What is the Divine Plan for the Development of Christian Character?
Who is doing the multiplying?
“In the second letter addressed by Peter to those who had obtained “like precious faith” with himself, the apostle sets forth the divine plan for the development of Christian character. He writes:”
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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: 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.
Name the character quality needed in the Math problem found in 2 Peter 1
What principle of Mathematics is used?
“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.”
Where is the” Ladder of Christian Progress” found?
What does every step represent?
How are we saved?
How is He made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption?
“These words are full of instruction, and strike the keynote of victory. The apostle presents before the believers the ladder of Christian progress, every step of which represents advancement in the knowledge of God, and in the climbing of which there is to be no standstill. Faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity are the rounds of the ladder. We are saved by climbing round after round, mounting step after step, to the height of Christ’s ideal for us. Thus He is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”1
What will be manifest in God’s people?
How are God’s children made complete in Him?
“God has called His people to glory and virtue, and these will be manifest in the lives of all who are truly connected with Him. Having become partakers of the heavenly gift, they are to go on unto perfection, being “kept by the power of God through faith.” 1 Peter 1:5.
It is the glory of God to give His virtue to His children. He desires to see men and women reaching the highest standard; and when by faith they lay hold of the power of Christ, when they plead His unfailing promises, and claim them as their own, when with an importunity that will not be denied they seek for the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be made complete in Him.” 2
What is the foundation of all true education and all true service?
What is the only real safeguard against temptation?
What “alone” can make one like God in character?
Through the knowledge of ______ and HIs ______ ________ ________, are given to the believer “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.”
Will any good gift be withheld from you? What character quality is needed to obtain the righteousness of God?
“Having received the faith of the gospel, the next work of the believer is to add to his character virtue, and thus cleanse the heart and prepare the mind for the reception of the knowledge of God. This knowledge is the foundation
of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real safeguard against temptation; and it is this alone that can make one like God in character. Through the knowledge of God and of His Son Jesus Christ, are given to the believer “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.” No good gift is withheld from him who sincerely desires to obtain the righteousness of God.”3
What is the Mathematic equation to victory over sin in God’s divine plan of development?
Add diligently to my faith and God will multiply grace and peace.
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2 Peter 1
1 Acts of the Apostles page 529-530
2 Acts of the Apostles page 530.2
3 Acts of the Apostles page 530.3