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Adding to your faith……grace and peace multiplied…… 

Verses 5-7 of the first chapter of 2 Peter read like this in KJV:

 2Pe 1:5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

 2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

 2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

 Now let’s take a closer look at verse 5 in several translations:

 2Pe 1:5 ¶ So, for this very cause, take every care; joining virtue to faith, and knowledge to virtue,  (Basic Bible English)

2Pe 1:5 ¶ But for this very reason also, using therewith all diligence, in your faith have also virtue, in virtue knowledge,  (Darby)

2Pe 1:5 ¶ And this same also–all diligence having brought in besides, superadd in your faith the worthiness, and in the worthiness the knowledge, (Young’s Literal Translation)

 Maybe I can help with some notes on this verse.  In the KJV, see the phrase, “beside this, giving?”  Literally it is “bringing in by the side of.”  “”pareisphero”

 Keep in mind that we learned that this world system of corruption and destruction – the political system, the health care system, the whatever system – operates in the sphere of lust (lust for power, money, fame, etc.) in verse 4.  Bondservants with a “received” faith highly valued, have power to be Godly because of the deeper knowledge of the One who called us to great and exceeding promises.   “Now, for this very reason” (NASB), we are to bring in beside these great and exceeding promises the following qualities.

 These are not arranged as stair steps with faith being the bottom step, then virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and the top step being charity (love).

 Instead of steps, think of timed photography of a rosebud opening.  Faith is the stem, rooted and grounded in the Word of the Kingdom, bearing fruit unto every good work.  Then an essential quality in the exercise of faith is virtue……etc.

 (Note: the phrase, “an essential quality in the exercise of” is not original with me.  I studied this a long time ago and didn’t record my source.  I do remember struggling with an illustration for better understanding and coming up with the rose photography example – or maybe I got it “on loan” from another source.  That part of “membering” escapes me.)

 Moving on! Let me do a “mary’s paraphrase” from previous word studies.

 An essential quality in the exercise of faith is virtue – manly energy, courage, purpose – acting in a purposeful courageous manner in the energy of the Spirit.

 An essential quality in the exercise of purposeful courage is knowledge – acquired by learning, effort, or experience.

 An essential quality in the exercise of knowledge acquired by effort (studying) is temperance – self-control (which means living and doing what we know pleases God, since this follows “knowledge”).

 An essential quality in the exercise of living godly is patience – abiding in God’s will under a trial/testing – enduring hardships, chastisements – patiently bearing fruit – keeping on keeping on in the race set before us.

 An essential quality in the exercise of enduring hardships is godliness – “to be devout,” denotes that piety which, characterized by a Godward attitude, does that which is well-pleasing to Him.” – Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Greek Words.

 An essential quality in the exercise of a Godward attitude is brotherly kindness – “being kindly affectioned one to another in brotherly love – in honor preferring one another.” Rm. 12:10  (note: for definition of “brother see blog entitled, “Focus on the Family.”)

 An essential quality in the exercise of preferring one another with honor is charity

 “Agape and agapao are used in the NT (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, Joh_17:26; the human race, generally, Joh_3:16; Rom_5:8, and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ particularly Joh_14:21; (b) to convey His wiil to His children concerning their attitude one toward another, Joh_13:34, and toward all men, 1Th_3:12; 1Co_16:14; 2Pe_1:7; (c) to express the essential nature of God, 1Jo_4:8.

“Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1Jo_4:9, 1Jo_4:10. But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Rom_5:8. It was an exercise of the divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself, Cf. Deu_7:7, Deu_7:8.

“Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2Co_5:14; Eph_2:4; Eph_3:19; Eph_5:2; Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian, Gal_5:22.

“Christian love has God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all in implicit obedience to His commandments, Joh_14:15, Joh_14:21, Joh_14:23; Joh_15:10; 1Jo_2:5; 1Jo_5:3; 2Jo_1:6. Selfwill, that is, self-pleasing, is the negation of love to God.

“Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all, Rom_15:2, and works no ill to any, Rom_13:8-10; love seeks opportunity to do good to ‘all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith,’ Gal_6:10. See further 1 Corinthians 13 and Col_3:12-14.”*

* From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 105.


November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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