Add to Your Faith

Text: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Peter mentioned several qualities that Christians are to possess. We will not gain these by accident or by miraculous divine intervention. We are told to add to our faith (2 Peter 1:5) and we must be diligent in this (2 Peter 1:10). So in this lesson, we are going to discuss the qualities that we are to add to our faith.

Faith is the Foundation

  • What is faith? (Hebrews 11:1) – belief in God and trust in His promises
  • Where does faith come from? (Romans 10:17) – the word of God
  • Why faith must be the foundation – it affects how we view everything else; if these other qualities are not rooted in faith, they will not be pleasing to God

Characteristics to Add

  • Moral excellence (virtue) – we are to be different from the world (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 2:12); conform to Christ (1 Peter 2:21-22); must be seen in all aspects of our lives
  • Knowledge – not just any knowledge, but knowledge of the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15); it does not matter how determined we are to do right if we do not know what is right (Romans 10:1-3)
  • Self-control – we can escape “the corruption that is in the world by lust” (2 Peter 1:4) if we exercise self-control; through discipline (1 Corinthians 9:27), finding the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), fleeing youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22), and resisting the devil (James 4:7)
  • Perseverance – the life of a Christian is a race (Hebrews 12:1); we need perseverance in order to continue doing God’s will and receive His promises (Hebrews 10:36)
  • Godliness – this is simply being like God (Matthew 5:48); He is our standard; the Bible teaches us how to live godly lives (Titus 2:11-14)
  • Brotherly kindness – shown toward our fellow Christians primarily (Galatians 6:10); look out for the best interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4)
  • Love – love is the basis for all of God’s commandments (Matthew 22:36-40); show love by keeping God’s commandments (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3); for Him and others (Romans 13:10)

Why This Matters

  • If these qualities are yours and are increasing” (2 Peter 1:8) – we will be fruitful (cf. Colossians 1:10); we do not add these one at a time; we continue to increase in all of these areas
  • He who lacks these qualities” (2 Peter 1:9) – blind, shortsighted, forgotten his forgiveness; the Lord redeemed us and purified us so that we would be zealous to do His will (Titus 2:14)
  • Be diligent to practice these things (2 Peter 1:10) – to make certain about our calling and election; to never stumble (sin occurs when we stop adding these things to our faith); to enter into the eternal kingdom (heaven)

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