Good day People of GOD. Happy New Week. May you be richly blessed in all you do this week, as GOD leadsyou by your right hand in JESUS’ Name!
In three days we will be looking at 2 Peter 1: 5-7, where Peter mentions character traits we need to build our faith and spiritual lives. However, we will look at verse 5 today.
5 FOR THIS VERY REASON, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADD TO YOUR FAITH GOODNESS; AND TO GOODNESS, KNOWLEDGE (KJV);
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge (KJV);
5 For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding) (AMP);
There are some character traits you need to ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2: 12)’. Peter listed them in verses 5-7 of 1 Peter 2.
The first trait you need is diligence. In other words, you need to make every effort in exercising your faith. Thus, you can assume that diligence is the basis of your salvation. He goes on to say that in addition to faith (so faith is just not enough), you should develop virtue (NIV); goodness (KJV); moral excellence (AMP). Faith, on its own, without works is dead (James 2: 17). And you cannot claim to believe and trust in GOD, when you don’t obey HIS Basic Precepts. Thus, developing blamelessness or moral excellence is crucial to maintain your salvation.
However, working hard at building your faith and developing moral excellence is not enough. You must add knowledge, insight, understanding or wisdom (all synonyms of knowledge) to the mix. Why is this important? GOD lamented HIS People are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4: 6)! Moreover, zeal without knowledge is tantamount to foolishness (a recent experience has proven this to be true). It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge, and a man who hasteth with his feet sinneth (Proverbs 19:2 see NET Bible version). The role of wisdom in the life of a man is so important James says that if you lack wisdom, ask GOD in faith, and HE will five you without reserve (James 1: 5). Besides, Awesome HOLY SPIRIT is the Spirit of Divine Wisdom (Isaiah 11: 2), and JESUS went to Heaven so that HE can send the HOLY SPIRIT to us (John 16: 7).
Finally, only you have the duty to build your faith. There are certain things nobody can do for you. For example, no matter how much you love your wife, if you are a man, you cannot give birth to a child on her behalf. No matter how much you want to relieve your spouse, you can’t pee or poop on their behalf. The point: NOBOSY CAN BUILD YOUR FAITH FOR YOU. The responsibility to build your spiritual life with all diligence lies with only you. Not your spouse, pastor, or parent or child or whoever. There is a famous Yoruba saying, ‘Igbagbo baba, ko gbo mo la’. It literally means the faith of the father does not save the child.
In addition, endeavour to live a holy life according to GOD’s Standards. You are not perfect and you don’t have to pretend to be. Nobody can live a holy life without the Help of the HOLY SPIRIT who imparts the Spirit of the Fear of GOD in us (Isaiah 11: 2). Ask GOD for Wisdom, and HE will lead and guide you in all things (Psalm 32: 8). May you be richly blessed in all things. Amen.
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Word in JESUS’ Name!
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AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
© May 2016