God has given us everything we need through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Peter’s conclusion is we should, therefore, make every effort to add virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love to our faith. When we do that we will be fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In other words, God didn’t send Jesus merely so we would believe some things. He sent Jesus so we would be changed by that faith. Being changed, we give every effort to become like Jesus, partaking in the divine nature. We are to make every effort and be all the more diligent. God has given us all we need, now lets get to work using that gift to be like God and glorify Him.
Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Peter 2-3.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, did you catch Peter’s statement about reminding his readers. Sometimes we want to hear something once and then get on with it. That is not how God’s Word works. We need reminding. We may think we can read a passage once or hear a sermon once and then we’re good on that subject. Not so. Not only do we need to hear it again because we’ll learn something new, but we need to hear it again because we’ve forgotten more than we realize. Keep reading, then come back some time and read this again, then read it again. Peter left this passage behind as a constant reminder, let all the Bible be your constant reminder.
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