Friday, February 28, 2014

Can We Forget Our Salvation?

Can We Forget Our Salvation?

2 Peter 1:5-11
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue (moral excellence); and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance (self control); and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (love). 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. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

What is Peter saying in this Scripture? Is He wanting us to remember the reality of our salvation? “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” That is salvation conversation for sure. Words like faith, righteousness, Savior, grace, peace, knowledge of God, Jesus our Lord, all of those are salvation terms. Peter is saying that we have entered into a salvation that is precious and the riches of our salvation are abundant and everlasting. The richness of our salvation is understanding who we are in Christ and what we possess in Him. "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue by which are given unto us exceedingly 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." Are you remembering the riches of your salvation?

Saving faith redeems you and sustains you in a life of response to God. You have everything you need in Christ. When you became a believer, you came into instant possession of all things that pertain to life and godliness. If your life is not virtuous and godly, it is not the absence of resources, it is the absence of your willingness to add to your life the knowledge of Christ. All of God is in Christ and all of Christ is in you. Great reality. If you're not living on top of things, you are somehow missing the point. You've not begun to see what God can do when you find yourselves utterly and totally cleansed and His power flowing through you. 

Some people have said, “Let go and let God.” but I think we need to, “Hold on and let God” do a work in us. God does it all and yet, we have a part. He says, “for this reason give all diligence,” give everything you’ve got to God; i.e., we have all we need, yet we have all we can do to add to it. Isn't that an interesting paradox? Our position is one thing, our practice is another. We have all we need but we have to apply; moral excellence, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. When we don’t practice these things we become useless, 

ineffective and unfruitful. These Christian qualities in a believer’s life will distinguish him from an evildoer or unbeliever. We must not fail to diligently pursue spiritual virtues, for if we fail to do so, it will cause us to lack discernment of our true spiritual condition. A person with no spiritual discernment has no confidence about their salvation and may live in doubt and fear. Peter’s intention was to remind believers of these qualities, to stir them up by way of a reminder, that when he was gone, they could recall the truth already established and follow it.

Thought: Live a virtuous life, an excellent life, fulfilling all of the highest potential of God in man. Live a life that controls the passions, rather than being controlled by them, to break the will of sin. Add to your life of faith the excellence of Christ's likeness; portraying a life of wisdom, goodness, knowledge and brotherly affection, with genuine love. The riches of your salvation  has given you all things that pertain to life and godliness through the deep knowledge of Christ. Make sure of your calling, your salvation, for if you practice these qualities, you will never stumble into doubt, questioning your salvation (2 Peter 1:8-10).

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