The Things To Add To Your Faith In Christ (Part Two)

Text Of Interest:

“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

We came into Christ by Grace through faith, because we have received faith from the word of God that came to us by grace as a result we are saved. The bible says as we have received Him so walk in Him, so we should as a matter of fact walk in by faith because by faith we have received Him (2 Cor 5:7). 

Hence Apostle Peter admonishes believers to add to their faith…..

Case Study Text:

“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”

(2 Peter 1:5-10)

Meanwhile, before we discuss these things I would like to remind us that we should have it in mind that what qualifies the believer to operate and run his life with what he knows is that he has believed the gospel. If he has known and practice what he has known and never believed the gospel he can never be found in Christ. Because as many as they are who know much about Jesus and never believed in Him have no part in Him. Therefore, in this case knowing is important but believing is most important. 

1. Knowledge: The awareness to what the environment one lives can offer and of course playing according to the mottoes or dictates of the environment will give one the privilege to obtain what is obtainable in the environment without much ado or tug-of-war. It is a fact to consider that once someone has come into Christ, he has come into liberty but this liberty is subject or can be substantiated by the level of knowledge of Christ that is in him. If he knows better he can do better and freely exercise this liberty to fullness; hence Apostle Paul admonishes believers thus “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal 6:1). If we don’t stand fast in the liberty it means though we have come into liberty, we can be found living an entangled life as a result of not acknowledging what it takes to be in Christ. Therefore, the things that will show us what our liberty stands for are the things we know about the liberty we are brought into. 

Yes, like I said earlier, is very important that one should be in Christ but also important is the fact that one should acknowledge what it is to be in Christ, if not it is useless being there. However, knowing what it is being in Christ alone cannot make a believer stand firm, therefore in the believer’s knowing there are things he must add to his knowing that will of course make him stand firm. (Proverbs 24:3-5, 10:14, 11:9, 9:10, 24:14) 

Now is important when one has known things that he should acknowledge them and make use of them in his daily activities if not they become useless (Philemon 1:6). 

Therefore you should know the things that are given to you freely (1 Cor. 2:9-12) 

The things you have received in Christ: 

a. Freedom or liberty (Gal 6:1, 2Cor. 3:17, Col 1:14) 

b. Eternal life (1John 5:13, 20) 

c. Forgiveness of sin (1John 2:12, Eph 4:32) 

d. You are blessed (Eph 1:3, 2Peter 1:3) 

e. You have peace (Rom 5:1, 2Peter 1:2) 

f. You have been redeemed (Eph 1:7, 1Cor 1:30) 

g. You are Holy (1Cor 1:30)