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EVIDENCE OF TRUE SPIRITUAL GROWTH (3 of 7)
II PETER 1:8-9
October 27, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The Christian life begins
with faith, but that faith must lead to
spiritual growth, unless it is dead faith.
But dead faith is not saving faith (James
2:14-21). Faith leads to growth and growth
leads to practical results in life and
service. People who have this kind of
Christian experience are not likely to fall
prey to apostate false teachers.
GREAT QUESTION: How can the believer be
certain that he is growing spiritually?
I. THE CLAIMS OF THE GODLY LIFE. 8-9
A. THE POSITIVE ASPECTS. 8
"For IF these things are yours"
The possession of the Christian virtues by the
believer is a natural, expected thing by
reason of the fact that he has become a
partaker of the divine nature (1-4).
Not a spasmodic possession, present one day
and absent the next. If they were not present
in the life, one could well discount the
person's claim of being a child of God.
Vincent, in Greek New Testament says, "In the
sense of 'being' the verb is stronger than the
simple 'to be'; denoting being which is from
the beginning; and therefore attaching to a
person as a proper characteristic, something
belonging to him, and so running into the idea
of rightful possession as above"
You may be around people who bring out the
best in you, but Jesus puts the best in you.
"if" - present active circumstantial
Translates - "these THINGS EXISTING FOR YOU"
(they are EXISTING for you, but not
necessarily EXPERIENCED by you.)
"abound" - possessing in the sense of "super
abounding". The Spirit-filled is the
overflowing life; an artesian well whose
source is higher than its overflow, the
overflow being spontaneous by reason of that
The Christian life that does not run over, or
overflow with ...
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