Add to your faith so you will not be ineffective or unproductive for the Lord.

2 Peter 1:3-11

 

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Sorry that is not the answer – the answer for true vision is to add to your faith; have spiritual eyes and you will see perfectly.

 

Today we are going to do some spiritual Lasik surgery so you will have 20/20 spiritual vision. We will take an overview of what we need to add to our faith and over the next few weeks take a closer look at each character trait.

 

Do you want the best possible results with your spiritual vision? When you are not blind or nearsighted in Jesus, you will have a whole new wonderful life.

 

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 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.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 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. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

We can participate in God and His godliness and thus escape the corruption of the world.

If we add to our faith we will not be nearsighted or blind.

So let’s perform spiritual Lasik surgery on ourselves by adding to our faith.

 

2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

 

 

 

  1. faith 4102– First you must have faith so you can add to it.

Faith or belief – It is the trusting relationship grounded in the believer’s knowledge of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus

Do you have faith?

Do you believe in God? God created the world, God created us in His image

God sent Jesus to earth to die on the cross to take away our sins.

Do you believe? Will you trust in Him?

To demonstrate your trust you must

Repent of your sins – submit your life to the Lordship of Jesus

You do things God’s way – according to His word – even if they do not make sense to you at the time.

Confess your belief and trust in Jesus – “Whatever Jesus has said I say with Him.”

Confess that “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9).

Be Immersed into Jesus – Be buried with Jesus in baptism for the forgiveness of your sins and gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

 

Then after you become a Christian you remain faithful to Jesus. You add to your faith the following qualities.

Are you a Christian? Have you heard of Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus died for you? Will you repent of your sins? Will you be immersed into Jesus?

 

If you are a Christian then make sure you have 20/20 spiritual vision and not become blind.

2 Peter 1:8 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. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

 

You do not have to add one before the other – Peter is just saying continue to add these qualities to your Christian life.

 

  1. virtue (Goodness) 703 areth arete ar-et’-ay Word just 5 times in the NT Twice here,  verse 3, 1 Peter, and Philippians.

 

“Goodness” – Is linked to the character of God. Verse 3 has already mentioned the glory and “goodness” of Christ, pointing Peter’s readers to the highest standard of moral excellence.

 

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

We are called by Jesus’ goodness, by His virtue. Thus we must add His goodness to our faith. We need to grow in moral excellence, moral thoughts and actions.

 

Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

 

Add to our faith all that is excellent morally, all that is good compared to Christ. We have some work to do.

 

To Goodness add Knowledge.

 

III. knowledge (knowledge) 1108 gnwsiv gnosis gno’-sis

 

“Knowledge” (gnw’si”, gnosis) was already in the first century a loaded term among Christians, used by some to claim superiority over others. Paul writes that, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Cor 8:1).

It refers not to the initial knowledge about Jesus’ death and resurrection (a different word is used in verses 2-3). It is best understood as the deeper matters of the faith (“solid food” as opposed to “milk,” as in 1 Corinthians 3:2) or even as the ability to discern God’s will (see Rom 12:2; Phil 1:9-10).

 

Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Paul wanted to know Christ – live with Christ, know His power by living the Christian life; know His suffering by living the Christian life.

Do you want to know Christ – experience Him by living the Christian life?

Knowledge is about information – you study and learn but it is also experiencing that knowledge in your life by living in Him.

 

To Knowledge add Self-control

 

  1. temperance (self-control) 1466 egkrateia egkrateia eng-krat’-i-ah — 4 times in NT

Self-control – the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions.

Self-control is having power over, mastering, controlling, curbing, restraining your appetites

 

Early Christians used it in context in which the doctrine of Christian freedom was being used to justify moral permissiveness. Paul tells us it is a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23.

 

It may be easier to show what self-control isn’t.

 

Galatians 5:19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

 

You do whatever feels good or right at the time with no restraint. Self-Control is the opposite.

Who is master of your life – emotions or God?

 

To Self-control add Patience

 

  1. patience (perseverance) 5281 upomonh hupomone hoop-om-on-ay’

Perseverance – The term may also be translated “steadfastness” or “endurance” and refers to the ability to withstand temptation, hardship, or persecution.

The characteristic of a man who is not veered from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.

For the Christian the basis of perseverance is not personal strength. I am not strong enough to endure – God gives me the strength to endure patiently.

 

Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Corinthians 1:6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

 

To Patience add Godliness

 

  1. godliness (godliness) 2150 eusebeia eusebeia yoo-seb’-i-ah – 15 times

 

Godliness is holy living – it also refers a person’s attitude toward God.

Christian godliness refers to holy living out of respect for a holy God.

You live the way you do because you are a Christian.

Have you ever thought – “If I wasn’t a Christian I would ____________.”

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

To Godliness add Brotherly Kindness

 

VII. brotherly kindness (brotherly kindness) 5360 filadelfia Philadelphia – 6 times

 

Brotherly kindness in non-Christian literature referred to the natural affection between family members. In Christian contexts, however, it speaks of the tender feelings and loving actions among believers, family members.

Jesus spoke of the ties among his followers that were even stronger than biological family relationships (Luke 18:29-30).

Blood is thicker than blood. Relationships connected because of the blood of Jesus is thicker than relationships connected because of the blood of biology.

 

To Brotherly Love add Love

 

VIII. charity (love) 26 agaph agape ag-ah’-pay — 116 times

Agape is the word used of God’s love to men,

Agape is the supreme Christian virtue (1 Cor 13) and is therefore mentioned last. It may be that Peter wants the reader to understand that all of the others are encompassed in (or must be understood in light of) this one character.

Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

Put on love – Love like God loves, unconditionally.

 

When you add to your faith all these character traits you will be effective and productive for Jesus.

 

We want to be effective and productive for Jesus. Like anything in this life we have to work at it. We have to put in the time and energy to add to our lives.

If you want to lose weight and never change your diet you don’t really want to lose weight.

If you want to be effective and productive for Jesus and you never add to your faith then you don’t really want to be effective and productive for Jesus.

 

2 Peter 1:8 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. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

 

Will you stay nearsighted and blind and forget what sins you have been forgiven of. How could we do such an evil thing against God?

Remember God’s grace and forgiveness and add to your faith.

 

If you have never accepted God’s grace and forgiveness – know that God loves you and sent Jesus to die for you on the cross.

Faith simply means you believe God exists and that He sent Jesus to die on the cross to save you from your sins.

Do you have faith? Will you act on that faith and repent of your sins and be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit?