Devotionals by Martin Phiri. TFT

25 SEPTEMBER 2012 

In the this epistle, Peter is trying to pull them back into line. He’s exhorting them and reminding them of what to do to stand strong in faith and be fruitful. Notice right from the start that Peter is talking to believers. He makes this clear by saying “. . . to them that have obtained like precious faith with us . . . “(2 Peter 1:1). Every believer has been given the measure of faith (Rom. 1:23). The Bible tells us many things that we are to do with that measure of faith. we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). We’re to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). It also says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Too many people walk around declaring, “Im a faith person,” but their lives are a mess. Yes, we are to be people of faith, but that does not mean we are to be people of foolishness, presumption or stupidity. There have been many things done in the name of faith that have nothing whatsoever to do with faith. if we’d all use a little more common sense, mistakes that bring reproach to the Gospel wouldn’t be made. Peter goes on to say, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (Peter 1:2). This verse tells us that our God is the God of abundance. He is El Shaddai. He wants us to have more than just a little bit of grace and peace, more than just enough to barely get by. He wants to give us multiplied grace and peace.

When Peter wrote this passage. He knew he was facing martyrdom soon. He says, "Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that you may be able after my deceases to have these things always in remembrance" (2 Peter 1:14).  Even though he knew death was before him, Peter was not negative or depressed. He was very positive and joyful in writing to the church. However, he was also very concern about them. A lot of carnality had evidently crept into the lives of the believers. And the Church at that time was under attack from all kinds of crazy doctrines from false teachers. Sounds a lot like the Church today, doesn’t it? The believers then were dwelling on minor issues that didn’t amount to a whole lot. They had digressed from the main point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some were being led into heresy.    

Throughout the Church today, there seems to be a universal problem. Somewhere along the line, the spiritual growth of most Christians has become underdeveloped. Sad to say, there are countless numbers of believers who are living weak, defeated, anaemic lives. Why is this? More importantly, is there an answer to this problem? If there is, we need to know it. I believe the Apostle Peter gave us the solution in his second letter to the Church. 2 Peter 1:1-11 – Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtain 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, according as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And besides 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. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that you 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 has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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