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OUR ADDITION TO GOD'S PROVISION (2 of 7)
2 Peter 1:5-9
October 20, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Last week we looked at "God's Provision
for Christian Growth." We have seen where it requires
cooperation with God and the application of spiritual
diligence and discipline. The foundation of our
personal relationship with Jesus Christ is based on
faith. This speaks of our initial acceptance of God's
grace as offered in the gospel. Now, Peter speaks of
building on faith.
Where there is life, there must be growth. The new
birth is not the end; it is the beginning. God gives
His children all that they need to live godly lives,
but His children must apply themselves and be diligent
to use the "means of grace" He has provided.
Spiritual growth is not automatic.
Peter listed 7 characteristics of the godly life, but
we must think of them as 7 beads on a string, or even
7 stages of development. The word translated "add"
really means "to supply generously." In other words,
we develop one quality as we exercise another quality.
These graces relate to each other the way the branch
relates to the trunk and the twigs to the branches.
Like the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-23), these
qualities grow out of life and out of a vital
relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is not enough for the Christian to "let go and let
God," as though spiritual growth were God's work
alone. Literally, Peter wrote, "Make every effort to
bring alongside." The Father and child must work
Philippians 2:12, "Therefore, my beloved, as you have
always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now
much more in my absence, work out your own salvation
with fear and trembling."
"work out" - means to continually work to bring
something to fulfillment or completion. It cannot
refer to salvation by works, but it does refer to the
believer's responsibility for active pursuit of
obedience in the process of sanct ...
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