Friday, March 13, 2015

Addition Multiplied ~ DeVonne Reed

2 Peter 1:1-8 KJV

1. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith (of EQUAL privilege with ours) with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: (All believers have EQUAL standing and SHARE the same blessings).

2. Grace and peace be MULTIPLIED (abundance) unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord;

Grace: unmerited favor.

Peace: sense of well being and the attendant blessings that a person enjoys because of a RIGHT relationship with Christ.

3. According as his divine power hath given unto us (resources HE provides everything) ALL things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory (HIS OWN GLORY) and virtue: (goodness).

A combination of glory and goodness, refer to the moral EXCELLENCE of CHRIST.

4. Whereby are given unto us EXCEEDING great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers (participate in) of the divine nature, having escaped (Jesus Christ offers and is the ONLY WAY to escape) the corruption that is in the world through lust (evil desires).

It is only through faith, I build my foundation on God's love. Then, I may start ADDING each one of these qualities together, that SPRING from the previous one.

5. And beside this,  (for this very reason) giving all diligence, (make every effort) ADD to your faith virtue; (goodness) and to virtue knowledge;

6. And to knowledge temperance; (self-control) and to temperance patience; (perseverance) and to patience godliness;

7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (LOVE).

I "added" verse 8.

8. For IF these things be IN YOU, (IF you possess these qualities) and ABOUND, (they increasing measure) they MAKE you (keep you from being) that ye shall neither be barren (ineffective) nor unfruitful (unproductive) in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GOD'S addition sums it ALL up!

Here is the math. You do it!

Adding: faith + goodness + knowledge + self-control + perseverance + godliness + brotherly kindness + LOVE = ABOUNDING, EFFECTIVE, PRODUCTIVE, KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

D'sHeart <3

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