2 Peter 1:1-11
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Life & Godliness
What is the difference between life and godliness in verse three? Why does Peter distinguish between the two? The word translated life in this verse means life in the physical sense. It refers to our conduct or manner of living. It includes everything we do in the course of a regular day. The word for godliness is the spiritual aspect of our life. It is a life that is acceptable to God. It is not inward holiness but the outward manifestation of a walk with God. Peter is saying that we have been given everything we need for the physical areas of life as well as the spiritual areas. When one becomes a Christian, he receives everything he needs to be effective in every area of his life, in both the spiritual and physical aspects. Some might think that the Bible and our walk with God have to do only with spiritual things. That is not true!! In salvation and in God’s Word we have been given what we need both in the physical, day to day areas and the spiritual areas of our lives. We possess every thing we need to be a good husband or wife, a good student or employee and a good child and sibling. Are you accessing what you have in those areas?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?