Christ is Your Environment (Part Ten) Understanding 1 Peter 1:5-10 In The Light Of Christ

Continued from the last episode:

Notice what Apostle Peter said that “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.” (2 Peter 1:8), I like the way he used the word ‘if’ in the quotation, making it a conditional statement, which on the other hand suggests that it is in the hand of the believer and not in the hand of God. Another thing to consider is that the ‘if’ also suggests that these things are already available and the believer needs not to struggle to make them available anymore; what is required is for him or her to draw them to himself or herself. Also, he went ahead to state that these things will not just be in the life of the believer but must be in abundance, therefore, they are not something one can say, “let me do it often” no it should be available always and must be used in the life of the believer when the need arise. The establishment of these attributes in the life of a believer is very vital because based on these attributes he says a believer, “shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The barrenness and fruitfulness of a believer is in direct proportion to how much or less of these attributes can be found in the believer; this should prickle and stir up important thought in the life of every believer. 

Again, interestingly, he says that the barrenness and fruitfulness is geared towards “the knowledge of Christ”, this suggests that the yardstick to measure barrenness and fruitfulness is the knowledge of Christ. Therefore, someone can be considered barren if he or she is barren in the knowledge of Christ, and in the same vein someone can be considered fruitful if he or she is fruitful in the knowledge of Christ. It also depicts that if someone is barren outside the knowledge of Christ and fruitful in the knowledge of Christ he or she is to be considered successful in life and vice versa. These statements are not just mere words they are factual and understandable in the light of Christ. Apostle Paul while writing to the Colossians made an interesting statement to them and I quote “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”(Col 2:3). Remember, the barrenness and fruitfulness should be in the knowledge of Christ and here, in Christ “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” This implies that there are no wisdoms and knowledge elsewhere except in Christ, because in whom (in Christ) all wisdom and knowledge is hid. It didn’t say some but all, which means that no one in Christ should lack wisdom and knowledge unless he or she has chosen to be so and if that is the case Apostle Peter, has this to say to him or her. 

“But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”(2 Peter 1:9). If anyone in Christ has chosen not to grow in the knowledge of Christ which is where all wisdom and knowledge is found he or she will definitely find himself or herself in the situation stated above by Apostle Peter. How to grow in the knowledge of Christ is by adding the above discussed attributes to one’s life and if the reverse is the case, that person though in Christ, “cannot see afar off.” This is a very demeaning disposition or placement for any believer to occupy, and therefore should be avoided by believers. He goes on to say that such a person has forgotten that “he was purged from his sins” this implies that lack of these attributes is an indication that the person in question cannot live a life of righteousness though he has been purged from his sins. He still lives like an unbeliever. It is a sorry state to be! 

However, he reminds us in verse 10 as I quote “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” This quotation sums it up because it is an indication that when we add these attributes to our faith definitely we are making our calling and election sure and failure will not be our portion.

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