What do Christians have, through salvation, that the world needs? The answer, from the author’s study, is twofold. The more commonly stated reason is to avoid going to Hell for eternity. Two, salvation gives the Christian the power over sin. Peter in his second epistle begins the book with the description of such power as well as a call to be a fruitful Christian.
II Peter 1:3 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
This verse is referring to what a person gains upon salvation. Once a person is saved, he receives all of “things that pertain unto life and godliness.” That sounds great, but a question to this statement might be: Why? Peter uses the final phrase of the verse to answer that question: “through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” The purpose of the unsaved man in this world is to glorify himself or gain temporal rewards. The purpose of the Christian in this world is to glorify God and gain Heavenly rewards. There must be a mindset change in the heart of the Christian who follows after the ways of the unsaved man. Peter goes on to discuss the world’s corruption in the next verse.
II Peter 1:4 – Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Peter is effectually saying that because the Christian is saved, he is to take part in serving God instead of serving lust. Once a person is saved, they ought not to be doing activities that the Bible states as wrong and the world finds to be acceptable. For example, Christians ought not to listen to music that does not honor God, as it is self-serving to the flesh. Our flesh is not to be served; it is to be kept under control.
II Peter 1:5-8 – And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter then lists a group of characteristics that are needed to be fruitful for God. Rather than chasing worldly desires, the Christian should chase godly qualities. The result at the end of verse 8 should be the desire of every Christian, “.”
II Peter 1:9 – But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
This verse describes the Christian who does not have these characteristics and is not pursuing them. Perhaps the pleasures of this present world and the snare of the devil turned his eyes off of God, and he is no longer following after righteousness. Based on the author’s study of the bema seat of Christ where Christian’s lives are examined by God, when this Christian is called before God to give account of his life, it will be a very solemn time. Imagine the scene, if you will. A person became a Christian and went away from God; how would he face the God he turned away from?
If a person claims to be a Christian, let that person live their life so that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind.