Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Peter offers four incredible promises on the condition that these qualities be fully supplied to your active faith.
FIRST: The promise of productivity! Peter says: For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you are careful to add these qualities or action-steps to your faith and continue to grow in them, you will experience outstanding fruitfulness in your life.
SECOND: The promise of perspective! Peter says: For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. If you lack these 8 qualities or action-steps, you will be blind-not be able to see where you are, short-sighted-not be able to see where you’re going, and forget how your sins have been forgiven-not be able to see where you’ve been.
THIRD: The promise of protection! Peter says: Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble. If you not only embrace these 8 qualities or action-steps for yourself, but practice them, you will never, in any way stumble.
FOURTH: The promise of prosperity! Here Peter says: for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ, will be abundantly supplied to you. You will be presented a special entrance into the Kingdom with all of its abundance.
He says be diligent to supply all these things to your faith-virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly love and agape love. The word “supply” is an interesting term. As we discussed several days ago, it means that you are to fully underwrite or sponsor these qualities to your faith. It was used in the Greek city-states and referred to a wealthy citizen who was asked to underwrite or sponsor the next big event for the city.
You aren’t to pray for these things, but you are to do these things and practice them with your faith. You are to do them-virtue (an initial step of commitment), experiential knowledge, self-control (self-strength), perseverance (the ability to hang in there), then when you have been hanging in there through the difficult times, you will learn so much and acquire qualities of godliness. Don’t try to do these things alone, but practice brotherly love and then supply unconditional, agape love to your faith.
What’s very interesting is that the same term is used in the fourth promise. Only this time, it is said that God will abundantly supply (underwrite or sponsor) a special entrance into the Kingdom just for you. The image here is an Olympic Champion who is welcomed home by making him a special door or gate named for him to honor him. In this case, if you richly supply these qualities or action-steps to your faith, God will abundantly supply this sort of special entrance for you. And it won’t be just a gate to the city, but an entrance into the Kingdom of God.