Topic: Add Up (1)
Text: 2 Peter 1:1 – 5
2 Peter 1:5
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
The desire of God for His children is that we should be full of Him. He wants us to share in His divine nature. He has made it possible for us to share in His divine nature through His Holy Son, Jesus. He has wholly emptied us of the life of sin, which is in opposition to His Nature when He crushes our sin on the Cross of Calvary. And has given us a new life; this life God gave, we must nurture unto the fullness of His Being.
To achieve this Apostle, Peter admonishes us to add up to our faith virtue. Put up an excellent character marked with the strength to stay in righteousness; A life full of power to live righteously. Scripture says of Jesus Christ our Lord, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.” Righteousness is that excellent character that beautifies you. It is that beautiful garment you are robed in that makes men marvel.
Man, in himself, lacks the power to act right. We are to add up a persistent excellent character daily, guided by the Truth (God’s Word) in all areas of our life. Abound in righteous works and vehemently hate sin. Righteousness is that virtue that we should top-up daily to enjoy God.
The next add-up we need in our life is knowledge. To our excellent character, we are also to increase in knowledge. Knowledge is that sense of spiritual discernment the Holy Spirit gives you to discern the good from evil. It is that quick understanding and wisdom of God that keeps you in the will of God.
All the two “add ups” we’ve discussed are only possible, by the indwelling working power, of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Therefore, daily communion with Christ brings the fullness of the Holy Spirit in you; Him alone does the work, but you must be full of Him.
Prayer: Holy Father, shed the love of Christ in my heart afresh. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and with fire. Empower me to live for your glory.
FURTHER STUDY: Philippians 4:8; Colossians 1:9
A YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Joshua 4, 5, 6; Luke 1: 1 – 20