"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to
your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
kindness charity. 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. But he
that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and
hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore
the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into
the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
2nd Peter 1:5-11
LESSON 1, VERSE 5:
Peter now goes to a new subject.
this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to
virtue knowledge!" 2nd Peter 1:5
"And beside this," he writes. In
Greek, "kai autos houtos." The conjunction "and" is spelled "kai."
The pronoun "autos" literally means "oneself!" Peter is about to
center on something we can do to be more fruitful in our
Christian lives, something important!
Now let's discuss the verb "add." It
is "epichoregeo." It's beautiful too! The prefix "epi" serves to
intensify the meaning of the main stem. Really add these
things, with all your strength! And "choregeo" means "to lead
the choir!" Yes, "choros" means a chorus, a group of singers!
The ending, "ago," means "to lead" or go ahead of them,
providing direction! In the Greek world however, the one leading
the chorus also was expected to provide everything else they
needed too! A place to sing, uniforms or robes to wear, an
audience to hear, provisions for the whole group!
This is the verb for completely
supplying whatever is needed!
The eight Christian graces or
qualities we are about to study are like members of the
orchestra, the spiritual orchestra of your life, your inner
You and I must cultivate them and
lead them and add them and direct them in harmony ... for our
lives to fully glorify God!
The verb here is also an imperative!
We are being commanded to seek these aspects of godliness!
The participle "giving" translates "pareisphero,"
meaning "to bring in," using both "eis" (into) and "phero" (to
carry or bear) as its building blocks.
To reach this level of Christian
development, one must bring a massive load of "diligence" too.
The Greek "spoude" means "with all one's effort!" It actually is
derived from the verb "speudo," to hurry or make haste!
What a building project is underway!
Notice the foundation floor,
"Pistos" is sheer belief, trust,
confidence in someone! I believe that here the emphasis is
likely faith in God. However there is the possibility that
"faithfulness" is meant too, being stable and durative in one's
character. "Steadfast and immoveable" Paul called it in 1st
Faith can be built or "added" and
increased two ways.
Romans 10:17 explains the first.
"So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God." Study the Word! Memorize
it and meditate in it and obey it, saturating your minds and
Secondly, pray for more faith!
"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said
with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
Mark 9:24 records a prayer the Lord answered too! The man's
faith was increased!
Furthermore, one's faith can be
strengthened by being tried and tested! Peter teaches us:
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of
gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus
Christ." 1st Peter 1:8 says this. Then enters James:
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith
worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
There are levels of faith, degrees
of it. Jesus spoke of no faith in Mark 4:40. And of
little faith in Matthew 16:8. Then of great faith in
A case can be made also that this
faith of which we speak is not merely a human contrivance. It's
a gift from God! "For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."
Make good use of your faith!
But do not let it exist in a vacuum!
Add to that good faith ... virtue!
This word, "arete," means moral
excellence! Moral power or energy! Here is purity of life!
What was the first thing you did
when you were saved, or at least one of the first things? You
cleaned your house, ridding it of all filth and degradation!
Magazines and movies and bottles of liquor and a whole lot more
were dumped! Why? Clean living always follows saving faith!
It's just that we must continually
strive to live more and more cleanly! More holy and godly
Believers in Jesus!
One more thing about "virtue," it is
built upon the foundation of a Latin noun, "vir," which means
"man" or "manly!" That's where its inherent idea of "strength"
is located. "Like a man!"
In Psalm 8:2 read these words,
noticing particularly "strength," which will be capitalized.
"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained
strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest
still the enemy and the avenger. "
Now watch Jesus quote this Psalm in
Matthew 21:16, "And Jesus saith unto them,
Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
thou hast perfected
Look what Jesus did! And He has the
authority to do so! He substituted the word "praise" for the
word "strength!" But that's really no major change! Maybe Jesus
is teaching us that praise equals strength! If one is strong in
the Lord, he or she will often yield an abundance of praise to
If you have any doubt, hear Nehemiah
proclaim it. "The joy of the LORD is your
strength." Nehemiah 8:10
Then comes "knowledge." And "gnosis"
means the very act of knowing. It is derived from the verb "ginosko"
and means "to know" absolutey! The first time this word is used
in Scripture, Luke 1:77 is talking about the "knowledge" of
However, knowledge alone is not
good. It must have charity affixed! And that's exactly where
this list is headed! Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 8:1,
"Knowledge puffeth up, but charity
The Holy Spirit, the true Imparter
of God's knowledge and the real Teacher of spirituality, will
not enlighten a dirty vessel, a defiled student! Therefore,
purity or virtue is a prerequisite of knowledge!
This list is amazing and logical and
reveals to us many of the beautiful ways of God!
More tomorrow, Lord willing.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 2, VERSE 6:
The verb is implied. This is the
very reason why we must study the Bible in context! 2nd
Peter 2:6 says: "And to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
Although these words constitute a
major portion of the very heart of our Text, without support
from the verses before and after .... they lack complete
"Add," the "epichoregeo" of last
verse, is still predominate. ADD to your knowledge temperance,
Peter is saying. Then ADD to your temperance patience! Next ADD
to your patience godliness!
You see it.
But, what does "temperance" mean?
And why does it immediately follow knowledge?
The noun is "egkrateia," a blending
of two words suggesting "strength" (in Greek, "kratos") and "en"
(meaning fixed position, "within"), strength within a person!
This concept usually is defined as "self-control." But we
Christians must be careful here. "Egkrateia" is not just self-control,
rather its self-control under the Holy Spirit's control!
Inner strength! Much like Paul had
in mind when he wrote: "I can do all
things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
This is the person who is working to
master his or her desires and passions, keeping them under
control. For example, in Titus 1:8 we Preachers are required to
be "temperate," self-controlled! Literally as we have seen,
"holding oneself in!" This concept is the very opposite of the
world's yearnings, which loudly call for "more, more more!" No,
"egkrateia" says "sufficient, sufficient, sufficient!"
This temperance is specifically
listed also as part of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians
And "temperance" follows "knowledge"
because ... once God teaches us something, via the Holy Spirit
of course, we must then go and practice that new truth! Live it!
Incorporate it into our lives! Demand that our bodies and flesh
submit and yield to it! And when that happens, self-control will
have been properly exercised!
Next comes "patience!"
"Hupomone" presents a lovely word
picture. It literally pictures a man "staying or remaining" (in
Greek, "meno") "under" (spelled "hupo") a heavy load ... without
grumbling or complaining, joyfully continuing his Christian
It is defined by the textbooks as
"hopeful endurance or constancy or steadfastness!" It means
staying on track, regardless of the difficulties or detractions
that may come one's way! "Staying power" someone says.
The first New Testament use of "hupomone"
tells us a lot. Jesus is preaching, giving His parable of the
sower. "But that on the good ground are
they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word,
keep it, and bring forth fruit with
Luke 8:5 beautifully links fruit and endurance!
Why this specific order?
When we learn something (knowledge)
then practice it (temperance or self-control) ... invariably
trials and hardships will come our way! That requires patience.
The devil is not going to let you grow and grown in the Lord
without putting some pitfalls or stumbling stones in your
pathway, something anyway! But these, designed by Satan to trip
you ... are ultimately used by God to strengthen you! That is,
if we stay under the load and keep on serving Jesus, both with
the right heart attitude, staying sweet and cheerful. Not
Then as we scale this spiritual
ladder, growing in Grace each step of the way, comes
"godliness." This noun does not just mean "God likeness." That
can be misleading in this case. Rather, "eusebeia" blends "good"
(in Greek, "eu") and the verb "to adore or to revere" (spelled "sebomai"),
giving us "reverencing well" Almighty God! Respecting Him and
honoring Him and worshipping Him! "A manner of life that is
well-pleasing to God, based upon attitudes of reverence and
respect toward one's Saviour!" Another said, "reverence
manifested in actions."
Perhaps this word, holding God in
such high regard, is placed exactly where it is ... following
patience ... to teach us that (automatically when one is under
the Holy Spirit's superintendence) after being subjected to all
life's trials and heartaches ("patience") and even then sensing
the Lord's nearness and power and grace, one just MUST worship
and adore and exalt Him the rest of his or her life!
Thus, godliness is an outgrowth of
patience which developed from temperance which was required
after knowledge came!
Here's a graph of the Holy Spirit's
tactics as he builds us in Christ! As he brings us to maturity!
There is more to come.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 3, VERSE 7:
The spiral continues to climb!
The adding process builds ...
"And to godliness brotherly kindness; and
to brotherly kindness charity." 2nd Peter 1:7
The sequence so far has been: faith,
virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness ... then come
the final two, brotherly kindness and charity.
I think the logic develops this way,
in our context that is. The pressure and trials that produce
"patience" will, if properly received, drive us to the Lord! On
our knees! In reverence and worship, which is the true meaning
of the word used here for "godliness!"
Yet while we suffered and felt the
pressures of spiritual growth, kneeling before our Lord ... two
things happened. Nearly automatically, yet essentially under the
Holy Spirit's direct control, our Brethren came to us! They came
to help and encourage and pray and befriend! Even sharing
financially if such needs exist, these Believers proved their
care and compassion!
This of course incubates
"brotherly kindness!" The Greek
word "philadelphia" means a genuine liking of those born into
the same family! Those produced by the same Father! Through the
same womb! But not just "liking" them, being friends to them,
fond of them, even loving them in a holy and proper way.
Then furthermore, having suffered
such growing pains and having worshipped so reverently and
having been so supported by my Brethren ... I consequently want
to help my Brethren when THEY go through hard times. This
too is an aspect of brotherly kindness!
"Philadelphia" is indeed brotherly
The noun "philos" actually means a
"friend." Then "adelphos" means "someone born from the same
womb!" In Greek "delphus" means just that, womb.
If this trait existed more evenly in
our Churches, certainly less bickering would be heard!
Then finally comes the crowning
There is a lot of skepticism these
days about Bible "word study." But say what they may, liberals
cannot deny the fact that here, in 2nd Peter 1:7, the Holy
Spirit places "agape" love over and above "phileo" love. It is
spiritually superior, at least here.
One distinction might be that "philos"
love is more emotional and "agape" love is more volitional,
Either way, this is true: in one's
quest to properly appreciate his Brethren, the men and women at
Church, he will occasionally meet someone who is HARD to love! A
difficult saint! It might be personality or environment or
heredity ... or the flesh itself, but they are abrasive to those
This takes a higher level of
intensity, not just "brotherly love" here ... but real
"charity!" This is the heart attitude that gives love, purely
and freely and lavishly, regardless of the response!
No wonder Paul wrote,
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity,
these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
1st Corinthians 13:13
Or as Peter puts it,
"And above all things have fervent charity
among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of
sins." 1st Peter 4:8
And maybe, just maybe, this is where
outright soul-winning enters the picture too!
Reaching out to everyone, sinners,
who need the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! After all, the
greatest example of "agape" love known to man is found at the
Cross of Calvary! "For God so
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
This is John 3:16, where "loved" is spelled "agapao" in
Yes, the capstone, the penthouse,
the apex of Christian living is LOVE! But not love that lacks
the seven under-girding traits we have just studied!
Love without faith can be
Love without virtue can be
Love without knowledge can be
Love without temperance can
be excessive and maybe even idolatrous!
Love without patience can be
Love without godliness can be
misdirected and ultimately, though ironically, self-centered!
Love without brotherly kindness
can be undeveloped and downright immature!
But put them all together, all
eight, and look what happens!
In fact, what happens next is the
subject of the rest of this great Text!
Come back again!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 4, VERSE 8:
Eight things, qualities placed in a
Christian's life by the Holy Spirit of God ... but only as we
obey and cooperate with Him!
Faith through charity ... then Peter
adds: "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." 2nd Peter 1:8
The opening verb, "be," is unusual!
It translates "huparcho," meaning "to begin underneath"
something! "Archomai" suggests commencing in order of time. See
archaeology therein. "Hupo" pictures something here
working from the foundation upward! Here as a present
participle, this action is constant, habitual, durative. It's a
"In you" is underwritten by one
word, a pronoun, "humin," a dative case plural. It means "in"
or "to" or even "for" you! These graces must be
internalized to do their job!
The present participle "abound" is
exactly spelled "pleonazonta." It means increasing, growing,
expanding! Its root just suggests more in quantity or quality.
Like a river out of the banks!
"Make" translates "kathistemi," a
"standing firm" in one's position! To remain on one's
"Barren" is spelled "argos," meaning
lazy or at leisure or free from labor! It blends "a" and "ergon,"
not working! Incorporating these eight qualities into one's
life, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit's working, will keep
one busy, very busy!
And "neither" is "ou" or "ouk,"
depending on its location before a vowel or consonant. It just
means "not!" Absolutely not, in fact!
"Unfruitful" is "akarpos," without
("a") fruit ("karpos"), as in no apples on the tree! Only used
seven times in the whole New Testament, this word appears in a
negative sense every time but here! In Matthew 13 and Mark 4,
Jesus' Parable of the Sower is in view, the unfruitful ones
being unsaved apparently! If so, our eight graces here are also
signs of true salvation! Proof that one is born again!
Then comes the noun "knowledge."
Fuller than the mere "gnosis" of Verse five, this appears as "epignosis,"
full knowledge, precise knowledge, correct knowledge, assured
knowledge! This whole Text builds verse by verse!
And, as with everything else in the
Bible, all this centers around our "Lord Jesus Christ!" That's "Kurios
Iesous Christos." Lord means master or owner or even husband at
times! Jesus means Saviour! And Christ means the very Anointed
One of God, the Messiah!
It's still all about Him!
What guarantees these eight traits
bring with them!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 5, VERSE 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." 2nd
In this context it's faith, virtue,
knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness
The verb "lacketh" is unique! It's
comprised of two words, a verb and an adverb. "Pareimi" blends "para"
meaning "alongside" and "eimi" meaning "to be." Thus we have
something like this: abundantly existing right alongside you! Of
course the thought is negated, so "me" is added, an adverb to
us. It means "not," usually when a negative answer is expected.
Being present tense, "pareimi" indicates a habitual situation, a
pattern of life.
The adjective "blind" is spelled "tuphlos."
The Greek verb "tuphoo" means "to enclose with smoke."
Surprisingly, it's found 48 times in the New Testament, all but
4 of which are associated with the Life of Christ in some way!
He came to dispel blindness!
These fruitless people, lackers of
faith and virtue and so forth, act as if they're in a
smoke-filled room! They have no sense of direction!
"Cannot see afar off" is "muopazo"
and blends "ops" meaning one's eyes and "muo" meaning "to shut!"
The word picture is this: to squint and shut one's eyes!
However, "muo" alone never occurs in the Scriptures. In its noun
form, "musterion," it can be found at least 27 times! That's the
New Testament's word for "mystery." That which is "shut" or
enclosed ... in secrecy!
Maybe these folks prefer a hazy
spiritual existence, shrouded in darkness!
Then comes the difficult clause,
"having forgotten that he was purged from
his old sins!"
How does a saved man forget that?
Literally the Text says "lethe
lambano." The verb "lambano" just means "to receive, to obtain,
to accept or to lay hold" of something." The "lethe" is a noun
form of the verb "to forget." Thus, having received
forgetfulness! These people have chosen to forget,
de-emphasizing their very salvation! Note: "lambano" is in the
active voice here too!
Conversely, in 2nd Timothy 1:5 we
find this Greek construction, "having received memory!" Paul
says, "when I call to remembrance!"
One person can choose to remember.
Another can choose to forget. But, if you got what I got when
you were saved ... this forgetting would have to come slowly! It
surely would be tough to do! I would not even believe it
possible ... except for Peter's surprising words here!
Preachers, that would be an interesting series of sermons!
Peter's most astounding statements! Like when he called Lot
"righteous" in 2nd Peter 2:8.
The word "purged" is spelled "katharismos."
It's our English word "catharsis," an inner cleansing!
Originally this was a medical term, then a therapeutic one ...
from the counselor's office! Actually we have a noun here!
Something like, "having forgotten the purging from his sins!"
The "katharismos" family of words may be found in several "Cross
of Calvary" Passages. For example, in Hebrews 1:3 Jesus "by
Himself purged our sins!"
These are apparently saved people.
They have been Blood-washed! But they are not growing in Christ
as they should.
"Sins" are instances of "missing the
mark!" Failing to obey God! "Hamartia" is the Greek word.
Actually it combines "a" which is a negative, and "meros," one's
portion or part or allowance! Sin robs me of things God had
planned to give me! It takes away my inheritance! At least
that's one way of looking at sin, the grammatical way!
Then the adjective "old" enters our
Verse. "But he that lacketh these things
is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he
was purged from his old sins."
This is spelled "palai" and means
"of long ago, ancient." But this word has an underlying
connotation also. "Palin" is the main Greek adverb for again!
"Oscillatory repetition" says one source! The root is "pale," to
vibrate! Hence, to repeat!
We might here understand that one's
lacking these eight graces of the Christian life will lead to
more and more sinning!
Go through the list once again,
asking of each quality, "How does this retard sin in my life?"
Can faith give me victory over sin?
"And this is the victory that overcometh
the world, even our
1st John 5:4
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there
be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Now, continue through the whole
All the way down to love or charity!
"And above all things have fervent
yourselves: for charity
shall cover the multitude of sins." 1st Peter 4:8
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 6, VERSE 10:
Having enumerated and listed eight
special manifestations of the Christian life, Peter now uses
them as "proofs" of our very salvation!
rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall."
2nd Peter 1:10
The adverb "rather" translates "mallon,"
meaning "all the more." Every modifier of the action in Verses
5-7, the "adding" Peter mentions, is intensive. We are being
urged to concentrate on building these qualities into our lives;
faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness,
brotherly kindness and charity.
And these aspects of "fruitfulness"
are expected in the hearts of the "brethren," and them only
apparently! The noun "adelphos," people born of the same womb,
certainly refers to fellow Believers in Jesus here.
To "give diligence" is "spoudazo,"
to make haste and do one's very best! To apply all one's
ability! This word is the opposite of half-heartedness or
laziness. It is also the verb "study" in 2nd Timothy 2:15, "do
give it all you've got!"
Peter began this Text with a "spoude"
word also, "giving all diligence, add ...!" That's back
in Verse 5.
We nearly have an "inclusio" here, a
starting and an ending of a Paragraph with an identical
"To make" is here a middle voice
verbal, an infinitive. "Poieo" in this form suggests "doing" or
"accomplishing" or "performing" a task, finishing it so
thoroughly that it changes you in the process!
But look now!
Building these traits into one's
life can help ... "make ones calling and election sure!"
The adjective "sure" is "bebaios"
and means reliable or firm or well-founded. It is a word that
pictures the "foundation" of a structure. It's root word is
"basis," from "baino," in Greek "to walk!"
In Romans 4:16 God's Promises can be
In 2nd Corinthians 1:6 Paul's
confidence in his new converts was also this "sure!"
The Truth of the Word of God is also
this "sure" according to Peter later in 2nd Peter 1:19.
These three examples all use "bebaios."
I can also make my salvation that
The noun "calling" is "klesis" and
means one's invitation to salvation! Back when the Holy Spirit
convicted you and drew you to Jesus! Mine is as sure as if it
happened yesterday! It is bigger than life to me! Praise the
Lord! I KNOW it was the Lord wooing me! "Kaleo" means to incite
by word! Or to urge onward! It can mean "to order" too!
The accompanying noun is "ekloge"
and means "a choosing" of someone or a "picking them out"
deliberately and carefully! "Lego" means "to lay out" for the
purpose of selection! God's Word, the "logos," is His carefully
chosen Speech, designed to point us to Jesus! The prefix "ek"
just meant "out of." We were chosen and taken "out of" sin and
placed into Christ Jesus!
The we are furthermore promised:
"If ye do these things, ye shall never
The verb "do" is again "poieo," but
as a present participle this time. On-going action, habitual
constant obedience! Consistently building these graces into
one's life, as empowered by the Holy Spirit of course!
"Never" serves here as another
adverb, but it is doubled! "Ou" is the absolute negative, no
exceptions! But added here is "me," the other Greek negative! No
way will the possessor of these "faith through love" strengths
It's not going to happen!
"Ptaio" means "to trip" or "to
fall." Here's it's a subjunctive, revealing the ideal situation.
Then, as if to leave no doubt about
anything, the Holy Spirit adds "pote," another word that
augments the surety being promised! It means something like
"whenever" or even "wherever!" At any time and at any place ...
no falling is possible!
This is one of the most strongly
worded promises in all Scripture!
My advice today: Bring on mega-doses
of faith and virtue and knowledge and temperance and patience
and godliness and brotherly kindness, coating it all with
charity or agape love!
Really, if the Holy Spirit has so
filled you ... it is probably a "given" that failure is not an
Praise the Lord!
It's HIS Power and Grace and
Plan that should be mightily glorified today!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 7, VERSE 11:
Talk about rewards!
Any real Christian who concentrates
on the eight qualities we've been studying here will be
That's a promise!
And not only rewarded here on earth,
but in Heaven too!
"For so an entrance shall be ministered
unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ." 2nd Peter 2:11
The fruit-laden saint, faith and
virtue and all the rest of them, will not only spend eternity in
Glory ... but will have a grand entrance into that glorious
Place as well!
The noun "entrance" is spelled "eisodos"
and means "into" (in Greek "eis") the "road or way" (in Greek "hodos").
Yes, the way to Heaven is narrow and strait says Jesus. But
those who have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit Who yields faith and
virtue and knowledge and so forth, are assured an entrance! They
know The Way, Jesus!
This access to Heaven is said to be
"ministered" to these multi-fruited saints. We know this verb.
It was also used back in verse 5 of our Text. It is spelled "epichoregeo"
and means "to supply or furnish or add."
Look! If we ADD these sincere inner
graces to our lives, proof of our salvation, God will ADD to us
Heaven and all its blessings!
Don't misunderstand. Salvation is a
gift, freely bestowed upon repentant sinners. Fruit is a result
of saving faith, when the new Believer follows and yields to the
Holy Spirit day by day!
As just mentioned, "Epichoregeo"
appears both in verse 5 at the beginning of our Passage, and
again at the end in verse 11. This forms an "inclusio," a
literary technique by which the Holy Spirit is teaching us the
major emphasis of the Text. Here's godly "choreography" in
We add ... then God adds!
Except we add so little!
I give God my heart!
He gives me Heaven, eternity with
I have an idea that Heaven comes
"fully furnished" to the mature Believer in Jesus!
"Abundantly," Peter says!
This adverb is "plousios" in Greek
and means "richly!" Copiously, plentifully! "Ploutos" means
wealth in Greek! It's from "pletho," to be "full!"
"Into" is "eis" again, taken out of
one sphere and placed inside another, here a much better one!
"Everlasting" is "aionois" and is
built upon the "aion" stem, meaning an age or an epoch or a vast
amount of time, then by extension ... perpetuity! Unending!
Notice here Jesus is both "Lord" (in
Greek "kurios," One with supreme authority) and "Saviour" ("soter,"
One who delivers and makes safe) by Peter, writing under the
direct inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
He must be ... or none of His
followers could ever have such balanced lives!
Lives overflowing with faith,
virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly
kindness and love!
Add, folks, add!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PRAISE THE LORD!