Topic: NOW THAT YOU ARE SAVED I– Wednesday February 7th 2018
Memorise: And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. Hebrews 6:11
Read: 2nd Peter 1:5-8 (KJV)
1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
1:8 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.
After you have been saved by the grace that is in Jesus Christ our Lord, you need to understand the nature of the new life that is in you, so that you can begin to exhibit its character. If you do not understand the fundamentals of the Christian faith and get to know what God expects of you now that you are saved, you will end up becoming a caricature of what you should be in the sight of God. May that never be your portion in Jesus’ Name.
The text of our Bible reading lays out in plain terms what God expects of you when you become saved. In this passage of scripture, after reminding us of our new life in Christ, Apostle Peter admonishes us to be diligent in going beyond the rudimentary salvation experience. According to him, we must add to our faith virtue. Now, what is virtue? Virtue, simply explained, is a kind of behaviour that exhibits high morals standards. This is food for thought for all children of God, because there is a tendency to assume that once we profess to be born again, good behaviour is no longer important. On the contrary, it is after we have experienced the regeneration of the heart that a high moral standard is most expected of us. The new life that Christ gives is a life of virtue. It is a life that produces good character in those who process it. if you claim to have received this new life, the resultant virtue it produces must be glaring for the whole world to see. The early Church did not lose sight of this spiritual obligation, and for this reason the leading apostle admonishes us to add virtue to our professed faith. 2nd Peter 1:5 says, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;”
In like manner, another apostle of the Lord, writing in James 2:18, says, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
Although good works do not bring about redemption, redemption produces good works in us. As children of God, the Bible encourages us to be of good behaviour so that our Father in heaven may be glorified (1st Timothy 3:2, Titus 2:3).Unbelievers should not catch us with any vices; rather we should be virtuous enough to convince the world that only in Christ can a good and acceptable life be lived. We are born again to be law-abiding, even though we are not law-abiding to be born again. Yes, being born again is the work of grace, but the evidence of its genuineness should be substantial for all to see.
Prayer Point: Father, please help me to be in true representative of the faith I profess to practice.
Open Heaven Daily Devotional, written by Pastor E.A Adeboye, The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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