...as it is written. Your walk has only begun.
II Peter 1:2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue, 4by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As for those rulers who deny him..Psalm 2: 1Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, 3"Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us." 4He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. ... v10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Server the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way. When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Remember, Peter didn't realize his "lack of faith" until too late. Christ looked at him right in the eye after Peter had denied him three times. Peter teaches us well to look deeper into our hearts and to add to our faith that serviceable attitude. WE read how Christ worked on Peter's heart many times, "feed my sheep" three times and the casting of the nets from the fishing boat. Then of course the denying Him three times after saying, Mark 14:29-31. "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!".
Jesus tested him on the fishing boat. Peter told Jesus, v5, we've tried all day Jesus, we're the fishermen and I say we caught nothing, but ok your the minister, we'll let the nets' down. See what happens in Luke 5:8? Peter repented after hearing a sermon by Christ to a thousand people and he didn't believe. He saw the fish and THEN believed. How much greater is your faith now than Peter's was then.
How can Peter or anyone who had betrayed a friend make right what happens in Luke 22:61? Peter again, in v62 suffers the grief of a heart which betrayed a friend, his Lord. What a tremendous moment of grief to have to endure and I'm sure for his whole life. That moment, I believe, is what what made Peter a great teacher. He had passed through the deepest of many of the "acid baths" in his life, the brokenness of spirit. He understood how to counsel the rest of the church.
May God richly bless you in your life's sanctification process.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
And those who have not heard shall understand.
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