Making Your Calling and Election Sure
When we come to faith in Christ, by His power, He gives us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (v. 3). This comes through the knowledge of Christ who has “called us.” The call of God is always effectual. It is so effectual, we see that “we becomes partakers of the divine nature” (v. 4). So as believers, we are now able to be “like God” or in other words, “Christlike.” But this is not realized without our effort. We cannot be passive in the pursuit of holiness. We must be active in pursuing Christlikeness. Doing this keeps us from being “ineffective or unfruitful” (v. 8). In actively pursuing Christ, Peter tells us to pursue a number of qualities. In fact, he tells us to “make every effort” to gain these qualities. The qualities he lists are fairly self-explanatory. He tells us to supplement our faith with them. We are not to be content with just faith in Christ, but we are to go deeper in our faith, essentially allowing our faith to change our lives. This is not legalism, but this is bearing fruit, giving evidence of a changed life. We are to supplement our faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love” (vv. 4-7). We are to continuously pursue these. The indication is that we will never “arrive” at perfection in this life, but we are to continuously “increase” throughout our Christian walk. The one who doesn’t has forgotten the gospel (v. 9). So it is the gospel itself that propels us to pursue these. When we are growing in these areas, it is then we can “confirm our calling and election” (v. 10). We all must take the time and seek the discipline to actively pursue Christlikeness and cultivate these qualities. May the Lord be with you today!