Remembering All the Right Things
II Peter 1:1-12
May 18, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Notice the words in (vs.5), "Giving all diligence, add to your faith...." Peter goes on to tell us the things we are to add to our faith. We are to add: "virture, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity (love)."
In (vs.8), he continues, "For if these thing be in you, and abound," then you will not be "barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Then notice what he says in (vs.9), "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."
In this passage of Scripture, we find Peter encouraging the believers in their faith. Peter's death is imminent (vs.14), and before he passes off the scene, he wants to make certain the believers are strengthened for the things that lay ahead--persecution, discouragement, testing, and for some, even death.
This was no time to allow themselves to drift back into a carnal form of existence. They have been made "partakers of the divine nature," and have "escaped the corruption that is in the world" (vs.4).
The purpose of my message this evening is to help us remember the things we know and the things we have learned. If we do these things, then in Peter's words, "we shall never fall" (vs.10b).
ILLUSTRATION: Someone wrote...
"The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires. Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own--blossoming sooner or later into in act, and bearing its own furtive of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit; bad thoughts, bad fruit."1
I have three points this evening:
I. Remembering the Things We Know
II. Doing the Things We Ca ...
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