Good day People of GOD.
Today we will be looking at 2 Peter 1: 6, where Peter admonishes us to add self-control to our knowledge, and persevere in exercising self-restraint when appropriate and to be Godly. These are the next set of traits necessary to build your spiritual life on earth.
6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness (NIV);
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness (KJV);
6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in yourself-control, steadfastness, and in yoursteadfastness, godliness (AMP);
Previously, Peter admonished us to add virtue to our faith, and add knowledge to our virtue. And it has been established that the wisdom plays a major role in building your spiritual life.
However, Peter does not stop there. In verse 6, he says that your knowledge is not complete without self-control or temperance. So, it is not enough to have knowledge or wisdom; you must add self-control to the mix too.
At church, when we are taught about wisdom, our pastor defines wisdom as the ‘application of knowledge’. It is not enough to have that knowledge, but you must know how to apply it and actually apply it. If you don’t apply self-control to the knowledge you have, you could become very proud and incorrigible, and that will ultimately lead to your destruction. Knowledge without self-control or temperance could kill.
Take Solomon for instance. He is reputed to be the wisest man that crossed the face of the earth. Yet, his life ended as a mess, and the kingdom was wrested from his family. He was wise, but had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines, who led him away from GOD (1 Kings 11: 3). The authors of the Bible would not have mentioned this if it is not true. A man that was glorified at some point in the life, fell from grace to grass- yet it was mentioned he was the wisest man (1 Kings 4: 29-34). The only other man who has walked the face of the earth, and had greater wisdom is Awesome JESUS CHRIST.
The point I am bringing out here is that knowledge or wisdom can be useless or even prove destructive without self-control or –restraint. Even JESUS exercised restraint in some situations where another person in HIS Shoes would have just gone along with the crowd. Take for instance when the Israelites wanted to make HIM king. HE had just fed 5000 men, apart from women and children- roughly 12 000 people in all. HE realised the Israelites wanted to come and make HIM king by force, and withdrew again to a mountain by HIMSELF. Obviously, that must have looked attractive. One may think it may have furthered GOD’s Plan of Reconciliation with mankind along, without JESUS having to die. But, Awesome and Merciful JESUS knew that the Father’s Plan for HIM was different, and HE had to die so that mankind can be reconciled to GOD. So, HE exercised restraint, and refused the option of being made king at that time. Indeed, JESUS ran away from all ‘appearance of evil’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 22). Today, HE sits at the Right Hand of Awesome GOD the Father, and everything is perfect. If JESUS had allowed the people to make HIM king then, GOD’s Plan would have been destroyed. We all should learn from this.
Another time when Awesome JESUS exercised self-control was when HE was about to be arrested, and Peter in HIS defense, cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant. JESUS immediately rebuked him and reminded him that HE had to die as GOD intended (John 18: 10-12). At another time, JESUS was being tortured, and of course, as GOD the Son, HE could call on HIS Father who would send at least 12 legions of Angels to come down and defend HIM, and kill all those people. Yet, HE restrained from doing so because HE knew it was not part of GOD’s Plan (Matthew 26: 53-54).
Finally, Peter says add to self-control, steadfastness. In other words, be persistent, committed, and dedicated towards exercising self-control and building your spiritual life. And while being steadfast in GOD, be Godly. Pray to the HOLY SPIRIT to empower you with the Fear of GOD (Isaiah 11: 2), and to help you as you endeavour and work hard at being Godly. It is not easy being Godly in the world we live in now, with so much corruption, violence, and tolerance of things that are contrary to the Word of GOD. Yet, by the HOLY SPIRIT, all things are possible (Mark 19: 26).
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Word in JESUS’ Name!
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AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
© May 2016