Let’s begin to take a close look at the Christian virtues, or components of Christian character listed in 2 Peter chapter 1. Faith is the foundation, the beginning point. Then we must diligently work to add the seven elements that help us to be productive in God’s service. We understand that these virtues or Christian graces are similar to the fruit of the Spirit, found in Gal. 5:22-23. Paul stresses the divine aid available to us. Peter stresses human responsibility.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb. 11:1, 6). We believe in God even though we do not see him face to face. His creation powerfully declares his existence: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands…There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard” (Psa. 19:1, 3). How could the world come into existence? Only by the hand of almighty God (Gen. 1:1; Heb. 11:3). The world was made by God and it is held together by God (John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17). Creation demands that we believe in God (Rom. 1:19-20). One who fails to believe in God is without excuse (Psa. 14:1).
The same is true of Jesus, the Son of God (John 8:24). We have been given ample evidence that his claim to be the only begotten Son of God is true (John 1:14; John 20:30-31). This faith leads us to obey the Gospel and be saved (Rom. 16:25-26). Stay tuned…
To be a child of God is the greatest privilege we have, but we also have responsibility. May God bless us all as we work with his Spirit to develop the character the Father expects of his children. TC