Add Godliness

Add GodlinessText: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Faith must be the foundation of all that we do. Yet there are various qualities we are to add to our faith. In this lesson, the trait we will focus on is godliness.

Define Godliness

  • Greek word eusebeia – reverence, respect; piety toward God (Thayer); denotes a Godward attitude that does that which is well-pleasing to Him (Vine’s)
  • This is the fear of God which leads to our obedience to God

What Godliness Looks Like WITHOUT Faith

  • Of all of the characteristics in this list, this one is the hardest to see without faith
  • This is the type of attitude that leads one to respect and submit to one in authority – this is certainly good in the home (Colossians 3:18, 20), the workplace (Colossians 3:22-23), and society (Romans 13:1)
  • However, without faith in God, this reverent submission to those in authority can lead to sin – in the home (Ezekiel 18:14), the workplace (Acts 19:23-28), and society (Daniel 3:4-6)
  • Also those who hold to a “form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:5) – they make a show of religion; for them, it is merely the means to some type of gain (1 Timothy 6:5)

What Godliness Looks Like WITH Faith

  • Add to your faith – faith is the foundation; the source of faith is the word of God (Romans 10:17); godliness must be based on this standard
  • More than just a belief in the existence of God – we must fear God (Hebrews 10:31; 12:28-29)
  • Not just a fear of God – even the demons believe in God and tremble (James 2:19); this fear must result in obedience (James 2:17; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Acts 10:34-35)
  • Looking forward to the return of Christ (2 Peter 3:10-11) – “Be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14)
  • The end result of godliness is eternal life (1 Timothy 4:8)

How to Add Godliness to Our Faith

  • The word of God is the source of faith (Romans 10:17) – we must go to the word
  • We have to start with a knowledge of the truth (Titus 1:1) – God’s word is truth (John 17:17) so we must know the word; it contains everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)
  • Make sure we’re following the true gospel and not “a different doctrine” (1 Timothy 6:3) – changing the gospel results in us departing from Christ and being accursed (Galatians 1:6-9)
  • We must discipline ourselves (1 Timothy 4:7) – exercising self-control in order to live godly lives (Titus 2:12)
  • Strive to be like Him in all things – we do this by following the example of Christ (1 Peter 2:21-22)


  • We must have faith if we want to please God and be saved – but faith alone is not enough (James 2:24); a stagnant faith is not pleasing to God (2 Peter 1:8; Colossians 1:10)
  • We must grow in our faith – develop a reverent attitude toward God that leads us to obey Him

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