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About-Him.Com Devotional 03-20-2010
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Making Our Calling and Election Sure
 
Text: 2Peter  1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 

Last week we spoke at length on the promises of God that enable us to become partakers of His divine nature. When we believed and obeyed the gospel, we became members of the household of faith. We affirmed that Jesus went to the cross for us, and we accepted the sacrifice that He made there on our behalf. Having done this we are assured that we are sons of God, with all of the privileges that this  bestows, such as being filled with God’s Spirit.  However, we must understand that our journey is just beginning. Old things have passed away and all thing have become new (2Cor. 5:17). We are no longer under the curse and bondage of sin. We’ve lost our identity in the world so there is  only one thing left for us to do. We must take advantage of the vast spiritual resources that are now available to us. 

Text: 2Peter  1:5 ¶  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 

Yes, it’s exciting to be accepted into the household of faith, but Peter gives us a list seven things that we need to add to our faith, with all diligence. The first thing that we need to add is “virtue” which can be described as moral energy and power. We must be passionate about doing the right thing at all times, simply because it is the right thing. Like Jesus, we need to be always about our Father’s business (Lu. 2:49), while it is still daytime (Jn. 9:4). 

To our virtue we must add knowledge and a good starting place is knowledge of Jesus. The more we learn of and comprehend Him, the closer we will be towards perfection. 

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 


Knowledge of the scripture is essential and of course the scripture must be rightly divided and applied. 

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 

1Thessalonians 2:13 ¶ For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 

2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 


Text: 2Peter  1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 

After knowledge comes temperance. If we present ourselves to men as being on today and off tomorrow, we do  great damage to the kingdom of God by our intemperance. 

Next is patience, both in a passive sense as in enduring trials and troubles and  also in an active sense such as being persistent in pursuing the things of God. 

Luke 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. 


To our patience, we are to add godliness. Godliness is simply following the example of Jesus in our daily living. When we use God’s word as a guide and listen to His Spirit within, we will find fulfilling His principles.   

1Timothy  4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 


Text: 2Peter  1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 

Next comes brotherly kindness. We cannot simply focus on heavenly things and ignore others. That’s what the priest and Levite did when they ignored the man who was bleeding in the ditch. The Good Samaritan demonstrated what their actions should have been (Lu 10:330. Nor can we ignore our Christians brothers and sisters who have suffered earthquakes and war and other disasters while keeping our focus on our own small circle of influence. 

James 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit? 


Jesus said that the proof of our discipleship would be how we treat one another. 

John 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. 


Text: 2Peter  1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 

Lastly comes love, which is God’s very nature. 

1John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 

1John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 


Text: 2Peter  1:8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 


We didn’t get it all when we started out, and we will never arrive until we see Jesus, but we can and must progressively grow in Him.  God gave us the free gift of salvation. He gives His Spirit to guide us along the way, but the rest is up to us. If we possess these spiritual graces, we’ll be neither barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. The apostle urges us to be diligent and to  our calling and election sure, thus assuring us a place in the everlasting kingdom of Christ.  
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