Growth is Intentional
II Peter 1:1-11
May 6, 2007
v. 1 - "a servant (bondservant) of Jesus Christ"
He is to watch for souls (not be the judge of souls)
"obtained like precious faith....through the
righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus
There is no respect of persons with God - in His
righteousness He bestows like precious faith on
all who come to Him through Christ, without
distinction of race or country!
v. 3 - "His divine power hath given to us all
things that pertain unto life and
The ceaseless activity of God's providence and grace.
Every command which God gives carries a promise
of all grace needed for obedience to it!
"godliness" - reverence - true piety towards God
v. 4 - "given to us exceeding great and precious
promises" - and they will be certainly
fulfilled in all their depth of meaning!
"that by these ye might be partakers of the
Divine nature" - positively - not mere forgiveness of
sins, not mere remission of the penalty but the blessed
and holy purpose of God in restoration to the Divine
"That ye might be filled unto all the fullness of God"
solace for our hearts, strength for our wills, stimulus
for our desires - they are not only "precious" but
"Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness" - Genesis 1:26
"changed into the same image from glory to glory"
II Cor. 3:18
By continual growth made "partakers of
Christ" - Heb 3:14 - "partakers of the Holy Ghost" -
John 17:20-23, 14:16-17,23
"having escaped the corruption that is in the world
through lust" - negatively - the prevalence of the
lower over the higher principles of our nature -
where there is an inversion of the Divine order,
society must go into corruption - towards which
we have gravitated and fallen!
carnality leads to death - Romans 8:5-8
Becoming partakers of the Divine nature and
escaping the corruption in the world through lust
are two aspects of the Christian life and they must
go on simultaneously.
Notice the effects of corruption on the antediluvian
world - Genesis 6:12
Also on the modern world - I John 2:16
vs. 5-7 - God’s precious gifts and promises should
stimulate us to earnest effort!
The Infinite and the finite working together - the
Christian willing to spend and to be spent.
"He that saveth his life shall lose it" - Matt. 16:25
Phil. 1:6 - "Being confident of this very thing, that
He which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"
I Thess. 5:24 - "Faithful is He that calleth you who
also will do it"
“beside this, giving all diligence” - earnestness,
zeal - increased exertion -
The Divine doing is no reason for us doing
nothing - "Why stand ye here idle?" was the
question of Jesus.
It is God’s work but we are to do our part -
Our hearts are the chosen temple of God; we
must furnish that temple richly with Christian
graces - its proper decorations!
Beginning with faith and ending with love.
If ye have not yet believed, you need to cooperate
with God in believing!
"This is the work of God that ye believe on Him
whom He hath sent" - John 6:29
Add: (1) virtue - Christian manliness
(2) knowledge - discretion, right understanding
between good and evil - obtained
only in face-to-face communion
with God through the teaching of
(3) temperance - self-control - governing all
(4) patience - endurance and submission
(5) godliness - reverence and piety towards God
(6) brotherly kindness -
(7) charity/love -
A character which nature cannot produce! Many try
to be holy without saving faith - it is a useless effort -
No grace can remain alone - it is gradually formed in
the soul and tends to develop and strengthen the others
and they meet in the highest grace - LOVE
Love is the sunshine on the whole landscape of
Beware of being men of one grace - the believer is not
to be contented until he has acquired all the graces.
The nearer one draws to the Heavenly Father, the
Fountain of all love, the more fervently out of a
pure heart they will love one another.
All graces meet in love - it is the crown and center
of the Christian character.
"giving all diligence" - diligence implies personal effort -
Speedy and spontaneous sanctification is what we would
prefer but the idea is not encouraged by Scripture - true
growth takes time!
220 year old tree at the University of the Cumberlands -
didn't happen overnight!
Sanctification is progressive and demands constant
v. 8 - “For if these things be in you and abound” -
this implies actual possession - these graces must
be made our own and be ingrained in our
characters where they are to increase and
They make you productive and fruitful - “ye shall
neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ” - THE GOAL!
The Bible says Jesus “went about doing good” - Acts 10:38
So should we.
v. 9 - “he that lacketh these things is blind, and
cannot see afar off”
nearsighted - myopia - only seeing the things
that lie close about him - the earth and earthly
things and sees neither “the land that is very
far off...(nor) the king in His beauty” - Isaiah 33:17
He cannot discern the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ;
he cannot see the awful realities of the eternal world;
he cannot discern the spiritual powers working in
He works more for the meat that perishes than for
that which endures to eternal life.
"forgotten that he was purged from his old sins"
The assurance of pardoned sin is the strongest
stimulus to piety.
v. 10 - Because God has given such good gifts to men
and their use leads to fuller knowledge - we are
to “give diligence” in daily life, making our
“calling and election sure” - it is to be a life-long
The Scripture bids us “work out our salvation
in fear and trembling” - Phil. 2:12 for it is
possible to “receive the grace of God in vain” -
II Cor. 6:11 or to “frustrate the grace of God” -
“if ye do these things ye shall never fall”
Rupp Arena/2006 - walking down the end zone
and made a misstep - tumbling
Beware - Matthew 21:42-44
If ye do these things you will never make such a
stumble as would prevent your entrance into the
kingdom of heaven.
v. 11 - implies degrees of rewards in heaven -
“entrance...ministered unto you abundantly”
Bro. Bob mentioned an entrance into heaven for
Mrs. Underwood. 5/5/2007
It is no base or average kingdom - it is an
“everlasting kingdom” - Luke 1:31-33 Isaiah 9:7