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Based on 2 Peter chapter 1. Peter Encourages us to keep going up the spiritual ladder. The ultimate level of spirituality one can achieve in Christianity is sacrificial love. ...

Based on 2 Peter chapter 1. Peter Encourages us to keep going up the spiritual ladder. The ultimate level of spirituality one can achieve in Christianity is sacrificial love.

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  • Being Productive For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. (2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV)
  • Faith Virtue Knowledge Self Control Patience Godliness Philadelphia Brotherly Love / Kindness Agape Love
  • "ALL" Qualities • For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 ESV) • The order is not a strict order, have ALL
  • Faith needs action • Belief that leads to Baptism. Then? • By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26 KJV) Faith
  • Virtue • Morality / Righteousness • Good works • Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.(Psalms 24:3-4 ESV)
  • Virtue - Stubborn to do the right thing! Faith Virtue • What is your Salvation Equation – Salvation = Virtue + Grace – Salvation = Your Will + Grace – Danger • Do not substitute virtue / morality / righteousness with Grace
  • Knowledge - To discern right from wrong • My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. (Proverbs 5:1-2 ESV) – The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. – (Proverbs 29:7 KJV)
  • Knowledge to reject wrong in Practical day to day stuff • for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. • (Hebrews 5:13-14 ESV) Faith Virtue Knowledge
  • Self Control - Exercise Will Power • After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self- control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you." • (Acts 24:24-25 ESV)
  • Self Control • Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV) • Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 ESV) Faith Virtue Knowledge Self Control DonotgetDisqualified!FallenfromGrace
  • Patience • As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. • (Luke 8:15 ESV)
  • Patience = Endurance - How long? • Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering-- (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5 ESV) • The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, (Revelation 2:26 ESV) Faith Virtue Knowledge Self Control Patience
  • Godliness / Holiness • For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. • But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. • (1 Timothy 6:10-11 ESV)
  • Godliness with Contentment • Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. • (1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV) Faith Virtue Knowledge Self Control Patience Godliness
  • Philadelphia - Brother Love / Affection Faith Virtue Knowledge Self Control Patience Godliness Philadelphia Brotherly Love / Kindness
  • Agape - The ultimate spiritual level "God is Love" • By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35 ESV) • Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10 ESV) • In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9 ESV) • Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8 ESV) • For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3 ESV) Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV) Agape Love