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 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.  

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:3-7).

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

“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).

“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 family to marriage to a Bridegroom to 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 our virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love.  Faith, like all of the other aspects that grow from it, become the fruits 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 our 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 Biblical knowledge of God teaches us about His divine power, His Holy Spirit  and gives us everything we need for to share in His divine nature.  Earnestly seeking to add knowledge to our faith is the first step to spiritual maturity culminating in brotherly love.  Knowledge of God’s Word allows us to escape from the moral decay that is in the world and keeps us from the corruption of lust and greed.  Adding knowledge to our faith takes effort and persistence, but it brings reward.

Adding to our  faith is not about ‘legalism’ and  ‘works of salvation’ because adding never suggests losing. This fear of losing faith 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’ claiming to have faith.   They are impotent for the Kingdom of God.   Persisting in adding to our faith will set an example of faith-works for others and  end to the enemy’s schemes by saying,  “I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18).

Faith is what makes us Abraham’s children.  As his children of faith, it should be our heart’s desire to grow in that faith as Abraham did.  Our growth will become 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 Tent Stake Ministries

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