Friday, January 29, 2010

#Grow In Your #Knowledge Of #Christ (2 Peter 1)

Theme: Grow in knowledge of Christ

1) By increasing in virtue (1:1-11)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). The more you know about Christ, the more you will conform to  His likeness, by yielding to the Spirit's control in your life  (cf. Rom. 6:1-14).  This passage gives several reasons to increase in your virtue.

Because you have God's nature (3-4)

When you believe, Christ imparts His spiritual life to you, indwelling you through the Holy Spirit (John 14; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:13ff.; 2:1-6).  This makes you a partaker of the divine nature, so that you are now able to serve God.

Because you have escaped corruption (4b, 9)

Christ's blood cleanses even your conscience from sin, so that you are free to serve God (Heb.).  When you trust Christ, the Holy Spirit places you into His death to sin, and resurrection to newness of life.  Not only are you no longer obligated to pay the eternal death penalty of separation from God for your sins, but also, you are no longer obligated to yield to your sinful nature in your daily walk.  As you know your position in Christ, and count this to be true, you may now yield your members as instruments of righteousness to God, by the 
power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:1-14).

Because virtue makes you useful (8)

True knowledge of Christ conforms you to His likeness, and results in godly conduct (1 Tim. 6:3).  The more you know about Him, the more you will act like Him, and the more love you will show toward the brethren.  Increasing in virtue makes you more fruitful and useful for God and the brethren.

Because obedience prevents stumbling (10-11)

1 John 3:10 says you can tell the children of God from the children of the devil by whether or not they practice righteousness and love the brethren.  In your conscience, when you know Christ, you know you should act like Him (Rom. 1:32; 2:14-16).  If you fail to act like Christ, your heart may condemn you, causing you to question whether you are saved, and stumble in your faith.  1 John 3:18-21 says that when you practice love for the brethren, you assure your heart before God, and gain confidence before Him.  Seeing the fruit of God in your life assures you that God has called and elected you to salvation, and that you will receive a rich welcome into His eternal kingdom.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.