by John McKain

Steps to Christian Maturity
John McKain
2 Peter 1:5-7

Peter is full convinced that spiritual growth in the Christian life requires strenuous involvement by the believer. God has rescued us from a corrupt world and promised us a share in the divine nature. In fact, it is for this very reason that we are now to commit ourselves to a life of moral and ethical growth. Peter was writing to individuals dissatisfied with orthodox Christianity. Their dissatisfaction, however was in great part the result of their own lack of genuine involvement in spiritual growth. So Peter lays out a program of moral development consisting of eight virtues ---- beginning with faith and ending with love. (READ)

Look at 2 Cor. 6:6, Gal. 5:22, Col. 3:12-14. Note the major role of love.

To a Christian is not merely subscribing to a way of life, it is the way one conducts that life. Partnership with Christ transforms the way people live, yet this transformation depends upon our full cooperation and personal involvement in the pursuit of high ethical goals.

We begin with faith.

We add to that goodness. Add originally meant to provide the chorus for plays given at important religious festivals. (Came from the additions of large numbers of people to carry out the dramas of the works of men like Sophocles and Euripedes.) Later the word came to mean lavish giving.

Goodness is the Greek term for virtue, moral character, manliness, moral excellence, noble character.

Knowledge, practical knowledge. Self-control, mastery of self.

Perseverance, patience (AV, too passive), fortitude(NEB, which carries the idea of courage), Perseverance (which Chrysostom called the queen of virtues) is the willingness to accept whatever obstacles are placed in life's path and the courage to make them into stepping-stones. This virtue was especially important in view of the complaints of some that the return of Christ had n ...

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