Can We Forget Our Salvation?
2 Peter 1:5-11 KJV
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity... But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins...
Peter wants us to remember the reality of our salvation. He is saying that our salvation is abundant and everlasting. To know the richness of our salvation is to understand 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, . . .” (2 Peter 1:3,4).
Saving faith redeems you, sustains you, and gives you all you need in Christ. When you became a believer, you instantly possessed all things that pertained to life and godliness. All of God is in Christ and all of Christ is in you. You can rest in the gospel and righteousness of God making sure of your standing in Christ. Even though you sin, the gospel will encourage you with unrelenting grace towards you.
Living a virtuous and excellent life fulfills the highest potential of God in man. Living a life that controls passions adds to your life of faith the excellence of Christ's likeness. We are to portray a life of wisdom, goodness, knowledge and brotherly affection, with genuine love. The riches of your salvation has given to you a hungering and thirsting for the knowledge of Christ. It will make sure your calling, your salvation, and if you practice these qualities, you will not stumble into doubt, questioning your salvation.
Lord, if I live out the gospel knowing the precious promise of eternal life is from You, my life is enriched.