If These Things Be In You
2 Peter 1:8 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.
I. The Divine Provision – all things
A. The Enabling of the Provision – according as his divine power
I’m grateful that his provision is not contingent upon my power; but upon HIS power!
It is not contingent upon my power to ask, or to receive, but upon HIS power to give.
There’s never been a power outage on God’s end!
B. The Extent of the Provision – hath given unto us all things
All things that pertain to life and godliness.
Not a single Christian has been shortchanged.
C. The Endgame of the Provision – called us to glory and virtue
The plan of God is for each of us to live a life of glory and virtue.
He wants our lives to be a life that will bring Him glory.
II. The Diligent Process – giving all diligence, add to your faith…
A. The Importance of Adding
This requires deliberate, purposeful pursuit and acquisition.
This does not occur accidentally.
This requires knowing what God wants you to have, and going after it
This is a stewardship issue
We have been giving everything we need to go get what we still need.
He gave us the faith. (Eph. 2:8, 9)
Now we have to add to it.
Illustration: When a race car owner puts a driver in the seat of his race car, he has given him everything he needs. But he doesn’t give him everything it takes to win.
The owner of the race car can give the driver a car, and a full tank of gas, and a brand new set of tires, and a hundred thousand dollar engine, and a flame resistant outfit, etc.
But he cannot give the drive the initiative to win. Or the stamina to endure the race. Or the knowhow to navigate the turns. Or the common sense to stay out of the wall. Or the humility to follow the rules.
He has been given all things, but he has to add to that list of “all things”.
B. The Importance of Accumulating
We cannot give up one for another. We must accumulate.
We cannot exchange our faith for virtue, or knowledge for temperance.
We have to add and accumulate.
We cannot congratulate ourselves because we have finally attained ONE of these things.
We need all of them. Together.
C. The Importance of Abounding
For if these things be in you, and abound.
We cannot just have a small trace of these things.
We cannot have a touch of temperance
We need more than just a pinch of patience.
III. The Delightful Promise – if these things be in you, they make you that ye shall neither be barren…
One of the exceeding great and precious promises mentioned in verse 4 is found in verse 8
A. Neither be barren…
BARREN: free from labour, at leisure, lazy, shunning the labour which one ought to perform
God receives no glory with a barren life.
Barren lives are not a virtue.
Notice that phrase in verse 5 – AND BESIDE THIS, GIVING ALL DILIGENCE…
We cannot sit back and enjoy the PROVISION, PROMISES and the PARTAKING in verse 4
There’s been a path provided for us to escape the corruption that is in the world, but we have to take it!
There is no place in the Christian’s life to sit back, to coast, to roll in the clover.
There’s work to be done, and we cannot be found barren!
B. Nor Unfruitful…
We know that God’s will is for us to be fruitful.
- John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
- John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.