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How Do I Advance My walk with God #1

2 Peter 1:5-9                             


Verses 3 and 4 show that God has given us all that is necessary for the divine life. Because He has, we must be diligent in cultivating it. God does not make us holy against our will or without our involvement. There must be desire, determination, and discipline on our part.
                                        2 Peter 1:3,4

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2 Peter 1:5

Giving all diligence. Greek, "Bringing in all zeal or effort." as one translation states. The meaning is, that we ought to make this a distinct and definite object, and to apply ourselves to it as a thing to be accomplished. We are to strive to possess and exhibit all these virtues; in other words, we are not to content ourselves with a single one, but are to cultivate all the others.

Although we are born again from above, and we participate in the divine nature, it does not rule out human activity. Sanctification is a work of God in which believers cooperate.

We are saved by faith through grace, sure, that is a fact but this saving faith does not continue by itself. The recipient has certain responsibilities!

Therefore we need to make every effort to add to our faith…

To make every effort requires both zeal and seriousness in the pursuit of holiness and then adding, in the sense of gathering to have a full display or to exhibit. 

1. Our Responsibility is to focus on accumulating (gather together, esp. over a period of time) the following virtues:

         Faith            Goodness             Knowledge 

It all begins with FAITH. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith seems to be the hub to which the spokes are attached 

Now add GOODNESS = moral excellence. also implies: impression made on others.

It may also be that virtue here means spiritual courage before a hostile world, the strength to stand for what is right.

Let us live a life that is committed to our belief and to stand firm under any form of trial without wavering and let us reflect a spirit of excellence.

Now add KNOWLEDGE = Advance into the will of God
It is every believers responsibility to live a godly life

1 John 2:3-6                  Titus 1:16

16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

John 15:6

6 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

How Do I Advance My walk with God? By accumulating (gather together, esp. over a period of time) the following virtues:

Faith                 Goodness                 Knowledge