Christ is Your Environment (Part Seven) The Companions of Knowledge (1)

Continued from the last episode

On the other hand let’s look at the things that serve as catalyst to knowledge as Apostle Peter puts it, and quote “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.” (2Peter 1:5-9). We are going to examine these things one after the other and see how they can be added to our knowledge and the believer’s life is bettered. 

Note that previously we have dealt much on faith and if you have not read them endeavor to visit our blog or facebook page. The next attribute that follows faith is virtue and the Greek word translated virtue is the word arete meaning properly, manliness (valor), or excellence. It implies a character of exhibition and that is to show up an attribute of excellence in one’s doing. So the believer is expected to showcase Christ in him in an excellence manner that displays one’s confidence in who he has believed in. A believer without this attribute of virtue means that he has negated an important disposition that should make him stand out in the midst of other people who are not born of the Spirit. Virtue is an important attribute that exhibits a believer and make him to be noticed among people and the same time establishes him on a higher moral pedestal in the society.

One of the things we have been asked to add to our knowledge is temperance. The Greek word translated temperance is egkrateia which on the other hand means self-control, so we can say that to our knowledge we should add self-control. Now, it is interesting to know that we are asked to add, not that God or Holy Ghost will add to us, this makes it a responsibility on the side of the believer. Why do we have to add these qualities? This is because they have been made available to us immediately we have accepted Christ by faith. Therefore, as the heart or mind of the believer is yielded to the instructions of the Holy Ghost, he finds himself by knowledge adding these qualities and by so doing he is renewed. We are asked to add and as well put off in several places in the bible because it is within our reach to do so and an attempt to neglect this instruction will affect the way and manner we conduct ourselves as believers (Eph 4:22, Col 3:8-9). Self-control is very important in the life of the believer because without this quality the beauty of being in Christ will definitely not be seen in his life. 

A believer without self-control is very vulnerable and can walk into the trap of the enemy at any time. Though he is a believer his life will always be in a mess because he lacks how to control himself in the time of temptations and advances of the enemy. A believer who lacks self-control often times finds himself in fisticuffs with believers and non-believers and such demeans his status as a believer. Therefore, it is a matter of necessity for him to add self-control to his character so that the beauty of who he is will shine in and around him. The good news is that it doesn’t take a rocket science approach to be self-controlled; it simply means that someone should listen to the instruction of the Holy Ghost and draws from the deposit He has made in his spirit when situations arise. Also by reading and believing the word you have read from the pages of the bible. For instance, if you have read from the Bible that you shouldn’t have fisticuffs with anybody, you better follow the instruction even in the face of such temptation you stick to what the word says and by so doing you culture yourself in that direction and it became a way of life for you.

And of course you have read or being instructed not to lie and situations are coming that lures one to lie, no matter what the consequence(s) of saying the truth portrays you should stay put with the truth. A self-controlled believer don’t swing like a pendulum rather anchors or pivots himself within what the Scripture has said; thereby maintaining his status as described in the Scripture. This depicts that a believer should not allow himself to be controlled by events or situation that crops of up in his life, he should take control of the situation by superimposing his authority over the situation. Being resilient and adamant is the watch word here, which makes a self-controlled believer a principled person, and not just a principled person but one who is principled within the dictums of the Scripture. A self-controlled believer can be seen as someone who is reliable and can be trusted with matters of great weight and people can be rest assured that he will not mess things up. Because the tendency for him to be tossed about with every wind of events is very rare and he stands trusted. When one is self-controlled is obvious that he can handle issues involving engagement in all facets of human endeavors. It points out that he can be a good leader, in the church, in the family and in public institution.