Second Peter and Deconstruction, Part 5.
The point of Peter’s letter is Christlikeness. Knowledge of Christ empowers us from within, changing us as we partake of Jesus’ divine nature through our interpersonal knowledge of Him. This intimate, participatory knowledge of Christ empowered Peter to truly believe, even when facing death.
This knowledge, epignosis in Koine Greek, is acquired by thorough and active participation on our part as we seek to know Christ and to live as a follower of His, changing our behavior and religious life to conform to Him. We are now, have been, and will continue to be personally involved in knowing God and Jesus our Lord.
Our faith is not merely about head knowledge. It is about transformation.
Solid knowledge of Christ and the Scriptures convicts and transforms us.
Therefore, our growing knowledge of Christ is always followed by significant action, evidence of growth and change in us as we comprehend more thoroughly what God’s Word is telling us.
Our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ is as precious and as valuable as the faith of the apostles. Grace and peace are ours in abundance through our intimate knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1:2 ).Solid knowledge of Christ and the Scriptures convicts and transforms us. Therefore, our growing knowledge of Christ is always followed by significant action, evidence of growth and change. #KnowingGod #ChristWithUs Click To Tweet
Grace, spoken as a blessing in this greeting, is a free power from God that works in us for our good, without any expectation of return. It becomes active in our day-to-day life through our growing knowledge (epignosis) of God, and one fact in particular — that He has called us to His glory and excellence.Grace is a free power from God that works in us for our good, without any expectation of return. It becomes active in our day-to-day life through our growing knowledge of Christ. #KnowingGod #ChristWithUs Click To Tweet
Peter now pivots in his letter, turning toward even more application.
After urging us toward pursuit of the knowledge of Christ that results in a deeper intimacy with Him and our receipt of all of His great and precious promises, now Peter turns toward more application of the blessings of our intimate knowledge of Christ.
Knowing Christ with intimacy as we do, what else are we to add to our faith? What is the outcome of our faith? How can we expend our earnest effort to serve Christ with diligence and zeal?
Peter spells it out for us, point by point.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9 NIV).
Next week we’ll examine these in more detail. For now, ponder on all the ways your life has changed since you have begun to grow in your knowledge of the Lord, His ways, and His instructions.
How have you been changed? What did the Lord use to bring about your transformation?
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