPPLIED for believers ABUNDANTLY into Heaven.
A Christian’s entrance into Heaven is abundantly supplied through the substitutionary atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I cannot get over the truth of this promise and the security it announces.
Jesus has supplied an abundant entrance into Heaven for anyone who calls on His name.
“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” Titus 1:15-16
Remember this when you are dealing with unregenerate minds; To them, nothing is sacred.
Don’t be surprised or shocked when the world acts likes the world.
But to us, all things are pure.
“but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” – 1 Tim. 3:15
Note how Paul describes the church to Timothy:
• The house of God;
• The church of the living God;
• The pillar and ground of the truth.
Get yourself connected to and active in a LOCAL CHURCH BODY today!
We don’t need any other private words from God or men proclaiming to receive private messages from God.
The Bible is enough.
The Bible is sufficient.
The word is confirmed.
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place” – 2 Peter 1:19
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” – Luke 1:45
The Lord will fulfill His promises. Do you believe that? Blessed you will be if you believe it!
“I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Psa. 16:8
Don’t take your eyes off of Jesus.
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.” (Verse 9)
Setting the Lord always before you makes your heart glad and allows your body to rest.
“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,” – 2 Peter 1:3
God has given us everything we need to live a holy life. It’s through knowing Jesus.
Accept Jesus (John 1:12)
Enthrone Jesus (Romans 12:1-2; John 14:14)
Share Jesus! Witness for Him (1 John 1:3; Acts 1:8)