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Foundations of the "Like Precious Faith"

The fundamentals of fruitfull/productive faith as taught by Peter

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kjv@2Peter:1:8 @ 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.

Course Introduction

Question! Is it enough to have a faith in some eventual event when we meet our righteous maker at the glorious heaven's gate that Son Jesus Christ will bring us through? Or is it better to have that faith indeed plus then the faith as the Apostles had, a faith obtained in God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, that highly influences the directions and outcomes of our daily walk here and now on this mortal abode in our every situation?

What is your here and now situation? Is it all that it could be in the knowledge of Jesus the Christ? Is your present situation the direct result (the fruit or outcome of) the productive use/abiding/partaking of you in Him? Him in you? Is your situation divorce? Is it suicidal thoughts? Is it abusive anger? Addiction? Obsessive fears etc...? Is it just a lack of spiritual fruit and direction? Many believers suffer these things; it would not be surprising.

We begin today a course of study that is a bit different than the normal course assuming that you are of or near to being of faith in Jesus Christ. This exercise in our faith begins with the presumption that this faith in this Jesus as being our Christ makes for something completely different than any other faith near or opposite to it can produce in the heart/spirit/life of the believer. The question becomes what might that difference be and how to partake of it? Peter begins us down that course stating that it is first and foremost a faith that is obtained/given/handed to us in and of and by the righteousness of God/Christ rather than a faith that is manufactured from the well intended but corrupted heart of man. What this "like precious faith" (faith on equal standing to the apostle's own faith) means and produces in the course of one's daily life is then likely to be something much different than that which would result from anything less than it.

Beside being a tremendous evangelist spreading the new and revolutionary gospel of Jesus Christ, Peter was also a tremendous pastor over people already believing in the salvation of the gospel, but struggling in the fruitful walk of the faith in real world real situation real time life. People much like us. Two thousand years later beyond this epistle, we turn back to the wonder of this great pastor seeking a remembrance of it's foundational principals in the same light. Foundations that we probably already know and are somewhat established in, needing though to be put back into the abounding and abundant flow; the flow that is different than all others. The flow only Jesus Son of God is able to transmit.

Our course today begins at one chapter, a chapter that you can easily bookmark and remember to find in any situation. Perhaps you find yourself struggling with addiction; here is your chapter/starting point. Maybe it is suicidal thought; here is your chapter/starting point. You and your spouse are perhaps staring at the angry teeth of separation or possible divorce. You are believers are you not? Here is your chapter/starting point. Any situation whatsoever, the starting point can be the same. Maybe you are a pastor yourself and need back into that abiding flow; brother here is where Peter says that it all starts. It is a chapter in the bible that can lead (if you allow it) to a fruitful understanding and practice of all the other chapters both the bible and your future life/mission yet hold.

Think top down!
Think revolutionary!
Think God given and God influenced!
Think these things foundational elements "abounding in you"!
And you'll be heading down the right course with these foundations.

Course Outline

For the purpose of this study kjv@2Peter:1 works so well for us because we can divide it up into three essential building blocks for you to follow:

  1. FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - (This page) The core foundational "like precious" belief kjv@2Peter:1:1-4
  2. ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - The means of applying the core foundation to daily living kjv@2Peter:1:5-11
  3. JustificationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - The reasoning we put these foundational elements into constant remembrance and put them forward in our lives kjv@2Peter:1:12-27

Please survey the many many links to other resources that this exercise brings forward for your examination.

Helpful hint: Click on verse numbers once then once again to get to a parallel rendering of the KJV with Strongs Greek Lexicon mapping and Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge links.

Helpful hint: Click on the underlined words and phrases to get to the Seeker search page for that word or phrase. There you will find a wealth of resources such as dictionaries and system look ups.

Foundations of the Like Precious Faith kjv@2Peter:1:1-4

kjv@2Peter:1:1 @ Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

kjv@2Peter:1:2 @ Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

kjv@2Peter:1:3 @ According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Self Inventory:

  1. Think in terms of being a servant and (Aa)postle of Jesus Christ -

  2. Think in terms of the faith that you are currently operating from -

  3. Think in terms of the righteousness performed between God and HIS appointed Savior?

  4. Think in terms of grace and peace -

  5. Think in terms of the knowledge base that you are operating from -

  6. Think in terms of divine power having given us -

  7. Think in terms of your calling to glory and virtue -

  8. Think in terms of exceeding promises -

  9. Think in terms of partaking of divine nature -

  10. Think in terms of this world's corruption -

These are some tough questions that we each have to put ourselves through in preparation for the remaining passages of this chapter. And we are not likely at this point to come to any firm answers other than beginning to see a general direction. Often times we make such haste of finding answers that we will grab for most anything to fill that need. But true answers are not found in haste, they are found by first ending haste then heading in the right direction.

Perhaps you can already feel the Spirit's influence over you to indulge yourself upon the many links and circular contexts abundant in the Bible. Take as much time as you need to grasp the sense of direction that HE is leading us towards. Then join us in the next section ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith.

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ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - part two of this FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series


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