Eager Efforts

Sunday, May 7                                                               

In 2 Pet. 1:10-11 Peter concludes with a strong admonition to take action.  He starts with the word “Therefore.”  On the basis of the message of 1:3-9, this is how you should respond.  Not only should a believer “make every effort,” he should be “eager to make (his) calling and election sure.”  The calling (being chosen) by God was mentioned earlier in v. 3.  The point here is that there should be demonstrable change following conversion.  No noticeable change  might suggest that a person was not chosen.  This has been a perpetual issue in the Church, and is referred to as “Lordship salvation.”  The process of sanctification doesn’t save us.  That would be “works.”  But it does verify conversion.  That change is a work of God and should draw people to God—just as it did in the days following the birth of the Church as recorded in Acts.  Then Peter moves on to the end benefits to the chosen one who does his part in obtaining a divine nature.  One, he will “never fall,” meaning that he is eternally saved and two, he will  be guaranteed “a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  The results are out of this world—and again by grace, no merit on our own.

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