ABOUNDING IN HIM                                                            2 Peter 1:1-8

For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (v8)

In the second letter of Peter (1:5-7) in which the apostle urges us to equip ourselves with a series of seven character qualities. This opening chapter of Peter’s second letter gives us the impression that he was interested in mathematics, because he includes two spiritual sums. In verse 2 he says, ‘Grace and Peace be multiplied to you” (NKJV), and in verse 5, “add to your faith, goodness…knowledge.” One is a multiplication sum, the other a sum of addition. God  multiplies, we add. But it must be said that the adding only occurs as we grow in the grace that God multiplies to us. In verses 3 and 4, Peter gives us a wonderful picture of the all-sufficiency of Jesus. In Him, we are told, there is endless power, overflowing generosity, great and precious promises. What is more, by virtue of our relationship with Him and through “his very great and precious promises; we participate in the divine nature. However Peter concludes that it is possible to be beneficiaries of the divine nature and yet be “ineffective and unproductive” (v8).  In other words, it’s possible to be rooted in Christ but not built up in Him. To be “rooted” is to be in touch with divine resources, being” “built up” involves our co-operation. Jesus enables us to be participants in the divine natures; our part is to direct our energies into developing these seven great characteristics Peter identifies for us.- they can overflow.

PRAYER LINE: Father, forgive me if I am empty in the midst of plenty, ignorant in the midst of knowledge, lifeless in the midst of life. Fill me to overflowing in the stream of Your constant supply.

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In Jesus there is not only life, but life abundant. We can flourish in Him. (EDWJ)

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