The Entrance into the Eternal Kingdom

The Entrance into the Eternal KingdomText: 2 Peter 1:5-11

After discussing the various qualities that we are to add to our faith, Peter concluded this discussion by reminding us of our ultimate goal – the reason why we are to continually grow in our faith.

We Must Grow in These Things

  • We need to possess these qualities – “if these qualities are yours…” (2 Peter 1:8); not optional, but expected; God’s people must be of a certain character (cf. Galatians 5:22-23)
  • We need to continue to grow in these qualities – “yours and are increasing” (2 Peter 1:8); we are to continually grow as Christians (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)
  • If we do this, we will be useful and fruitful in the Lord’s work (Colossians 1:10)

If We Lack These Qualities

  • It is possible for Christians to lack these qualities – why Peter said we are to apply diligence (2 Peter 1:5); what does it say about us if we lack these qualities?
  • We are blind/short-sighted – not focused on spiritual things that pertain to our faith; instead, we are focused on worldly/temporal things (Romans 8:6; 1 John 2:15-17)
  • We have forgotten our purification from our former sins – redeemed by the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19); this is about more than just forgiveness; we have been redeemed to do good works (Titus 2:14; Ephesians 2:10)

Be All the More Diligent

  • We want to avoid being what Peter just described – useless, unfruitful, blind, forgotten our purification; therefore, we must be diligent (2 Peter 1:10, 5)
  • Make certain about His calling and choosing you – called by the gospel (2 Thessalonians 2:14); by obeying it, we made a commitment to live by faith (Romans 1:16-17); chosen in Him (Ephesians 1:4); created for good work (Ephesians 2:10)
  • As long as you practice these things, you will never stumble – we have been called to overcome sin (1 John 2:1; Romans 6:6-7, 11); yet we still sin from time to time (1 John 1:8); the reason is because we are not continually adding these qualities as we should; to overcome sin, we need to do more than stop sinning, we must actively pursue those things which are good

The Entrance into the Eternal Kingdom

  • We have the way of heaven open to us (John 14:2-3; Hebrews 6:19-20) – it can be “abundantly supplied” to us; not in doubt; we “overwhelmingly conquer” (Romans 8:37)
  • But we must continually add these things to our faith – this is what it means to be faithful until death (Rev. 2:10)

Conclusion

  • The Lord made it so that we can be saved eternally in heaven
  • In order to reach that reward, we must live by faith – continually adding to our faith
  • Let us not become complacent, but rather be diligent so that we can reach that reward

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