Friday, June 25, 2010
:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
We are to be like our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in everyway we possibly can be. He told us to be holy, because He is holy.
4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
If being a Christian causes us to have to go through some torture and torment, then we better be praising God through it all, and not be ashamed. You've all probably heard the saying: "If you are on trial for being a Chistian, will there be enough evidence to convict you?" If you are on trial for being a Christian, there better be some hard evidence to back it up. Because if there isn't any........
2Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
: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.
: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.
If we diligently gain faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity; and they abound in us, we will great knowledge in Jesus. But, if we do not have these things in us, then we will be too blind to that knowledge.
The next chapters are Ezekiel 1-6.