Growth in Grace
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With what words
does the Apostle Peter close his second epistle?
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18.
How may grace
and peace be multiplied in believers?
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of
God, and of Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2.
What has our
heavenly Father given to us, to enable us to become partakers of the divine
"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." 2 Peter 1:4.
What graces, or
qualities of character, are we to add in our character building?
"Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and
to knowledge temperance [self-control]; and to temperance patience; and
to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to
brotherly kindness charity." Verses 5-7.
NOTE. - Faith is
the first round in the Christian ladder, the first step Godward. "He that
cometh to God must believe." Hebrews 11:6.
But an inoperative faith is
useless. "Faith without works is dead." James 2:20. To be of
value, there must be coupled with faith virtue, or moral
What does the
Bible tell us about charity?
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh
not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in
iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 "And
above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall
cover the multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8.
What is another
name for charity?
"And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of
perfectness." Colossians 3:14.
What is the
result of cultivating these eight precious attributes?
"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
What is the
condition of one who lacks these graces?
"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." Verse 9.
What promise is
given to those who will patiently add grace to grace?
"If ye do these things, ye shall never fall." Verse 10.