We were listening to a sermon today by Warren Zehrung – Sabbath Church of God entitled Faith is Everything. During the service a scripture was quoted about things that we needed to add to our faith. In 2 Peter 1, Peter tells us to add to our Faith a number of things:

  1. Virtue
  2. Knowledge
  3. Temperance
  4. Patience
  5. Godliness
  6. Brotherly Kindness
  7. Love

It goes on to say why these things are so important;

2Pe 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.
2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Notice that it tells us that if these things abound in us that we will not be without fruit. It even goes on to say that if we do these things we WILL NEVER FAIL! Now that is quite a promise right there. But look further at the scripture right in the middle. I had read over this many times without connecting the dots so to speak.

Verse 9 is saying if we lack these things then we are BLIND! Do you get that?

I am always trying to figure out why the bulk of the Laodicean ERA of the church is considered to be BLIND, by God. WHY? HOW?

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

I have quoted these scriptures many times on this site and I no doubt will continue to do so considering the mission we have here. Could this passage of scripture indeed be the eyesalve that Laodicea desperately needs to be able to truly see again?

2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Our faith is perfected and our salvation assured PLUS the blindness is not there if these things are: Virtue, Knowledge, Temperance, Patience, Godliness’ Brotherly Kindness and Love.

The scales will fall away from our eyes if we add these things to our Faith. Have you ever considered that we might be blind because we have not gone the extra mile to add these things to our faith? Notice WE have to ADD these things, not God. He gave us the tools to do so but we have to apply them.

Notice: Luk_17:10  So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. 

Sure we have the Laws, the Sabbath, the Holy Days but doing all that was only what we were commanded to do. Here in the scriptures above is what God expects us to do to Grow in Grace and Knowledge and unity of the faith unto a perfect man.

Eph_4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

So now we know all that’s left is to WAKEUP! 😀

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