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The Life of Faith

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The Christian Life Begins with Faith.
Peter called it “like precious faith.”
It means that our standing with the Lord today is the same as that of the Apostles centuries ago.
They had no special advantage over us simply because they were privileged to walk with Christ, see Him with their own eyes, and share in His miracles.
It is not necessary to see the Lord with our human eyes in order to love Him, trust Him, and share His glory.
We are not saved by seeing the Lord but by believing the Lord.
This faith is in a person (vv. 1–2).
2 Peter 1:1–2 NASB 2020
1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
That Person is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Saviour.
From the very outset of his letter, Peter affirmed the deity of Jesus Christ.
“God” and “our Saviour” are not two different Persons; they describe one Person, Jesus Christ.

What does this wonderful title mean?

A savior is “one who brings salvation,” and the word salvation was familiar to the people of that day.
In their vocabulary, it meant “deliverance from trouble,” particularly “deliverance from the enemy.”
It also carried the idea of “health and safety.”
A physician was looked on as a savior because he helped deliver the body from pain and limitations.
A victorious general was a savior because he delivered the people from defeat.
Even a wise official was a savior because he kept the nation in order and delivered it from confusion and decay.
It requires little insight to see how the title “Saviour” applies to our Lord Jesus Christ.
He is, indeed, the Great Physician who heals the heart from the sickness of sin.
He is the victorious Conqueror who has defeated our enemies—sin, death, Satan, and hell—
And is leading us in triumph.
2 Corinthians 2:14 NASB 2020
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us reveals the fragrance of the knowledge of Him in every place.
In order to be our Saviour, He had to give His life on the cross and die for the sins of the world.

What we get from the object of faith:

2 Peter 1:1–2 NASB 2020
1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
Our Lord Jesus Christ has three “spiritual commodities” that can be secured from nobody else: righteousness, grace, and peace.
When you trust Him as your Saviour, His righteousness becomes your righteousness and you are given a right standing before God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB 2020
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
You could never earn this righteousness; it is the gift of God to those who believe.
Titus 3:5 NASB 2020
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we did in righteousness, but in accordance with His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
Grace is God’s favor to the undeserving.
God in His mercy does not give us what we do deserve; God in His grace gives us what we don’t deserve.
The result of this experience is peace.
Peace with God (Rom. 5:1) and the peace of God (Phil. 4:6–7).
In fact, God’s grace and peace are “multiplied” toward us as we walk with Him and trust His promises.
This faith involves God’s power (v. 3).
2 Peter 1:3 NASB 2020
3 for His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
The Christian life begins with saving faith, faith in the person of Jesus Christ.
But when you know Jesus Christ personally, you also experience God’s power, and this power produces “life and godliness.”

What kind of life?

The unsaved sinner is dead.
Ephesians 2:1 NASB 2020
1 And you were dead in your offenses and sins,
And only Christ can raise him from the dead.
John 5:24 NASB 2020
24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44).
Get rid of the graveclothes!
When you are born into the family of God by faith in Christ, you are born complete.
God gives you everything you will ever need “for life and godliness.”
Nothing has to be added!
Colossians 2:10 NASB 2020
10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over every ruler and authority;
False teachers always claim that they had a “special doctrine” that would add something to the lives of people.
But Peter knew that nothing could be added.
Just as a normal baby is born with all the “equipment” he needs for life and only needs to grow, so the Christian has all that is needed and only needs to grow.
God never has to call back any of His “models” because something is lacking or faulty.
Just as a baby has a definite genetic structure that determines how he will grow, so the believer is “genetically structured” to experience “glory and virtue.”
One day he will be like the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:29 NASB 2020
29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters;
1 John 3:2 NASB 2020
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
We have been “called … to His eternal glory”, and we shall share that glory when Jesus Christ returns and takes His people to heaven.
This faith involves God’s promises
2 Peter 1:4 NASB 2020
4 Through these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world on account of lust.
Lets talk about this divine nature that God has given all those who trust in Him:
A baby shares the nature of its parents, and a person born of God shares the divine nature of God.
The lost sinner is dead, but the Christian is alive because he shares the divine nature.
The lost sinner is decaying because of his corrupt nature, but the Christian can experience a dynamic life of godliness because he has God’s divine nature within.
Mankind is under the bondage of corruption (Rom. 8:21), but the believer shares the freedom and growth that is a part of possessing the divine nature.
The nature of a thing tells you the heart of the thing.
Nature determines appetite.
The pig wants slop and the dog will even eat its own vomit, but the sheep desires green pastures.
If nature determines appetite, and we have God’s nature within, then we ought to have an appetite for that which is pure and holy.
Nature also determines behavior.
An eagle flies because it has an eagle’s nature and a dolphin swims because that is the nature of the dolphin.
Our behavior ought to be like that of the Father, and we ought to live in the kind of “spiritual environment” that is suited to our nature.
Nature determines environment:
squirrels climb trees, moles burrow underground, and trout swim in the water. Nature also determines association: lions travel in prides, sheep in flocks, and fish in schools.
We ought to associate with that which is true to our nature. The only normal, fruit-bearing life for the child of God is a godly life.
If we feed the new nature the nourishment of the Word, then we will have little interest in the garbage of the world.
But if we “make provision for the flesh”, our sinful nature will lust after the “old sins” and we will disobey God.


Godly living is the result of cultivating the new nature within.
Godly living is not a matter of will power but God power.
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