How does the Apostle
Peter close his second epistle?
But grow in the
grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and
forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18.
How may grace and peace
be multiplied in believers?
Grace and peace be
yours in abundance through the knowledge of
God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2.
What is implied in a
knowledge of God and Jesus?
this is eternal life; that they may
know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ,
whom you have sent. John 17:3.
By what may we be
partakers of the divine nature?
Through these he
has given us his very great and precious promises,
so that through them you may participate in the
divine nature and escape the corruption in the
world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4.
Grace By Addition
What graces are we to add
in our character building?
For this very reason,
make every effort to add to your faith
goodness; and to goodness; knowledge;
and to knowledge; self-control; and
to self-control, perseverance; and
to perseverance, godless, and to
godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly
kindness, love. Verses 5-7.
is the first round in the Christian ladder, the
first step God ward. He that comes to God
must believe. Hebrews 11:6.
But an inoperative faith is
useless. Faith without works is
dead. James 2:20. To be of value, there
must be coupled with faith virtue, or
To moral excellence there
needs to be added knowledge;
otherwise, like the stumbling Jews, one may
have zeal, but not according to
knowledge. (Romans 10:2.) Fanaticism is
a result of such zeal. Knowledge, therefore, is
an essential to healthy Christian growth.
To knowledge there needs to
be added self-control-self-government.
To know to do good, and not to do it, is as
useless as is faith without works. (See James
Patience, or steadfast
endurance, naturally follows self-control.
It is well nigh impossible for an intemperate
person to be patient.
Having gained control of
oneself, and become patient, one is in a
condition to manifest godliness,
Kindness toward the
brethren, or brotherly
kindness, naturally follows
Love, or love for all,
even our enemies, is the
crowning grace, the highest step, and the eighth
round, in the Christian ladder.
The arrangement in this
enumeration of graces is by no means accidental
or haphazard, but logical and sequential, each
following the other in natural, necessary order.
The finger of inspiration is seen here.
What is said of love in the
Love is patient,
love is kind, It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not
self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps
no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in
evil but rejoices in the truth. It always
protects, always trusts, always hopes, always
perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Above
all, love each other deeply, because love
covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter
What is love called?
And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them all
together in perfect unity.
What is the result of
cultivating these eight graces?
For if you possess
these qualities in increasing measure, they
will keep you from being ineffective and
unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus
Christ. 2 Peter 1:8.
What is the condition of one
who lacks these graces?
But if anyone does not
have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and
has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his
past sins. Verse 9.
What is promised those
who add grace to grace?
brothers, be all the more eager to make your
calling and election sure. For if you do these
things, you will never fail. Verse
If I speak in the
tongues of men and of angels, but not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I
have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a
faith that can move mountains, but have not love,
I am nothing. If I give all that I possess to the
poor and surrender my body to the flames, but
have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is
kind, It does not envy, it does not boast, it is
not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth. It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always preservers.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies,
they will cease; where there are tongues, they
will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it
will pass away. For we know in part and we
prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the
imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I
talked like a child, I thought as a child, I
reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put
away childish ways behind me. Now we see a poor
reflection in the mirror; then we shall see face
to face. Now I know in part; then I shall see
fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these
1 Corinthians 13.
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