2 Peter 1:3-7 – Add To Your Faith

Many times as we share our walk of faith with others, we hear the same grace, law, and ‘working for our salvation’ argument.   None of us are saved by works; our justification is through faith in Messiah Yeshua alone (Ephesians 2:8).    However, according to Peter and the writer of Hebrews, we must add to our faith – knowledge while we earnestly seek His ways in our lives.  

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone that comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

To walk in the ways of Yahweh and to obey His commands is not a denial of Yeshua.  It is adding to our faith in Yeshua  because we desire to please him with our lives.  Faith in God should be the foundation for everything we think, say or do.

“For this very reason, adding your diligence … employ every effort in exercising your faith…” (2 Peter 1:5, Amplified Bible). 

Employing every effort in exercising your faith is not a sit-back-and-relax kind of faith.  It is a faith that is being worked out in our everyday lives to obtain the promises of our Father from adoption into a very large family to being married to a Bridegroom to receiving an inheritance in an eternal Kingdom.   This kind of growing and adding to the faith takes diligence.  To be ‘diligent’ means to apply oneself with dedication, being conscientious, having tenacity and perseverance.

The results of exercising our faith develops virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love.  Faith, like all of the other aspects that grow from it, are evidence of the fruit of the Spirit with the exception of knowledge.  Knowledge of Yahweh, His Word, His ways, and His commands are all-encompassing and teach us about His divine nature and our born-again nature through faith.

“Exercising your faith to develop virtue …, and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge…,  and in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness…, and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness…, and in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] love” (Amplified Bible). 

Having solid Biblical knowledge of God teaches us about His divine power, His Holy Spirit  and gives us everything we need to share in His divine nature as revealed in Yeshua.   Earnestly seeking to add knowledge to our faith is the first step to spiritual maturity that culminates in brotherly love. Knowledge of God’s Word allows us to escape from the moral decay that is envelopes the world around us and keeps us from the corruption of lust and greed.  Adding knowledge to our faith takes effort and persistence, but in the end brings reward.

Adding to our  faith is not ‘legalism’ or  ‘works of salvation’ because the word ‘adding’ never suggests or implies ‘losing anything’. The fear of losing our salvation in the Messiah is a scheme of the enemy to keep us complacent and ineffective in our walk because the he knows “Faith, if not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).  The enemy likes ‘walking dead people’ in the world claiming to have faith that is ultimately powerless.  He loves the impotent for the Kingdom of God.   Adding to our faith through persistence of understanding will set an example of faith-works for others and end the enemy’s schemes by saying,  “I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18).

Ultimately, walking by faith is what makes us children of Abraham.  As his children, it should be our heart’s desire to grow in faith as Abraham did.   Our spiritual growth in faith becomes the testimony of Yeshua in our lives.  By adding knowledge to our faith,  we receive “valuable and superlatively great promises and,  those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith” (2 Peter 1:5, Galatians 3:9).

©2012 Tentstake Ministries

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