Promise for Eternity (5/19/2019)
Updated: May 26, 2019
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge…..to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness…..to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. for if these things are yours and abound, you will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
(2 Peter 1:5-11).
When Peter teaches that adding these attributes will put one into a position that he will “never stumble,” he means the Christian creates a strong defense against falling and losing his salvation. Otherwise, this teaching contradicts the teaching in the first part of verse ten: that a Christian has the choice of making his call and election sure.
Christians work diligently to “supply” the Christian attributes, and God supplies the “entrance.” With this combination, we have an “abundant” opportunity to go to heaven.
Those who have been faithful to God will be admitted into the “everlasting kingdom” that Jesus has prepared for us. It is His kingdom and He will deliver it to His Father at the end of the world—it will last forever, never to be destroyed.