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kjv@2Peter:1:1 @ Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us...

The Foundations Of The Like Precious Faith Series

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Table of Contents:

> Preface
> Introduction - 2Peter Chapter 1


  1. FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith

  2. ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith

  3. JustificationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith

  4. Tools:
  5. Quoted index: FOUNDATIONSOFFAITH - TOOLS:

    FolpfApp1 Initial concept grid to frame further user considerations.
    FolpfApp2 Concept grid to frame further word study considerations.

  6. FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithConclusions
  7. index:FOUNDATIONSOFFAITH


Preface

The FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries grew out of a personal need I sensed lacking in my own street ministry and evangelistic efforts, a singular broad ranged field worthy Christian discipleship resource. While there are several good resources geared towards first coming to Christ and understanding basic Christian beliefs and doctrines, there are few that I have found that actually go as far as exercising the application of these foundational truths in everyday situations and problems that many brothers and sisters are most beset by.

What I was seeing among many brethren at the street level was an encouraging level of general belief in Jesus Christ being Lord and Savior, but an excruciating lack of influence of that same faith upon their daily affairs and efforts that would get them out from under the types of situations that they were harmfully finding themselves in. Issues even as large as addiction, divorce and failing marriages, intemperate finances, suicidal thought, depressions, obsessive compulsions, hostile anger, continuing victim-hood, pornography, disputes and the like, things that believers in Christ Jesus should by now be making large supernatural strides against. Simply stated, what I fear most is "how can the faith of these multitudes of brethren be of any use to others and our Lord if seemingly it could not be of any use in their own situations"?

After a long search, I was compelled to collect such a resource to this end on my own and to make it public domain freely redistributable. Granted, there are many Christian books and blogs out there covering each of these many set backs individually. There are also thousands of websites that present hand picked lists of favorite topic related scriptures. The vacuum as I sensed it was that most all of these available resources were missing out on the daily application of these "new life" principals in a singular clear and concise manner applicable to any/all these needs in one source.

The one source/one message concept was key. I came to admire the Apostle Peter's "like precious faith" discourse in kjv@2Peter:1 for it's stunning and practical scope and it's simple consistency. He was from a time when the principals of practical and productive Christian living didn't have to be divided out into hundreds of different book titles/topical seminars or retreats. The message and the application was the same across the board: Christ's influence upon us. Consider how simple the statement is:


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.

There is no divisions made toward marriage nor finance nor anything other. The application is always the same no matter what the immediate topic: Christ's unrestrained influence upon us (or as he put it "partaking of His divine nature").

This effort I have made has gone through several revisions and presentable forms. It is always being reworked and developed. This is only it's present form.

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Introduction

kjv@2Peter:1


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.

kjv@2Peter:1:5 @ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

kjv@2Peter:1:7 @ And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

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.

kjv@2Peter:1:9 @ But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

kjv@2Peter:1:10 @ Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

kjv@2Peter:1:11 @ For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

kjv@2Peter:1:12 @ Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

kjv@2Peter:1:13 @ Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

kjv@2Peter:1:14 @ Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

kjv@2Peter:1:15 @ Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

kjv@2Peter:1:16 @ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

kjv@2Peter:1:17 @ For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

kjv@2Peter:1:18 @ And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

kjv@2Peter:1:19 @ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

kjv@2Peter:1:20 @ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

kjv@2Peter:1:21 @ For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

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Foundations of the "Like Precious Faith"

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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:

    Before we get started I would would ask that you do two things in preparation:
  1. Re-read the entire chapter kjv@2Peter:1 that this series will be based upon.
  2. Take a look at the original application workup sheet folpfapp1.html

The FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries is based upon one easy to find chapter toward the end of the New Testament kjv@2Peter:1 that we use as a map to the bible's greater context. Bookmark it! This will become our flow sheet for discovering the pathway to spiritual productivity, being fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

This divides nicely into three distinct sections that you can mark in your Bible:


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

You have now seen a sneak peek of the first of several practical application aids that will soon be considered to help you "have these things in you and abound". It can be used as a framework for further study, for prayer, for self inventory, for counseling and spiritual planning. Without knowing something more about it however, it will likely be foreign and nonsensical to you until some elemental foundations are better developed.

Please follow this foundational platform sequentially the first two or three times round expanding outward into the provided context with each pass.

For Online Version Readers:
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. (try it now kjv@2Peter:1:1)

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. (try it now Peter)

Primary Text - The 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.

Contextual Anchors - Foundations v1-4

Think of Peter's discourse as containing numerous anchors for us to fasten the greater contexts of scripture upon. If true, we should be finding more and more context to afix to it, the weight of context sending us directions to the greatest and most practical insights. By the time we put the chapter context back into it's intended perspective we should have means to much greater spiritual productivity effecting our lives and the lives of others surrounding us.

Please familiarize yourself for now with each segment as we will be making use of each frequently when we start drawing together specific applications:


  1. SimonPeter
  2. ServantApostleOf
  3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
  4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
  5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
  6. CalledToGloryVirtue
  7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
  8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust
  9. KnowledgeOfJesusChrist

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Simon Peter

(child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

kjv@2Peter:1:1 @ Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ...

Simon Peter - A case study in the truest spiritual transformation of a man.

Men/Women can transform themselves in a certain respect. They can slightly alter their coarse. They can shed a few bad habits. They can squeeze a little more faith and/or effort out of themselves. They can even, as in the case of Peter, follow along with a holy teacher for a solely devoted period of three years, only to find however that they are still much as they were trapped by the same faulty intellectual calculations and personal expectations of the course such transformation was likely to follow. These are the transformations men and women of their own produce are likely to make. Different? yes! Better? Perhaps in a human sense.

In Peter (and his fellow disciples) however, we have the outline of a man that the majority of us can personally identify with; a man early on as we meet him strong in his convictions and bold in his attitudes and inclinations, a man yet prone to his own clumsy spiritual mistakes. He is a driven man however in the sudden burst of the confusion and despair at Calvary's end that could have gone on one of two directions: his own transformation (as spiritual as it sounded and as best as he himself could figure it all out) or the way soon to be directed for him by the Holy Spirit. Had the images now past and the life altering daily relationship leading to the Cross with his Lord not grabbed him so deeply to his soul he might have slipped from the truer course ahead; the course we too must not fear to consider.

There are two courses to transformation only: the Lord's and all the others. Let us look then at the course Peter was eventually lead.

Contextual Anchors - Simon Peter

Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

Before being a disciple:


Having become a disciple:


Having received the Holy Spirit:


Regeneration

(see: Topical study TorreyNewBirth or slidy:TorreyNewBirth )


  • The corruption of human nature requires
  • None can enter heaven without
  • Effected by God
  • Effected by Christ
  • Effected by The Holy Spirit
  • Through the instrumentality of The word of God
  • Through the instrumentality of The resurrection of Christ
  • Through the instrumentality of The ministry of the gospel
  • Is of the will of God
  • Is of the mercy of God
  • Is for the glory of God
  • Described as A new creation
  • Described as Newness of life
  • Described as A spiritual resurrection
  • Described as A new heart
  • Described as A new spirit
  • Described as Putting on the new man
  • Described as The inward man
  • Described as Circumcision of the heart
  • Described as Partaking of the divine nature
  • The washing of regeneration
  • All saints partake of
  • Produces Likeness to God
  • Produces Likeness to Christ
  • Produces Knowledge of God
  • Produces Hatred of sin
  • Produces Victory over the world
  • Produces Delight in God's law
  • Evidenced by Faith in Christ
  • Evidenced by Brotherly love
  • Connected with adoption
  • The ignorant cavil at
  • Manner of effecting - Illustrated

  • Practical Aspects

    I have purposely divided the scriptural context of Peter's life in to three discernible segments for the benefit of our present considerations: before being a disciple, the three year period alongside Jesus as a traveling disciple, after having received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is my belief that scripture suggests the first two of these three modes of human operation are largely a product of self and the third given of God. It wasn't until Peter was divinely emptied of his manufactured faith and resource after the crucification that he truly became fluent and surrendered to the Holy Spirit produced "like precious" form of faith.

    This one distinction in Peter's spiritual output will become increasingly important to our considerations on the premise that the "like precious faith" is unlike any other faith that any other man of any other persuasion minus Christ can produce, it is radically different by being the result solely of the incomparable influence and resource of God's righteousness through Christ Jesus upon the believer.

    I believe that we can begin to understand this one distinction better by comparing each segment up against some benchmarks that we will later be further developing. Granted, these will be over simplified definitions.


    1. VirtuousFaith - What belief Peter was valiantly standing firm for and advancing forward against the tide with? He went from a national belief filled with tradition and ritual and self imposed rigor to a belief heavy with personal investment and tutelage to a belief eternally grateful and indebted to the person of the risen savior/surrendered toward and empowered by the Spirit of His Lord's power.
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - What knowledge base (human or spiritual) Peter is operating from to support his firm stand with? He went from what others were telling him based upon the law to what he himself was being taught and was witnessing as best he could figure it out to what God alone was revealing to him by the Holy Spirit in the continuing confirmation of Jesus.
    3. TemperateKnowledge - What temperance Peter was giving to what he was seeking to know? where he was getting it from? what he is doing with it? He went from what everyone else was debating to what he and the other disciples were experiencing to what was being revealed/instructed/lead/corrected through the Holy Spirit.
    4. PatientTemperance - What time frame and further expectations he has imposed on the forseeable results? He went from common expectations to his own expectations to the faithful no matter what his own expectation to God's.
    5. GodlyPatience - What service and other actions Peter was willing to put himself forward into toward others in advance of the expected results? He went from serving his own situation and needs to serving the possibility of what being employed by Jesus could mean to his status to serving all others sacrificially in the expectation of Christ's soon return.
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Whether the objectives of these actions and expectations of Peter are directed toward the spiritual benefit of others. He went from a legalistic mindset to a tutored mindset to a divinely inspired and empowered minset.
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - How closely in response to God's love upon him was Peter's love towards others? Peter went a from where God's love appeared to be mostly historical and national to a three year side by side experience to a point where he finally knew the depth of God's profound love presented in the gift of HIS saving Son.

    There are no doubt a great many things in the course of this life for which we Christians might be seeking change; things that perhaps are observably besetting us from a more productive life or Christian experience. Later it may be to seek a more lively spiritual existence or ministry or worship. For the most part though we tend to compartmentalize these needs seeking only the change that would come in that particular area of deficit. Like a younger Peter, we think we know how these changes are to applied and are bold enough to step out on what we think we know. But without seeing the entire top down picture from a totally spiritual perspective, what is it that we actually know and are stepping out into? Likely what we do know is more of the same human thing: different in the human regard, no different to the Lord's.

    Seeing the transformation that Peter underwent by this primary distinction of from what source one's spirituality being emanating from should go a long way to us understand what is necessary for us truly becoming fruitful in the knowledge of Christ to the respect that no other self generated faith can obtain. My contention is that the human produced form of these things differs greatly from that which finally produced in him by the death and resurrection of his friend and Savior and by the now permanently indwelling Holy Spirit. The resulting actions may appear to be similar, but the direction and anointing placed upon them are spiritual worlds apart.

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    Servant and Apostle Of?

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

    kjv@2Peter:1:1 @ Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ...

    To What/Whom are we Servants and Apostles?

    It is obvious to us now having read the gospel accounts that the Pharisees fully believed that they were servants of God. When it came right down to it they did not in the slightest respect recognize the Lord's person when He stood face to face before them however. How is it that one can serve the Lord and yet not recognize Him? in fact outright reject His very presence? Who was it then that they were serving all that time? We today have to ask ourselves the same thing.

    You know the Christian landscape just as well as I in this modern era. There is certainly a abundance of bible knowledge out there; a lot of zealous (even fanatical) service as well; a lot of tell tale inconsistencies as well. Not to put ourselves above or below it, but how well is that bible knowledge serving God at this point in time? Perhaps it is not serving God so much at this time as it is instead being used by us to serve our many problems, problems that unexplainably we seem to continue to generate for ourselves.

    Ask yourself this: if a man/women truly gave the life they had previously lived over to Christ Jesus, what problems would still yet remain? There is not an easy answer to this except to reason with respect to the transformation we previously considered in SimonPeter that while a person can give their physical being over to "the service of God" they can still continue project things upon God that really aren't God and really aren't the way God would have him go about doing this.

    And if to serve God in this self generated way, what image of God is it that we exhibit and project to those around us?

    Let's look deeper!

    Contextual Anchors - Servant/Apostle

    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Servant

    G1401 doulos - bond servant/subject strkjv@STRING:G1401
    (see: Word study - DoulosServant or slidy:DoulosServant )


    2. Apostle


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G652'

    G652 @ ἀπόστολος apostolos ap-os'-tol-os From G649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (apostle) (with miraculous powers): - apostle messenger he that is sent.

    (see: Word study - ApostolosApostle or slidy:ApostolosApostle )


    Jesus Christ

    We will hold off for the moment fastening bulk context till the next page foundation. Suffice it for now that all the context that would be for us to consider in this present regard ties into the "righteousness of God and Savior" clause upcoming.

    Practical Aspects

    Let us consider our own spiritual fruitfulness in terms of for whom/what we serve and are most an apostle/delegate for by the same benchmarks that we used previously in our considerations of SimonPeter:


    1. VirtuousFaith - To what or whom do we believe strongly enough to valiantly serve and by example if not word proclaim? One could say Jesus Christ and intend for it to be so, but further investigation might show a continuance of the same mode of self willed operation as prior to the knowledge of Christ. One might also say Jesus Christ but not have the strength of conviction to stand behind it fully upon opposition or threat of tribulation because of it.
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - What more do we know about what we stand for to serve that helps cross mere faith over the bridge into sustainable daily actions?
    3. TemperateKnowledge - From what source, by what manner and to what end is knowledge towards that service gained?
    4. PatientTemperance - How long shall time and effort be given for such temperance to become of the expected effect?
    5. GodlyPatience - What is done in that time to reflect the continuing influence and interests of that which is being served?
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Who else is being effected by our actions and presentation? What beneficial influence to their service is it to them?
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - How is God's love for us being reflected and presented by such service amongst us all?

    The oddity of our present exercise is that without knowing the "righteousness of God and Savior" soon to be examined, we cannot reliably confirm whether we indeed serve the Jesus Christ beyond our own wish and manufacturing. Yet, this odd dilemma is exactly where the majority of all believers seem to be at; they believe in a Jesus Christ for their salvation one day future and for the provision of their many needs today, but little is sought out about the essential righteousness that makes Him any different from the image of Christ that they (or anyone with/without Christ) would themselves manufacture. They are stuck at the same point of only serving what seems right or feels best according to them. Some are even operating as if it is Jesus Christ needing to serve their wants and needs.

    The topical scriptures gathered above will help us better understand and appreciate the depth of this particular foundation and to better question whether our present state of affairs is a result of faithfully serving and being delegate of Jesus Christ and His rightful claims and needs or if in fact it is product of us being such to our own conceived interests.

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    Faith Obtained Through the Righteousness of God and Savior

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

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

    Faith Obtained

    Where does our faith come from? From within us? Did we suddenly become smart enough to have figured enough of it out, enough to believe/consent to it? It may well depend upon what it is that we are believing in. Was it that we were proven wrong in so many of our previous deductions that we came of this new enlightened vantage point? Nay, I rather doubt that any of us would have allowed ourselves to be proven anything we didn't want to believe from the start.

    The "like precious" faith believes first and foremost in the righteousness of God and our Savior. How is it that we came to believe that? Because God and Savior's righteousness went out of it's way to make it known/prove it forth to us. What that righteousness is as revealed by God and Savior becomes what we in turn are servant and apostle to, just as were "the Apostles" like Peter. It is that which becomes for us our transformation and our daily productive spiritual life.

    Otherwise faith is the mere belief that a God of some particular but nebulous form exists and that it is within our power to make ourselves better people enough to help Him somehow make things right (or at least better).

    Is that what the scriptures say?

    Contextual Anchors -

    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Given seemingly as by lot:


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2975'

    G2975 @ λαγχάνω lagchanō lang-khan'-o A prolonged form of a primary verb which is only used as an alternate in certain tenses; to lot that is determine (by implication receive) especially by lot: - his lot be cast lots obtain.

    kjv@Hebrews:12:2 @ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...

    kjv@Romans:12:3 @ For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.


    2. If given, then a faith more than the simple nebulous belief or hope:


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4102'

    G4102 @ πίστις pistis pis'-tis From G3982; persuasion that is credence; moral conviction (of religious truth or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher) especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance belief believe faith fidelity.

    (see: word study - PistisFaith or slidy:PistisFaith )


    3. God's Grace

    (see: Topical study - TorreyGodsGrace or slidy:TorreyGodsGrace )


    4. Is as a result of and is in God's/Savior's righteousness:


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1343'

    G1343 @ δικαιοσύνη dikaiosunē dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness.

    (see: word study - DikaiosuneRighteousness or slidy:DikaiosuneRighteousness )


    Practical Aspects

    In our considerations we need to begin taking notice as to how much is being identified as having been given/sourced from God to man and not merely manufactured by man to serve an image of himself in relation any image of God. This instead is given by the God of all righteousness for the establishment of a corresponding righteousness amongst all HIS creation occurring as a full scale transformation from man's self righteousness to man's ultimate fellowship and participation with all righteousness in God's everlasting kingdom. It can not and will not be anything of man's own evolution or making.


    1. VirtuousFaith - Do we truly believe in the all encompassing righteousness of God and our savior Jesus Christ? Do we honestly have the strength of conviction to follow it where ever it leads and what ever it asks of us to do? or situation that doing so puts us into?
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - What do we know about this tremendous and often complicated righteousness that would strengthen our conviction to courageously act to advance it forward in our daily lives and human difficulties?
    3. TemperateKnowledge - Are we focused solely on said righteousness as we seek to obtain the answers and directions and knowledge required for the day and the battle ahead?
    4. PatientTemperance - Are we patient giving God at least the presumption of this righteousness even when the understanding of of it hasn't yet been made clear?
    5. GodlyPatience - Will we act forward in this righteousness toward others even when their response or developing response is not yet clear?
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Will this righteousness be sacrificed or diminished at the alter of just wanting everyone else to get along? or safe from their recourse?
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - Is our love projected forth the same as God's love projected in?

    We ask ourselves where this type of required faith/virtue/knowledge/temperance/patience/godliness/brotherly kindness/agape comes from? It is Peter's response that "God hath given us all things pertaining to life and godliness"; this life, this form of godliness. Paul also states it as a given portion or measure. There is even the suggestion that more of it can be asked for and added.

    There is certainly the faith that any man of any persuasion can muster up from within. This faith does not require any form of divine righteousness and most likely avoids it all together. Neither does that faith have to stand for anything, know anything, be temperate about anything, be patient for anything, act forth on anything, be kind toward anything, reflect God's love toward anything; it can in fact stand against all or any thing(s) and be on it's own exclusive island. It can be merely a hope or determination or else the lack thereof.

    The difficulty of course is in the real time discernment distinguishing between the two faith entities. It should be assumed that without a working familiarity of the "righteousness of God and Savior" any operation of faith is likely an operation of the more familiar and nebulous human faith form. This difficult distinction is true not only in the direction of one's belief and perception and deduction, but also as related to the means and method and resources to be as a consequence advanced forward.

    More directly, the "like precious" faith form of righteousness as I am becoming more and more aware is less about God gaining enough control to make all this right eventually (as many Christians suppose), it is that God is sovereign and that it has always been right all that HE has done and allowed and offered (despite what it appears to be in our limited minds), that it always will be right what HE is going to do/allow/offer; it all precisely fulfills HIS manifold purpose. It is the perpetual and unchanging equity of HIS character and actions.

    Consider that in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount the very first exhortations given are to be of a yielding spirit/humility/hungry for righteousness/pure heart/etc... Again in the same sermon Jesus exhorts "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you". Consider that Solomon counseled to trust in the Lord with all one's heart, lean not on one's own understanding, to acknowledge the Lord in all one's ways, that the Lord Himself will then direct one's path. What else could these pointers possibly mean if not along these very "obtained through the righteousness of God and Savior" lines?

    We will want to come back to this study point frequently in order to get past this human tendency.

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    Grace and Peace Multiplied in the Knowledge of God and Jesus Christ

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

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

    Grace and peace in light of righteousness.

    If there is one thing that can be said immediately about our current and varied problems/spiritual un-productivity it would be that there is a multi directional lack of grace and peace. It starts with a lack of grace and peace with God's righteousness typically (as it did coincidentally with Adam and Eve), who HE is, what He is doing, what HE is directing us to do or not do or become, how HE is going about directing us towards that, etc.. It often manifests itself as the lack of grace and peace with our own selves, our own nakedness before God and each other, our sense of shame for appearance or perhaps guilt for rebellion, our blame placed upon each other though we try to get along for the most part that we've become what we've become. It moves on and isolates us to where we justify the way we do and worship the way we do. It overtakes our entire existence in negative ways just as it would in positive ways if we were to but turn the corner and come back to grace and peace first with God's righteousness (if we could).

    Yes "grace and peace" in this epistle certainly is used as a form of greeting by Peter. Before simply skipping over the phrase though, let us consider that Peter (being held accountable for all his words) is also performing a smooth transition into what is next to follow. This mid sentence bridge kept in sequence to our inquiry provides some foundational insights well worth not brushing by.

    Contextual Anchors - Grace and Peace Multiplied

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    1. Grace.


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5485'

    G5485 @ χάρις charis khar'-ece From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying) of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable benefit favour gift grace (-ious) joy liberality pleasure thank (-s -worthy).

    (see: Word study CharisGrace or slidy:CharisGrace )


    2. Peace.


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1515'

    G1515 @ εἰρήνη eirēnē i-rah'-nay Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: - one peace quietness rest + set at one again.

    (see: Word study EirenePeace or slidy:EirenePeace )


    3. Multiplied.


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4129'

    G4129 @ πληθύνω plēthunō play-thoo'-no From another form of G4128; to increase (transitively or intransitively): - abound multiply.

    4. Through the knowledge.


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1922'

    G1922 @ ἐπίγνωσις epignōsis ip-ig'-no-sis From G1921; recognition that is (by implication) full discernment acknowledgement: - (ac-) knowledge (-ing -ment).

    (see: Word study EpignosisKnowledge or slidy:EpignosisKnowledge )


    Reconciliation with God

    (see: Topical study TorreyReconciliation or slidy:TorreyReconciliation )


    Practical Aspects

    In continuation with the previous context it could be related "at grace and peace with God's and Savior's righteousness", "at grace and peace with whatever that given faith requires in order to rightly serve and be an apostle of Him", "at grace and peace with the transformation ideal to the new spiritually operating productive man". This would amplify what it means for grace and peace to be multiplied in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, for at the base of it is the knowledge of the fuller revelation of His complete and all encompassing righteousness; the righteousness performed between God and Savior to our great benefit.


    1. VirtuousFaith - Are we of the belief that being at grace and peace equates to living the easy life? or are we of the belief that being at grace and peace will require the valor and moral stamina to fight in the prescribed way for it, to firmly establish/sustain it?
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - What do we know about the person of our Jesus Christ that would make that fight for our given faith even possible? What else do we still hunger to know about Him that the instills further grace and peace moving forward?
    3. TemperateKnowledge - In the face of all that could come against it, how temperate or guarded can we be with this established grace and peace and the further pursuit to multiply it?
    4. PatientTemperance - How patient can we be with ourselves and others or the developing situations encountered daily standing guard over what we know and what we are learning of Christ and His grace and peace given us?
    5. GodlyPatience - Is our patience towards others and developments actively moving forward within our own grace and peace that we have come to know and cherish in Christ Jesus?
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Is our kindness exerted towards our brethren forged out of the alignment of this given and multiplying grace and peace with God's righteousness?
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - Are we at grace and peace with God's love as we are with His righteousness enough to radiate it toward the brethren in Christ? to receive it ourselves in like kind from them?

    It is quite possible to be at grace and peace by the avoidance of God's/Saviors' righteousness and knowledge thereof; else one's righteousness over the others'. That however does not make for this productive faith and it is not the faith that is given. Knowledge of righteousness brings about like precious faith. Faith brings the continuing inquiry into the deeper revelations of righteousness and thereby additional faith. With the deeper knowledge can come the process of multiplying such grace and peace.

    There are two Greek words for knowledge to acquaint ourselves with in this chapter: Epignosis (see: EpignosisKnowledge) and Gnosis (see: GnosisKnowledge). At present we are speaking of the EpignosisKnowledge or "recognition and acknowledgement in full of the large scale person and authority of Jesus the Christ". The action of recognition/acknowledgement is being specifically pointed grammatically here to the direct object of His righteousness; the recognition/acknowledgement of His righteousness. Further it is depicted as a knowledge that is obtained and that produces as such a faith on equal standing with that faith originally experienced by the Apostles; "like precious" faith.

    The singular topics of Grace and Peace can themselves bring about a much deeper understanding of this tremendous righteousness unknown to the nebulous of faith. Remember that in context this is not a manufactured grace and peace, it one offered from the Godhead to be received and enacted by us.

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    Divine Power Hath Given All Things Pertaining to Life and Godliness

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

    kjv@2Peter:1:3 @ According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness...

    We have asked a whole lot of questions so far without coming much to any answers; that being with specific purpose. So often our minds are consumed with the need to come up with answers and directional shifts that it can perform for itself (with little assistance as possible preferably). Often times what is most needed spiritually speaking however is instead to have the tremendous influence of God in Christ upon us.

    What did Israel know about parting Red Seas? What answers would they themselves have come up with given their predicament? How is that any different than the modern couple that has exhausted any hope or answer to their marital problems? How is that any different then the predicament of addiction or unwelcome but persistent suicidal thoughts? Let's explore that openly now!

    Contextual Anchors - Divine and Given

    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Divine Power.

    G1411 Dunamis - Power/Force/Miraculous
    (see: Word study DunamisPower or slidy:DunamisPower )


    2. Hath Given.

    G1433 Dōreomai - give/bestow gratuitously

    3. Life.

    G2222 Zoe - Life
    (see: Word study ZoeLife or slidy:ZoeLife )


    4. Godliness.

    G2150 Eusebeia - Godliness/Piety/Holiness
    (see: Word study EusebeiaGodliness or slidy:EusebeiaGodliness )


    Practical Aspects

    What other thing would be needed of God more than the "all things" already given in Christ? What need that He has provided for falls outside of "life" and "godliness"? Could it be that because of our lack of grace and peace with God/Saviors' righteousness that our perspective of what is needed vastly differs?


    1. VirtuousFaith - Where would such a valiant uncommon conviction come from if it wasn't given us by the divine power of God?
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - Where would such a supporting knowledge to our valor come from if it wasn't given by us the divine power of God? If not through the knowledge of of Him that called us to glory and virtue?
    3. TemperateKnowledge - Where would such a focused and undiminished knowledge come from if not by the divine power of God?
    4. PatientTemperance - Where would such a patience come from and be grown if not by the divine power of God?
    5. GodlyPatience - Where would such an active and engaged and empowered godliness come from if not by the divine power of God?
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Where would such a relentless kindness come from if not by the divine power of God?
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - Where would such a love come from that can be radiated toward all things if not by the divine power of God?

    I fear that the common way that we consider this foundational element is that it is steered towards the conclusion that God has created/built into each man/women all needed abilities and resources for life and godliness into our human conscience and intelligence, that in all people this "having been given all" need only to be stirred as if somehow dormant or innate. What we find however in the greater Bible context is that what God has actually given to us is Jesus Christ whom to us has been made "all things". This is an important clarification to the "like precious" faith as it is not our innate abilities and resources that we have sworn ourselves to serve. Any innate or virtuous ability we might have once had has been more than proven by God and Savior's righteousness to be faulty and corrupt.

    What it means then that Christ has been given and is become "all things" pertaining to life and godliness is that by His authority and complete daily influence on the believer true life and spiritual godliness is issued by Christ to the receiving for the purpose of being stepped out on and walked in by us faithfully and with valor. As you begin seeking the direction towards the answers that will be best (given by divine power), no matter where your present situation or difficulty might reside, one has to get past the human tendency reverting back in the direction of one's self and one's own ability and resource.

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    Called To Glory and Virtue

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

    kjv@2Peter:1:3 @ ...through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

    If to ask many people today of the answers that they have formulated for themselves it could be better observed perhaps that they see themselves as called to a 12 Step program or that they are called to a certain marital retreat or such. Not that this would not be a direction our Savior would point one to go, but that one's obedience to that specific direction could well be traveled in much a short sighted or self purposed and resourced fashion; therefore having a severely lessened spiritual production. Our calling instead is described as being much broader and far reaching; it is in fact to "glory and virtue". We should never ever loose sight of that fact!

    It should be obvious in light of the scriptures already considered that this "glory and virtue" is not something that we will make for ourselves. There is a huge disconnection between what we see ourselves being/becoming with what God righteously has created and called us to and made provision for us to be and become.

    The "like precious faith" takes quite a different direction however between what we are capable of compared to what God is better wanting to influence upon us, as we are soon to see. Already we've seen from Peter that he sees himself as a totally new spiritually born individual pressed into immediate service and apostleship to the Lord of Heaven of Earth/resurrected Son of the Living God given a specific faith derived from the utter righteousness of said God and Savior with whom he has been made to be at a grace and peace and that multiplied further in the Christ knowledge.

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    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Called

    G2564 kaleō - to call/bid
    (see: Word Study KaleoCalling or slidy:KaleoCalling )


    2. Glory

    G1391 - Glory
    (see: Word Study DoxaGlory or slidy:DoxaGlory )


    3. Virtue


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G703'

    G703 @ ἀρέτη aretē ar-et'-ay From the same as G730; properly manliness (valor) that is excellence (intrinsic or attributed): - praise virtue.

    Practical Aspects

    There is nothing that I consider more motivational and encouraging for myself in street level ministry than the realization that we are each called by Christ to such a inconceivable glory and virtue. How this differs from the other many religious faiths is that Jesus already went as far as accomplishing everything required toward making that happen; not that we deserve it or are entitled to it, but that He has made it available.

    Interestingly enough, it was Satan that deceived Eve into thinking that God was holding her back from any of that. The slight of hand was made to feel that she deserved something better and had to do something decisively on her own to make something other than what was present happen.


    1. VirtuousFaith - Now knowing this to be our calling do we have the strength of conviction to follow this campaign to it's conclusion? to allow Him to do in us and in others what He needs to get done to prepare us for this?
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - Do we know and trust Him enough to stay committed to the course?
    3. TemperateKnowledge - Can we keep the distractions and indulgences of other teachings far from the center of His leadings?
    4. PatientTemperance - Can we wait for Him to achieve this complex task in us without soon jumping to the next human impulse?
    5. GodlyPatience - Can we wait for Him to achieve this complex task in others and as brethren in the same process encourage and help each others to continue onward?
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Is our form of godliness empowered to help others to learn of this calling and the process of helping one another through it?
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - Is the love that we share one with another the same as the love our God has shared in the giving of His Son to have made this opportunity of ultimate glory and virtue happen for all in this world that would believe His name?

    How does Peter's faith differ from ours? It would of course depend upon what stage of transformation you see yourself as being at. Are you at the "just like every one else" spiritual stage? are you at the "being alongside of Jesus making whatever best you can out make of it" stage? or are you in the "Holy Spirit lead and directed as only HE can" stage? Is your perception of an eventual "glory and grace" what you are wanting it to be to serve your own interests? or is it what the "righteousness of God and Savior" is transforming us towards glory and virtue?

    We are called to an immense glory and virtue, brethren, not something we could produce or imagine ourselves. What a blessing to know this as we begin to consider the Lord's deliverance of us from this our present corrupted state. It is a blessing here and now as this transformation is beginning to take shape; in our own lives, in the lives of our dear brethren. It is a blessing as we see the opposing flow of this world's corruption coming up against us making us all the more spiritually resolved. In fact, much of what we presently face is the opportunity and process righteously chosen by God to make that glory and virtue come about.

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    Exceeding Promises / Partakers of His Divine Nature

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

    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,...

    We are going to be getting in to the consideration of the massive corruption of this world that we are all plagued by shortly; the things in particular now that we are Christians that have been corrupting our better intentions and decisions and establishments etc... To best understand this ugly matter we really need to have a familiarity with the Divine Nature that is supposed to be partaken of in Christ; promised to have been made available. Without the contrast of light and dark it is hard to explain further where we are at in the transition one to the other as participating "like precious" believers.

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    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Precious Promises


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5093'

    G5093 @ τίμιος timios tim'-ee-os Including the comparative τίμιώτερος timiōteros and the superlative τίμιώτατος timiōtatos; from G5092; valuable that is (objectively) costly or (subjectively) honored esteemed or (figuratively) beloved: - dear honourable (more most) precious had in reputation.


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1862'

    G1862 @ ἐπάγγελμα epaggelma ep-ang'-el-mah From G1861; a self committal (by assurance of conferring some good): - promise.

    (see: Topical Study DivinePromise or slidy:DivinePromise )


    (see also: Topical study TorreyConvenant or slidy:TorreyConvenant )

    2. Partakers


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2844'

    G2844 @ κοινωνός koinōnos koy-no-nos' From G2839; a sharer that is associate: - companion X fellowship partaker partner.

    Note: The more practical aspects of "partaking" of this divine nature will be studied in the second part of this foundational series ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith. Please take this time to become familiar with this precise divine nature before attempting to partake of it. For now, let it suffice to acquaint ourselves with the topic of abiding in Christ (see: Chapter study kjv@John:15 or sl[kjv@John:15]).

    3. Divine Nature


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2304'

    G2304 @ θεῖος theios thi'-os From G2316; godlike (neuter as noun divinity): - divine godhead.


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5449'

    G5449 @ φύσις phusis foo'-sis From G5453; growth (by germination or expansion) that is (by implication) natural production (lineal descent); by extension a genus or sort; figuratively native disposition constitution or usage: - ([man-]) kind nature ([-al]).

    As Peter's choice of words is mostly unique to the epistles, I would like to expand the context out to the broader similitudes:

    (see: Topical study DivineNature or slidy:DivineNature as being God's Holiness producing the genesis of sanctified believers)


    (see: Topical study DivineGod or slidy:DivineGod as declared by scripture of God)


    Practical Aspects

    There are two conceivable natures that can be partaken of by any of us at any time, that which is manufactured by self, that which is the direct and substantial produce of God. Throughout the Old Testament men have been proven over and over to have operated from the nature that he himself is quite able and willing to manufacture; this being evident even (or shall we say especially) in their religious endeavors. If one thing can be emphatically stated about man from the Covenant of the Law it would be that man (all men) are utterly incapable of manufacturing even the slightest resemblance of fulfilling the intents of said Law. This is despite his good intention and moral conscience, despite his zeal and obsessive effort. This despite an inbred preference for wanting to earn his justification with God based upon good deeds and works rather than a pure reliance upon God's merciful grace. This manufactured lack of partaking is not just an Old Testament thing either. Thankfully we have the examples in the New Testament of men and women such as Peter to look to observe what is better intended.

    In order to be able to partake of such a divine nature as suggested, avoiding any self generated guesswork or possible human corruption, one must be able to discern the dividing line between what he himself is manufacturing and what the truer divine source is actually projecting. What better way to know the nature of what is being divinely projected first and foremost than by the covenant promises made emphatically and unconditionally by the divine source from the very beginning on through to their complete fulfillment in Christ Jesus the author and finisher of spiritually regenerated "like precious" faith. If to partake of His divine nature then to partake of all of the nature that the covenant promises project about who He is and what for us He is meant to be.


    1. VirtuousFaith - Is there in us the faith and courage to see things as we likely have not seen them before, not as we would rather manufacture, but as Father Son and Spirit would mercifully project? Is there the confident belief and trust in God's Word, HIS covenant promises exceeding and great, substantial enough to produce valiant actions derived from HIS resource rather than our own? Is there the vigorous and manly compulsion to know our LORD by what He has promised Himself to be even if that is to mean us thinking much less of ourselves in order to be the more driven by Him?
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - Is there the courage to know better where the dividing line of human self and divine nature lay? To know that this is the particular path is the way for me to go today for it is not the path (without His promises) I would have myself manufactured? Is this thing I am about to do being done because of what I know about myself or because of what I confidently know about my blessed Savior Jesus? What is it that I know about my Savior and how do I go about knowing more than I presently do about Him?
    3. TemperateKnowledge - What is the best thing to know this Jesus by? by what you think Him to be? what you want Him to be? or by what He in sincere and longstanding relationship with me has revealed Himself to be starting with His covenant promises? Has He promised that by partaking of His divine nature that we will be as gods, knowing good and evil? or that He will be our God and we His people?
    4. PatientTemperance - In the performance of HIS covenant promises God has been both extremely temperate and extremely patient. Now that the lion's share of the promise has been fulfilled God remains temperate and patient for us to get on board with the saving and sanctifying aspects of what has already been and what remains to be performed. Can we be just as patient and temperate with the all important processes at work by Him as He has been and continues to be with us? To partake of His divine nature is to also partake of His divine patience!
    5. GodlyPatience - There is a form of godliness it is said that denies the power thereof. Judging by our frequent nature of being beset by so much, I gather it is this godliness the majority of us Christians. It surely is not by God's divine nature that our supposed godly nature has become so powerless (especially against all that still besets us), it is by our frequent lack of partaking in His. Shall we be patient with this powerless form of godliness any longer? Shall we rather become all the more powerfully patient in His?
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Is our kindness for others in likeness to the kindness shown us by God (God Likeness)? Is it a projection of our developing immersive relationship with HIM or else our rush to get our own answers and doings done?
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - Is our rush toward our own answers and doings worth putting (for the time being perhaps) aside to get someone else closer to theirs? If not, why not? Could God be steering the attainment of our answers toward the personal sacrifice involved in helping others to obtain theirs?

    Given the tendencies of the carnal mind, "exceeding great and precious promises" are going to be taken an entirely different direction than spiritually intended. The modern thought for Christians is to cherry pick scriptural promises to personally "claim" over their personal finances or health or career successes or entanglements etc... There are lists of such promises compiled for every desired outcome conceivable. Note that is not the current practice to suffer the process of transformation of our financial habits, only to be somehow extracted immediately from the consequences of such continuing habits; it is a seeking of deliverance from consequences not deliverance from substantive and habitual cause. Such a consideration makes the meaning of promise neither great nor precious nor even effectual, only self serving.

    Rather, the concept of promise is first and foremost the promise of there being one Jesus the Christ provided to all righteous means and ends by the Holy Father, fully established, fully confirmed, fully anointed to be such. This consideration is of a singular and massive promise both exceeding great and precious by which all sub-promises following are inherent and due to His nature becoming more and more an influence upon and therefore part of us. The promise instead is that we would be by grace mercifully be given opportunity to "partake of His/Christ's divine nature", which is to mean under direct influence and the transformation of His character and will. There are many that would be willing to claim any number of His promises, but few that would place themselves under the tremendous life transformations of His sincerest acquaintance.

    It is this acquaintance and partaking that is sought by those of the "like precious" faith. It is this which becomes their abiding productivity towards spiritual abundance.

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    Escape the Corruption in this World by Lust

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

    kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ ...having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    We need to add into our present consideration of the world's all consuming corruption and the position or proximity of the "like precious" believer to either contrasting extreme. It would be one thing to say that each believer is a new creature in Christ and has escaped the corruption; he/she is in the corruption but not of the corruption. Yet often we see the observable signs of the same corruption gnawing at their marriages, their addiction recoveries, their angers/rages/hostilities/impulses/compulsions/unforgiveness, sanity overwhelming depressions, etc..

    Is this to mean that they are not new creatures? or does it mean that they have yet to be transformed by the renewing of their mind? not weaned from the milk of the word to the meat of it? Or can it mean both that ultimately in spiritual terms they are indeed new creatures escaped from the world's final corruption and yet in practical daily terms they need to empty out their former selves and get on with the partaking of new?

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    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Corruption in this world


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5356'

    G5356 @ φθορά phthora fthor-ah' From G5351; decay that is ruin (spontaneous or inflicted literally or figuratively): - corruption destroy perish.

    (see: Word study PhthoraCorruption or slidy:PhthoraCorruption )


    2. By Lust


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1939'

    G1939 @ ἐπιθυμία epithumia ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence desire lust (after).

    (see: Word study EpithumiaLust or slidy:EpithumiaLust )


    3. Escape

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G668'

    G668 @ ἀποφεύγω apopheugō ap-of-yoo'-go From G575 and G5343; (figuratively) to escape: - escape.

    Practical Aspects


    1. VirtuousFaith - The carnal mind is at enmity with the true divine nature and expressed will/promise of God; it desires or lusts after something other presumably of/for it's own. This mind has not the faith nor the virtue obtained through the righteousness of God and Savior, nor will it wish to pursue it. No amount of self determination or self imposed virtue is enough to position the carnal into a "like precious" nature until the enmity is fully dealt with and put aside (because it is the self itself that is at main issue).
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - God is prepared to set the wisdom of mankind to naught; it is as foolish to HIM as the reprobates say HIS wisdom is to them. There is also the plight expected of the simple minded who sought not the fear of the LORD. In many cases it was for cowardly fear of what their simple minded peers would think of a true God fearing man. In many more cases it was the overwhelming fear of the mere concept of death itself that ruled over them rather than the fear of our living God and future keeping them simple. Fear in either direction goes many ways towards the position one will end up durring this coming time of naught. And if there be any room to glory it will be in Christ solely.
    3. TemperateKnowledge - God looked down from heaven and saw the thoughts of man that they were only continually evil/vain. If all man's thoughts are only vain, a thought that is not vain is most unlikely to emerge from any man (all men). How then is a man or woman to find a substantial spiritual answer if the answers that he/she is searching from are nothing more than the vain thoughts of themselves others?
    4. PatientTemperance - Patience is a work of God brought about most often by one's hope-filled and faithfully executed endurance through hardships. Left to his own capacity man typically responds by compulsions of fight or flight else complaint which is not the same as temperance.
    5. GodlyPatience - Most carnal forms of godliness operate as a reward for one having done something right or having kept one's self from doing something wrong, else as an entitlement just for being who one is. If one is having to be patient by this logic it is because one is not being duly recognized for having done or been such (or so it thinks).
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Carnality tends either to seek it's own advantage in a benevolence or else it's least cost. How that is brotherly or godly defies explanation.
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - "Without charity" it is stated these other religiosites are but "clanging cymbals". The charity most essential to this understanding is the charity of which God shed for us.

    Corruption is not as simple to define as sin or death or false belief, neither can lust be explained as sexual impulse. It can be a difficult to pin point as under estimating the size and scope of a problem, the compartmentalization of your your problems from theirs, the insufficiency of half answers and poor implementations and unsustainable intentions. Corruption might be keeping one's self ignorant of the further need for the meat of God's word or the discomforted rejection of putting God's word further into place. It can be knowing the influence God wishes to have upon your life and yet settling for the commonness of not wanting to stand too far outside of the crowd. Corruption essentially is something/someone being in a state of decay.

    When it comes to our own assorted directions and decisions there are only two ultimate directions to go, one the direction all man has gone and will go, two the direction only God Himself in utter and undeserved mercy can take him. The last thing the natural man desires is to go the direction only God can take him, he is at complete enmity as if born feral abject with the very notion. Yes he wants God to free him from this ultimate death, but no he does not want to be proven anything other than wise by his own power/resource or else utterly rebellious to God's forsaking him anything as wise as he sees himself as being.

    In a very practical and daily sense our decisions follow the same strongly entrenched determining lines; even as believers. We are willing to steal away morsels from the daily scrap heap, but not to enter the house and partake of the masters excellent feast.

    For how long will this self imposed condition be?

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    Knowledge Of Jesus Christ


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

    I would like to take a brief look outside of our selected text in kjv@2Peter:1 for a moment to examine a most crucial "like precious" faith issue that will have to be carried forward through to our eventual ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith. The reason for this will become quite clear.

    There is deliberate mention multiple times by Peter in this chapter of EpignosisKnowledge :

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1922'

    G1922 @ ἐπίγνωσις epignōsis ip-ig'-no-sis From G1921; recognition that is (by implication) full discernment acknowledgement: - (ac-) knowledge (-ing -ment).


    It is important then for us to begin to consider just where this EpignosisKnowledge eminates and what it is in.

    Contextual Aspects

    Note: There are a great many more scriptural resources available that focus on who Jesus Christ is and what the presence of Christ should mean to us. It is important to not only become acquainted with these scriptures but to get to know Christ intimately through the Holy Spirit's instruction of them. This to the purpose of being able to fully acknowledge Him for all that HE is.

    The Character of Christ

    (see: Topical Study TorreyChristCharacter or slidy:TorreyChristCharacter )


    Christ is God

    (see: Topical Study TorreyChristIsGod or slidy:TorreyChristIsGod )


    Practical Aspects

    In similitude to the manner that we have already begun to practice considering each topic, let us now consider the weight of such scriptural evidence upon the workings of our "like precious" faith.

    SimonPeter - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon any regenerated man such as Peter? How different would his present life and situation become as well as his future hopes? What effect would this knowledge and acknowledgement have over a man like Peter as he came to share and acknowledge all this to others in need?

    ServantApostleOf - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have on what/who any such man/woman would be serving and be called to do?

    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman would see as righteous and necessary and obedient?

    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman would be brought to concerning his/her own peace with God or with man or with his/her/our own self?

    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman as far as what he/she would be more receiving of and from where he/she would be receiving it?

    CalledToGloryVirtue - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman would see and hope for as his/her/our future outcome?

    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman as his/her/our source and direction and ability?

    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - What effect would the full belief and acknowledgement of these Christ related facts have upon what any man/woman as they were attempting to approach their own corrupted difficulties and tendencies and traits as well as those of others?

    You can see that there is a radical change of spiritual direction involved in the EpignosisKnowledge in/of Christ that Peter is pointing us toward; stuff that we likely know a bit about, but a negligent bringing to remembrance when it comes to the applications of faith into our daily lives. It is a direction that we will want to continue following on our path towards making fruitful ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith.

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    Applications Of the Like Precious Faith

    (begun by RandyP)


    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:

    This is the second section of three in this series. Please follow them in correct order.


    1. FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - The core foundational 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

    Central Text - kjv@2Peter:1:5-11

    kjv@2Peter:1:5 @ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

    kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    kjv@2Peter:1:7 @ And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    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.

    kjv@2Peter:1:9 @ But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

    kjv@2Peter:1:10 @ Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

    kjv@2Peter:1:11 @ For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Introduction

    You are probably beginning to see the form of how I am seeking initially to present this. Throughout the FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith section we just completed I was using base elements of the soon to be read ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith as a measuring stick or contextual ballast. Now we will be doing nearly the same thing in reverse to better consider the development of any practical application. The thing we now must begin with is the phrase "And besides this".

    Think of the "and besides this" as a hing; the door does not swing open unless it turns on it's hinge in relation to the frame. The phrase might be better thought of as "what I have just said is the key to what I am about to say/what I am about to say is the key to what I have already said". Thus my hinge analogy. We cannot leave off with what we've all ready considered about all of this being given, all of this being a product of God's righteousness, all of this serving God, all of this by HIS power and resource, all of this being removed from our more corrupted nature through the promise of being able to graciously partake from His. To lose those foundation elements is to revert back to the spiritually unproductive place we are all ready at.

    Now is the time to begin considering anything that we are about to do in the light of these preceding foundations up with the further consideration of these newer spiritually based application compounds.

    Contextual Anchors - Applications v5-11

    Follow these now in sequence:

    To start:
    AllDiligenceAdd
    AboundFruitKnowledge
    LackBlindPurged

    Then towards making more practical application:
    VirtuousFaith
    KnowledgeableVirtue
    TemperateKnowledge
    PatientTemperance
    GodlyPatience
    BrotherlyGodliness
    AgapeBrotherliness

    Then to put into proper perspective:
    DiligenceElectionAssurance
    AbundantEntranceKingdom

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    Virtuous Faith


    kjv@2Peter:1:5 @ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

    Now that we have considered the preliminary details of daily application AllDiligenceAdd AboundFruitKnowledge LackBlindPurged, lets get to the practical areas Christ intends to spiritually transform us in/with.

    This is the first of seven identifiable compounds listed by Peter: Virtuous Faith.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Virtue


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G703'

    G703 @ ἀρέτη aretē ar-et'-ay From the same as G730; properly manliness (valor) that is excellence (intrinsic or attributed): - praise virtue.

    2. Faith


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4102'

    G4102 @ πίστις pistis pis'-tis From G3982; persuasion that is credence; moral conviction (of religious truth or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher) especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance belief believe faith fidelity.

    (see: Word study PistisFaith or slidy:PistisFaith )


    Practical Aspects


    1. SimonPeter - In this category we want to think in terms of identity and transformation and spiritual productivity like that observed in Peter; what God is able to make of us rather than what we are able to make of ourselves. It is the "like precious" stance that not only is something tremendously different out there to believe in, but also that there is a tremendous valor gifted to back it up and push it forward into our daily lives. It is an uncommon fortitude and boldness that has the courage both to stand solidly against the tide of corruption and to sustain the foothold in face of all opposition even to advance that position forward towards God's excellency. One can certainly understand the necessity for such a VirtuousFaith in a founding ServantApostleOf Jesus Christ like say Peter, can we see the necessity for the same "like precious" faith in yours and my daily struggles?
    2. ServantApostleOf - While we are still in this SimonPeter frame of mind (uncommon God produced identity/transformation/productivity) let us consider as well to what or to whom our present VirtuousFaith is servant to/representative of. It cannot be said given the evidence of the many worldly things that are so frequently besetting us that we are fully serving or representing Christ. We are not promised an easy carefree life in Christ Jesus, in fact we are promised tribulation and persecution. These trials however are not to be predominately because of our own carnal making, stumbling through our daily walk half in and half out of His obedience and influence. Sadly, too often our present trials instead are due to our compromise of VirtuousFaith to the service and apostleship to Christ for that awkwardly surrendered to the fear and dominance of the corrupted forms of this world.
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - In the English the definition of virtue is courage or valor towards a moral excellency. It is a fairly dry and uninspired definition if left to that, missing both the depth and seeming impossibility of enduring the multi directional assault made upon it. In the "like precious" case it is not just that it is strong against all odds and opposition, it is strong because God HIMSELF goes out of HIS way to make it so be. It is not us fighting God's battles for HIM, it is God fighting HIS own battle sharing the results of HIS victory with us. It is righteous that HE is doing thus so, righteous that has been long working so, righteous that HE is allowing us in smaller ways to experience and be witness to HIS victory so.
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - It seems odd to think in terms of extreme faith merged with valor and tremendous courage in the midst of an epic spiritual battle and at the same time to be at grace and peace; does it not? How can it be if not for the knowledge of who Christ is, what He has done, what it means to the outcome of all things? It might best be asked whether we are at grace and peace with God and Savior's continuous and wide ranging righteousness first and foremost, for from that "like precious" faith is said to be "obtained". Perhaps thereto is the matching form of true Virtue obtained as well. What then can we do to increase this knowledge of the righteousness of Jesus that multiplies such grace and peace?
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - Already we have stated that God fights God's battle, it is for us to experience and be converted over into HIS victory in both our daily lives first and then ultimately into that eternal future. HIS victory is already given in substantial form. It is a form however that requires in us transformation; something that we are most uncomfortable with. Either we meander spiritually aimless oblivious to it's direction or else we knowingly shy from it clutching it rather into our own hands and resource. Why it is that we do not have more of this transformation is the subject of this foundational series as a whole. Be it said that the outward lack of such transformation and adjoining productivity in our present daily situations is typically evidence of a severe underestimation on our part of the character and resource of God through one Jesus Christ. The lack of such faith is followed by the lack of enthusiasm and boldness carrying it forward into our daily lives.
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - There may not be a polite way to say this, so I will just say it: at present we are neither glorious nor virtuous; even at our best. I would go further to say that any virtue or glory we think that we do currently possess is an image that we alone have manufactured. Let me take it a step further still: it hasn't yet even entered into the mind of man the things that God has in store for those that love HIM. Consider well then the image that we have of ourselves, of others, of the Lord Himself, and the reliance we have upon those images in conducting our daily affairs. They are vulnerable, they are misrepresented, they are faulty, they are vain. A husband and wife barely know each other as to what they truly are let alone what they are in God's eyes. Images are largely error prone and manufactured. Can we say that we are ready to give those images up? Can we say that we've become courageous enough to start those images over from scratch? from God's uncorrupted vantage point? What then is God's vantage point?
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - This faith/faithful/boldness being depicted as VirtuousFaith, this transforming/abiding/fruitfulness being outlined as "like precious" faith, these are all part of what can best be described as "partaking" of a nature only found in Christ; it is His nature and no one others'. One cannot steal away a piece of His nature for themselves, one cannot emulate a characteristic of His nature, one cannot attain similarity to His level, one can only behold and be overwhelmingly effected by His nature. The presence and effect of this nature of His is thus promised and is exceeding. It is His nature present and effectual that influences us in these "like precious" ways, one being this VirtuousFaith. To add virtue to faith is to add His nature and influence.
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - So we ask ourselves, what advantage does the man with Christ have over the man without Christ? It should be said that he has Christ's nature and influence placed over him and that it is intended that said nature and influence of Christ be to his deliverance and escape from all that the man without Christ has yet to accept. The question must then follow, is the man with Christ allowing himself to be influenced and affected as such? If not then why not? I fear the the answer in part begins with the matter considered presently of VirtuousFaith.

    It should become increasingly obvious in this study that each of these compound elements being presented by the Apostle are much more than mere concepts, they are firm actions. Take faith as an example, faith for many is nothing more than a concept, perhaps a confession, perhaps a intellectual consent or internal comfort. Virtue however is not. It literally is not virtue unless it takes a firm action. In combination with virtue/valor faith itself becomes an action; difficult yes, opposed yes, but an action nonetheless thus necessitating virtue.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in the present consideration:









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    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.

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    Knowledgeable Virtue


    kjv@2Peter:1:5 @ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

    This is the second of seven actionable compound articles listed by Peter: Knowledgeable Virtue. The first being VirtuousFaith.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Virtue - Aretē

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G703'

    G703 @ ἀρέτη aretē ar-et'-ay From the same as G730; properly manliness (valor) that is excellence (intrinsic or attributed): - praise virtue.

    2. Knowledge - Gnosis

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1108'

    G1108 @ γνῶσις gnōsis gno'-sis From G1097; knowing (the act) that is (by implication) knowledge: - knowledge science.

    (see: Word study GnosisKnowledge or slidy:GnosisKnowledge )


    Practical Aspects


    1. SimonPeter - Again remember that we are looking into this concept with an eye as to what it was that truly made the difference in Peter's (and other Apostles) transformation/fruitfulness in a manner that the man without Christ cannot attain to; this time with the combination "virtue" and "gnosis" meaning knowledge in mind. Until now in this epistle, we have been strictly considering EpignosisKnowledge a higher or "epic" form of knowledge and acknowledgement. Might I suggest here that it is the EpignosisKnowledge of Christ Jesus that is driving the more dynamic/situational GnosisKnowledge of Peter. That doesn't truly happen in Peter's life until the receiving of the Holy Spirit when he is instructed of the Spirit of all that Jesus truly is. Even though for three years he has had the daily "epic" human experience of following side by side with Jesus, Peter has yet to know the truly "epic" risen/triumphant/ascended/exalted Jesus as confirmed by the Holy Father and Holy Spirit; his gnosis is yet incomplete and less substantially driven. Though Peter does exhibit uncommon courage at times in this condition it is both error prone and even at odds with the epignosis of Christ Jesus. We will soon be returning to the EpignosisKnowledge when it is said that we will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the EpignosisKnowledge in part by having the driven GnosisKnowledge in us and abounding.
    2. ServantApostleOf - The obvious question is what/who was Peter a servant and apostle of prior to the revelation knowledge given by the Holy Spirit? Better, who would Peter been servant and apostle of had he continued in a contrary original form? Who do we serve then without the same revelation? If to have only half the Epignosis of Jesus are we then half serving Jesus? Certainly we could serve "a Jesus Christ" of considerable form, but not "the Jesus Christ" whom the Spirit reveals to us in much more substantial and clearly defined form. This must be fully considered as any GnosisKnowledge is to broaden out into what we know about what we are doing and how we might be attempting humanly to adjust to any present situation possibly occuring.
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - Without the Spirit's revelation of Jesus what we would be able to ascertain for ourselves to know is a much compromised attainment. Certainly we would know that Jesus was a miracle man. To comprehend the use and meaning of miracles minus the deeper understanding of His righteousness though is to pull any comprehension the side of vanity. Certainly we would know that Jesus was a good teacher. Without the comprehension of His righteousness again then the goodness we think that we see in Him is pulled askew toward our vanity as well. Righteousness and vanity have very little if any common ground (though we think that they do). What type of faith can one obtain without it?
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - The people in the surrounding area it is written "saw a great light" in Jesus but they hardened their heart to it. How could they harden to a simple miracle man, a simple good teacher, simply a feeder/healer of thousands at a time? It wasn't because of these good things. It was because of what the light revealed about their hearts and intentions. Their heart's intention was to make Jesus into something only good not something direct from God righteous. It is hard if not altogether impossible on human terms for the heart to be at grace and peace about what terrible things are being revealed about it. It is only by the Holy Spirit's revelation of what immense love from God this righteousness is supposed to mean that true spiritual grace and peace can be received. To know this exclusive grace and peace (call it love) is essential to all further spiritual matters.
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - So far we have considered true faith as divinely given by righteousness, true virtue as divinely given by righteousness, now true operational knowledge as divinely given by righteousness. It sounds weird to say, but in essence God has given us: "us", the new spiritual "us" and everything that is to make us us by revealing the greater revelation of who HIS son Jesus Christ is and what that is to mean to us. HIS divine knowledge knows exactly the form and the means of making us precisely this new us and that transformation is carried out in the EpignosisKnowledge thus animating the GnosisKnowledge of our daily life. Can we stand firm in that essence? in the face of all the corruption that is trying to make that essence not so?
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - It is interesting to consider whether or not we were in this glory and virtue back in "The Garden". If it was so and that was our calling most fulfilled, why then did God leave us an out? Was it by God's mistake? Or was it that our calling still remained ahead of us? That garden experience is sealed off from us now, we can't go back to it. That does not mean that that Garden spot is the place that we were supposed to be, it may mean that it was the starting point for a long spiritual journey that would lead those of enough VirtuousFaith toward the eventual obtainment of that calling to glory and virtue in Christ Jesus. It is a glory and virtue produced in the full knowing and acknowledgement of He that is doing the calling, something that we may not have fully had even back in the Garden.
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - Speaking of that Garden, you'll recall the accusation of us becoming "gods in our own eyes". Is this what was meant by Peter's phrase "partaking of divine nature"? Being gods? Is that what was promised? Ofcourse not. Why then do we proceed in the mode of daily operation facing the many issues and concerns in our day in a faith that more closely resembles the "gods in our own eyes" nature than not? To approach these many gritty things as if you need to come up with some sort of a plan or answer/that you need to do something yourself to improve this situation/to improve upon what you already have been able to make of it/to lessen what you have carelessly done to hinder your better effort; this is what any man of any faith can summon up from within himself. How is that not being "gods in our own eyes"? Should that notion not be stood against? What we need more than anything it should be concluded is to have God's own presence and influence upon us. That is only found in the person of Jesus as brought to bare by the Holy Spirit. This then is the EpignosisKnowledge driving the GnosisKnowledge towards fruition.
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - To escape in this case is to be drawn in an opposite direction. To be drawn is to be changed, to be magnetically shifted to the opposite polarity and moved by a larger body's attraction into much closer proximity. Where we were once by nature repelled (were pushed away from the larger magnetic body), we now by the metallic intercession of Christ between bodies great and small irreversibly drawn/compelled thus attached. Without that intercession we are stray creatures most compulsively feral.

    There are two well known pieces of scripture that I would like to frame this part of our considerations with:


    kjv@Proverbs:3:5 @ Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    kjv@Proverbs:3:6 @ In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    kjv@Proverbs:3:7 @ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

    and then


    kjv@Psalms:95:8 @ Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

    kjv@Psalms:95:9 @ When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

    kjv@Psalms:95:10 @ Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

    At hand is the subject of diligently adding the now " GnosisKnowledge " to the valor of the " VirtuousFaith " in order to direct our daily actions. The implication of these two scriptures is that there is a problem with the not knowing of God's ways (even having had the tremendous experience of seeing first hand God's mighty works) caused by the hardening of the human heart as opposed to the more spiritual "with all one's heart" trusting and acknowledging not having to "lean on one's own understanding" in order for one's correct paths to be best directed.

    It is therefore suggested that our immediate diligence be to focus whole heartedly on the obtainment of the knowledge of God's own holy and righteous ways as evidenced in the full person and authority of Jesus Christ. It is said that knowledge begins at the fear (reverence) of God. Once knowing of these ways, then stepping out in the trust and acknowledgement of such to the direction of our own particular paths.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in this present consideration:









    KnowledgeableVirtue
    SimonPeter
    ServantApostleOf
    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
    CalledToGloryVirtue
    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.

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    Temperate Knowledge


    kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    This is the third of seven compound elements identified by Peter focused on the living and diligent actions of the "like precious" faith. The other two being VirtuousFaith and KnowledgeableVirtue.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Knowledge - Gnosis

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1108'

    G1108 @ γνῶσις gnōsis gno'-sis From G1097; knowing (the act) that is (by implication) knowledge: - knowledge science.

    (see: Word study GnosisKnowledge or slidy:GnosisKnowledge )


    2. Temperance - Egkrateia

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1466'

    G1466 @ ἐγκράτεια egkrateia eng-krat'-i-ah From G1468; self control (especially continence): - temperance.

    Practical Aspects


    1. SimonPeter - As you now know, Peter is being used as our banner for uncommon transformation (unobtainable without Christ) and abundant spiritual productivity in this series. We are now considering those articles in terms of a better God influenced temperance and GnosisKnowledge. As for temperance, the Lord shared a vision with me during a loved ones most crucial crisis, this of many dear souls shaken till tumbling down a precipitous hill crashing into an immovable massive ominous rock. Their overwhelming instinctive reaction was to gather up the shattered pieces of their broken lives, to try rebuilding their lives best as the many pieces fit back together. The spiritual leading given however was to instead focus on the Lord's light pulsing above, to rise above the dust and rubble and to move up the rock to a better view of the light. Getting these dear souls to continue in that direction became the challenge in this vision as they always wanted to circle back to the former wreckage rather than the presently occurring deliverance; it seemed by baser instinct all that they knew to do. I see this challenge very much speaking to temperance. We combine that with the gnosis and we begin to understand it as a compound of a very much new and different character.
    2. ServantApostleOf - How is this TemperateKnowledge different then as it effects what we are then servant and apostle to? In actuality especially in times of crises, it could mean the difference between serving our baser instincts or our impulsive reactions or our pride or sense of hurt or any number of other distractions apart from the truer coarse of serving our Lord. What we know after the crises could well be what we knew before the crises even occurred. Not only is it damaged now it is likely the same knowledge that couldn't save us from the fall and quite possibly the that drove us down the hill into such crises from the very beginning. To serve that knowledge base now is to serve it just as we had been serving it all the time before. It is likely to have the same un-transformed and unproductive results as well. Admittedly, it is however what we are most comfortable and habitually prone to do; even at times doing so in what we would think to be in the name of the Lord.
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - What the recovering addict obtains by this human form is a faith that always just one bad day away from going back, the rehabilitating couple always having to buffer their words, the suicidal teen always having to fight off the never completely emptied impulses, the angry man remains just one outburst away. It is a victory obtained yes but just barely, a transformation certainly, a self control or a temperance okay, yet filled with frightful potentials still hovering over them. These hollow victories remain of the class that any man with or without Christ Jesus can force himself to obtain and not anything more. Better is the substantive faith obtained through the fuller revealed understanding and living acknowledgement of the righteousness of God and Savior.
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - There is a TemperateKnowledge formed of fear and timidness, one of human pride and confidence, one of human intellect and self justification, and one forged by the grace and peace between us and our righteous God and Savior. Which of these four temperance's do you project will carry one the furthest towards true transformation and spiritual productivity? For some the grace and peace is that this is just the way things are and I'll just have to deal with that. For others it is that God is fully in control and that in Him all things will be one day proved to have worked for the betterment of those who love Him.
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - "Given" is a much different word than self "manufactured". Anything manufactured can be corrupted and likely is corrupted from it's very inception. That is not to say that it wasn't well intended. Intention typically is the thing that sold us on the idea of manufacturing a course of action to begin with. Neither does the word "corrupted" necessarily mean evil, it can just as easily mean failing or unsustainable as well. Man manufactures most everything he sees this life as being, including his own identity within it and the perceived identities and rationale of those around him. One can even question how much a man truly knows about the one he loves and cares for the most that wasn't somehow heavily influenced by the manufacturing of his own will and intention. Even the very best of our living can be seen in some sense as failing because it is indeed manufactured. The opposite of this in a spiritual sense is to be externally influenced, in this case by an incorruptible source: Jesus; the more the better. Let us be temperate in the knowledge of that!
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - Temperate Knowledge. Might it be as simply stated as: having been given this calling... this is what I will be on the way to becoming and thereby choose to do and know. How can such a calling to such a glory and virtue be (as determined by the vain of heart) narrow minded? Should temperance be thought narrow as a 12 note tempered piano scale when from that scale so many infinite different songs can be sung and joined in by all others? The twelve note tempered scale is what has established itself to be at the musical universe's center; so to has the righteousness of God and Savior in the spiritual universe. Many now may be adverse to that centrality, but they of course lack the traction themselves to make it anything different.
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - Think of all the things Peter was promised by Jesus. He was promised to be a fisher of men; he was made that. He was bid to walk on water; he was made to do that (until he limited down to his own faith). He was promised that He would never forsake nor leave him; he never was (even after denying Christ three times). He was promised that they would meet again after his Lord's resurrection from the dead at the Sea of Galilee; Jesus cooked him fish on the shore line. He was promised to be given the Holy Comforter; he received it on Pentecost. He was promised to do "greater things than these"; he in number with the other believers have been part of a tremendous number. He was promised to drink of the sacrificial cup from which Jesus had first drunk from; he did by his own crucifixion at the hands of men he did not know years later. In all of these many times and experiences he was able to partake of Jesus' divine nature and he was much glad for every bit of it.
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - Is there anything so great as the knowledge of God in Christ? Why then corrupt it by what we think that we know? By what we assume to be the way this will go? By the time frames that we expect? By what all in addition to this we can add into the mix? By what our un-invested neighbors or coworkers want to propose? Not all knowledge is knowledge, not if all forms except for God's is in some form shortsighted or logically corrupted. You can see where there is the need for temperance and needing to know Christ as an anchor before all other things!

    It is at temperance that the flesh is the weakest; the flesh does little in the way of producing temperance on it's own. This is especially true as it comes to knowledge. We grasp for answers, any answers, the more concise the better, as if at a smorgasbord of answers without first seeking any general direction. Knowledge as required by the "like precious" faith is better described not as answers per se but as a person (in the person of Jesus Christ) leading in a divinely determined direction. Follow that direction in all things and the answers needed will be added unto you. Hunger and thirst for Him and your increasing acquaintance with Him and you will be blessed.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in this present consideration:









    TemperateKnowledge
    SimonPeter
    ServantApostleOf
    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
    CalledToGloryVirtue
    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.

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    Patient Temperance


    kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    This is the fourth of seven compound elements identified by Peter focused on the living and diligent actions of the "like precious" faith.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Temperance - Egkrateia

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1466'

    G1466 @ ἐγκράτεια egkrateia eng-krat'-i-ah From G1468; self control (especially continence): - temperance.

    2 Patience

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5281'

    G5281 @ ὑπομονή hupomonē hoop-om-on-ay' From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance constancy: - enduring patience patient continuance (waiting).

    (see: Word study HupomonePatience or slidy:HupomonePatience )


    Practical Aspects

    We were just talking about temperance as it applied to knowledge, now we are to consider patience as it applies to temperance.


    1. SimonPeter - Perhaps rather than going to Peter or Paul in this matter we should go directly to the source of patience: God HIMSELF. How long has God been patient and employed HIS temperance to see HIS results? Likely since before creation. Should HE now think that given this amount of time that somewhere along the way that HE should have been a little more angry or a little more loving or a lot more off the hook sporadic and in our face about it? It could well be anything more or less of HIS effort could have made things between us all the worse; we just don't know. We just have to trust that in way that HE has approached all of this just right.
    2. ServantApostleOf - Where does that leave us then as HIS servants and apostles? In the grand scheme of things it leaves us waiting for HIS ultimate move to close this world down. In the mean time however it leaves us to the doing the things that HE needs done on earth in advance of that; that means to get moving forward in the "like precious" faith. Yes that means evangelism and proselytizing in the large scale, but it also means getting out from under the many things that so easily beset us, the things for which you turned to this FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries to get done. Service in that way comes ahead of the service in the broader view.
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - What does patience and temperance and now righteousness have to say to us about why there is so much suffering in the world at this time while HE waits? Think how much more trouble and suffering that there would be in this world had HE not actively planted what has already planted and in many things already accomplished. Think of the hell this world would be if HE suddenly took HIS establishments away. The better question is: why haven't those so seemingly concerned about this suffering taken firm hold of what HE has already planted and brought what is already there to fruition? This is what the "like precious" faith is all about: it begins with the simple presumption of God's righteousness in all things; even withholding for now the end (otherwise the beginning).
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - Grace and peace (as we patiently await His second coming even as we endure such tribulation and suffering) requires faith/virtue/knowledge/temperance that can only be found and increased in the knowledge of Jesus Christ - God's Righteous Branch. Grace and peace in most other religious vanes is simply grace and peace with God not at all existing, or God keeping HIMSELF quiet while watching upon our amusing frantic horror, being born to the wrong caste, being born to a most odd illusion, or worse that you can with good works squeak your way out of this leaving the less good or productive behind. Are you really at grace and peace with any one of those options spiritually?
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - One might rationalize that if all things are given by God then all things are lawful to desire and pursue. The issue however is not all that God hath given, it is all the we (the world) does to corrupt it. The way of thinking through this is that not only has God given us "all things" in a broad general sense he has so too given us the "all things" required not to corrupt it. Even with this specific "all things" we still attempt to corrupt it; quite successfully might I add, even the knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is not that the un-corrupted influence God has given is not sufficient, it is that it requires first of all temperance and then patience to set in. It is almost that we have to be proven to sincerely desire it and intend it to be in our lives.
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - Recall that in the Garden "all" the fruit of all the trees God had provided were permissible but one. Man was neither temperate nor patient with all that. Now in this temporal quarantine the righteous man has only to be temperate and patient with the fruit of one tree (the "like precious" faith in the righteousness of Jesus) and yet it seems most difficult for him even to do that. Which is it at blame intemperance with all or intemperance with one, patience with all or patience with one? Is is not the tendency towards the avoidance anything "God"? the preference for all things "ours"? The glory and virtue called to by this phrase is not the ultimate glory and virtue of our many corruptions, it is the complete absence of our for HIS.
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - Sometimes with patience there is nothing tangible to remain anchored to but a promise. Even then it is hard to keep hold of the promise unless you know something of the nature of the one who made it to you. If you feel even that slipping it is not necessarily the time to finally let go, be temperate, it is the time to know something more about your promise maker.
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - What can be done to separate us from the fulfillment of God's promise? All of the scriptures echo in unison: "nothing". The promises of God are all yea, there are none that are given conditionally. Now beneath the cover of that unconditional promise lesser covenants might be cooperatively instituted, each party having a share and a role in that binding agreement. This where quite a bit of the Gentiles confusion (even contempt) for Israel comes from. Israel has certainly at times broken covenants, yet the promise of God stands in tact. I mention this because both the corrupt natural (even religious/even parts Christian) world and the satanic have gone out of their way to say that this not so; even with genocidal intents.

    Lest it be already forgotten, let us remember what the temperance of the "like precious faith is all about; in hope that we can better foresee what this new added patience is likely directed towards being.

    The "like precious" faith is to be a faith on equal standing with the Apostles, it is obtained solely through the righteousness of God and Savior, it is to produce an abundant fruitfulness that can only be produced in the divine and uncorrupted knowledge of Jesus Christ. Being that the vast majority of us presently are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with just that, it is almost easier to state what this "like precious" faith is not. It is not whatever we are able to make the best out of the suit our own good intentions, it is not something added now that improves upon what we all ready have or have made ourselves to be, it is not something that any other man of any other faith can emulate minus the direct effect of person and righteousness of Jesus Christ effects upon him.


    There is a most odd expectation that we place upon God that everything HE does HE does miraculously within the blink of an eye; that if HE doesn't do it complete within that blink of an eye it isn't HIM doing it, else nothing is being done, else God is sleeping or worse doesn't HE care or exist. All because of what? All because of a most unreasonable expectation that we place upon HIM?

    Not only is the "like precious" faith built upon the God and Savior's righteousness (meaning whatever they do and how/when they are going to do it is unalterably right) it is built because of that upon us being at grace and peace with them and whatever/however/whenever they see fit. In terms of temperance it means to stay within the framework set. In terms of patience it means to allow for any amount of time the Lord sees fit for all the rest of the framework to take ample effect. It never means to sit on one's hands and wait, it always means to continue to work on and in the framework in all areas across the board to advance forward.

    It may not be patience specifically that the Lord is working to establish in you at a particular moment, it may be valor let's say at this particular time, but you are nonetheless going to have to have the patience for that valor to be built up in you before proceeding. The stage after that may be brotherly kindness to which you may need additional patience. If you can keep yourself working on and working in the framework, your diligence in all things will be serving you/HIM well towards the ultimate fruitfulness.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in this present consideration:









    PatientTemperance
    SimonPeter
    ServantApostleOf
    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
    CalledToGloryVirtue
    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.

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    Godly Patience


    kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    This is the fifth of seven compound elements identified by Peter focused on the living and diligent actions of the "like precious" faith.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Patience
    (see: Word study HupomonePatience or slidy:HupomonePatience )


    2. Godliness
    (see: Word study EusebeiaGodliness or slidy:EusebeiaGodliness )


    Practical Aspects


    1. SimonPeter - Godliness can be thought of as the exercise of one's faith. For many their form godliness is nothing more than the exercise of the shall and shall not's and traditions of their legalistic religion. God may be there in it. God might defiantly be kept out at arm's length or beyond. Peter and the other Apostles were constantly confronted by religious Pharisees which were in their time the epitome of zealous and devout religious legalism. As much as they themselves thought that God was in their religion HE was not (as proven by the fact that they had not known their own savior face to face standing before them; in fact putting Him to death). How much further from a God "all in" religious faith and therefore godliness can one get?
    2. ServantApostleOf - Peter was a servant and Apostle of a specific person that he came to know over the course of three years and the contrast that came to light between this Jesus and those many officials long presumed to know and have the peoples truest faith in heart. Ah, but the heart even of those putting themselves in official roles is deceptive above all things. Are we sure for instance that we today are any closer to serving the true person of Jesus Christ? Would we have the same vile and much alerted reaction to Jesus Christ as did they in His actual presence? Patience for them became the justification for putting salvation off to a still future time and a still future person. They have been patient for two thousand additional years and will likely be for two thousand more because of both the scepter of Judah and the genealogical records having been utterly removed, not to mention that the prophetical time frames have expired. They have resorted to having to explain the prophecies as being something much different than they first were led to believe; that in effect has produced in them a godliness minus so much of the power that they originally had..
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - The common population shepherded by these zealots were well aware of their leadership's inconsistent and often hypocritical exercise of this legalistic godliness as they frequently became the victims and the oppressed of it. You would think that the discernment of their problematic forms of godliness would produce in the others a more evolved or self corrected form of godliness, but it does not; it typically produces the justification rather to suppress/amputate godly exercises from the national and personal experience altogether. A vicious cycle develops between the nonreligious reacting to the false godliness of the religious and the religious reacting to the increasing godlessness of the common population. The "like precious" form of godliness however is not born from either discernment or reaction, it is born of the righteousness God HIMSELF presents to us in the person of HIS Son Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that was made by THEM to bring about a radically different form of righteousness upon humanness; a form imputed upon men and women of the sincere and transformational belief in this Jesus Christ.
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - We might even go as far as to speculate that this bipolar ungodliness (religious/nonreligious) could be caused or extenuated by their impatience with God's schedule for things (intentionally pronounced as it is). Recall that Israel panicked having been led up against the Red Sea for impatience being pressed upon by the Egyptian troops, they began to rebel within days in the wilderness by impatience not have been taken immediately to the promised land, they made for themselves a golden calf at the base of the mount because of impatience thinking Moses was dead or had deserted them, they talked themselves out of taking possession of the promised land early on by the impatience of it not being readied for them to take over without a fight, not all the tribes crossed the Jordan to possess the promise land for impatience with the time it would take to secure that land. The Bible is full of stories of the impatience of men causing them to do something other than what God HIMSELF was moving them to do. It is almost that God purposely goes slow to flush out this overwhelming urge of man's not to be patient. God waited thousands of years to physically send HIS Son the first time and now HE waits thousands of years to send HIS Son back to finish the work off. Patience is no uncertain respects is to be at a certain grace and peace with God no matter what HE does, when HE does it, what HE has to lead you through in the time in between.
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - If one thinks back on it, while it is true that God is active in many daily ways, there are two "blink of the eye" major periods (historically speaking) thus far since the Flood that could be said to be manifestations of God's greater daily out pouring: the Exodus/wilderness plus seven year Joshua taking of promised land (what's that 48 years?), and the three year Jesus' earthly ministry plus (47?) following Apostolic age prior to destruction of temple. There are a great many "givings" that occur in advance of and as result of these two major eruptions, but nearly everything else that I can think of emanates from either of these two. We can even say that the first emanates from the preparation of the second and that all giving historically occur from the bases of one three year period in human history. That is not to say that God since then has not been doing anything, it is to say that the "all things" that HE has been giving pertaining to our lives and godliness center around the "all things" that HE "hath given" us in Christ Jesus; chief of these perhaps (other than the gift of what is substantial to believe in) is the gift here of GodlyPatience for it all to occur.
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - Had Eve known what the corruption of sin would cause upon her future generations by her actions, no doubt it would have been a much more difficult decision; or had Adam just the same, not to say that it would not have been made any different. "Unless they had known" it could be said, but therein how would they know unless they had been there going through it? We today now know what the corruption would cause because we are living proof of the effects of it. The problem for us however is now that we know ourselves to be corrupted, how does one corrupted become on his own uncorrupted? What has been answered resoundingly over the past several thousand years of our trying is that the corrupt cannot of themselves become uncorrupted. Even the improvements they make and better intentions that they have are utterly corrupted. The calling to glory and virtue has this to consider as well. If all paths (corrupted as they are) lead to the blessed life everlasting then by God's own judgment HE has done the very thing that HE told Adam and Eve HE was not going to do, allow man to be gods in their own eyes and live as such forever. The curse placed upon Adam and his descendants was for absolutely nothing and the corruption that we have come to know so well and suffer at the hands of for so long. The result would be the same as if HE had allowed Adam to continue unrestricted. Honestly, what kind of glory and virtue is that?
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - It must be considered that the glory and virtue to which we have been called by God is not proposed in the improvement of our corrupted nature free standing or in the sudden extraction of certain other bad eggs, it is in the each of us individually and corporately partaking of His uncorrupted form to the increasing exclusion (extinction) of ours even in the midst these bad often controlling eggs. This availability has been the promise all along and in the establishment and eventual fulfillment of this promise it has painstakingly had to be made known again and again that our nature just can not help us to get there. This process of disproving ours to reestablish His, generation after generation, has required considerable patience on God's part and on the part of the saints of each of those ages who have been brought to the doorstep of the promise to await it's final complete fulfillment.
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - The corruption must be thought of as being much more broad and much more extensive than any of us initially could comprehend; to have it involve this level of patience and godliness. So too, the glory and virtue must be unimaginably more profound and different from where we presently are to require God's constant development of it. Part of the massive ill of corruption is that it fatally underestimates/under-appreciates/under-consecrates the things of God in favor of what it over-estimates/over-justifies/over-violates of it's own. That God has stretched out HIS time frames in order to flush out every last drop of this corruption in advance of the final acceptance into HIS glory and virtue is a sure sign of HIS righteousness in all things present and in things to come. For us at this time it is a call to GodlyPatience.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in this present consideration:









    GodlyPatience
    SimonPeter
    ServantApostleOf
    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
    CalledToGloryVirtue
    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.
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    Brotherly Godliness


    kjv@2Peter:1:7 @ And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    This is the sixth of seven compound elements being considered as a one continuing across the board composite life application.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Godliness
    (see: Word study EusebeiaGodliness or slidy:EusebeiaGodliness )


    2. Brotherly Kindness

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5360'

    G5360 @ φιλαδελφία philadelphia fil-ad-el-fee'-ah From G5361; fraternal affection: - brotherly love (kindness) love of the brethren.

    Practical Aspects


    1. SimonPeter - What is the godly exercise of one's faith if it is not also the exercise of one's fraternal affection for his brethren in Christ? What would God's own godliness be without the exercise of HIS paternal affection for those HE has gathered unto HIS Son our Jesus Christ? The affection alluded to unfortunately does not come naturally to the corrupt human form. It is the result of a spiritual process starting from the VirtuousFaith through to even beyond this to the AgapeBrotherliness we are soon to discuss; it is the connection of all these things. Peter no doubt began with a affection for his brethren, three perhaps four of the disciples were from his own town (one his brother and two his business associates). What this affection was and what it became were two different things when all was said and done though.
    2. ServantApostleOf - Jesus Himself is described as a "servant" and also "Apostle"; this in the very highest sense possible; Peter and the others became servant and apostle under and to Him as He had commissioned them. As Jesus had so exercised His affections for these men His brethren, in similar fashion they were to exercise their affections now toward their ever expanding circle of brethren in Christ. While it sounds simple, it is actually one of the most difficult things to do; impossible in fact if not first enabled by valiant and continuing exercise of the affections of Jesus upon us. You see there is too much at stake and too many differing vantage points amongst brethren to remain settled in human form unless heavily influence upon by Christ. Strangely, it is not that it is not supposed to be this way among brethren, rather it is that it is supposed to be this way so that we are drawn all the more toward dependence upon the person of Christ.
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - In understanding the exercise of Christ's affections toward us, shall it be said that we have been so pleasurable and conforming to Christ that it was such an easy effort on His part this BrotherlyGodliness? Is that really what we should believe to be the intended ease of our own exercise then? Better to think that we have received our Lord's affections not because we were so magnetic and receptive of it, but because it was the righteous thing for Him to do even though we were opposite at the time of all that; "while we were yet sinners". If right for Him to do, how much more so right for us having now His exemplary example?
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - Jesus once gave the Baptist John a chunk of proper understanding when He said "suffer it be for righteousness sake". John wasn't at grace and peace with having to baptize the "Righteous Servant" Jesus in the Jordan as he would a common sinner. This particular baptism didn't have anything to do with sin however it had to do with righteousness. Not that the two actions would equate, but if we were to see our affectionate exercise of faith toward the brethren not in terms of our/their sin, but in terms simply of God's righteousness, what a radically different affection that would exercise itself out to be. Brethren, let it be because of our grace and peace with this exhibited righteousness multiplied in the knowledge of God and example of Jesus Christ that our exercise so strongly emanates.
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - Have you ever wondered where man's capacity even to have affection comes from? "Made in God's image" baby! So whatever happened to that wonderfully fashioned inheritance? Well like all that God has given us we have utterly corrupted it. I cannot presently think of a single thing that HE has given us that hasn't been corrupted. Granted there are encouraging gestures displayed periodically of it amongst all different peoples (especially around times of catastrophe and misfortune) (Christians have no monopoly on it), that is the human form that falls so severely short of what is truly expected of such inheritance all of the times there and in between. So is it by our own determination that we forcefully come back fully into this capacity? Or is by something more than that which God in addition has given?
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - The fellowship of the brethren in Christ: the Church body can be thought of as a earthly representation of at least the hope (for now) of this calling to glory and virtue. Because few are able see it for what it is and the continuing process set upon it, many (if not all brethren in some respect) walk away from it else criticize it sharply. Stack on top this concern the perception that the ungodly do not want anything to do with it in it's present form (as if they would in any other), the weaker brethren see it as contradiction to their expected purpose of being so cozy and so inviting and so unchallenged. Their notion of Church is strikingly minus the transitional purpose it is divinely instituted to perform.
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - It is written that we will be known by our love for one another. Like a couple known to be negotiating the terms of their separate but for sake of their kids hospitable future, the love common to today's church is largely whatever love we are able to make out of it instead of what love we are commissioned and sworn to be servants and apostles of. It is not to be a love born out of our own corrupted and deceptive heart. It is to be a continuance of the Lord's out pouring. It is His nature and us being a open conduit of that.
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - The momentum is always going the other direction and it is vast. It is not like one stops and waits for a break in it's opposition to be able to cross through it. It remains there constant so that we have to be strong to go against it. There is however no strength against it other than one. Be strong all that you want and are personally capable mustering, it is still no strength to what it is up against. Even if you were to solve your own problem, you are still having to stand against the flow of everyone else's. Israel for instance was led into captivity not because there weren't any that obeyed the Lord, but that the direction of the greater nation had to be changed. The faithful will stand no matter what the present situation and with much BrotherlyGodliness, the wicked however have only to rise then fall upon theirs.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in this present consideration:









    BrotherlyGodliness
    SimonPeter
    ServantApostleOf
    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
    CalledToGloryVirtue
    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.

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    Agape Brotherliness


    kjv@2Peter:1:7 @ And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Brotherly Kindness

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5360'

    G5360 @ φιλαδελφία philadelphia fil-ad-el-fee'-ah From G5361; fraternal affection: - brotherly love (kindness) love of the brethren.

    2. Agapē
    (see: Word study AgapeLove or slidy:AgapeLove )


    Practical Aspects


    1. SimonPeter - Our love for God is little or nothing until we know of God's love for us. Surely Peter had a love for God even before he took off for a three year discipleship at Jesus' invitation. Surely Peter loved God (and felt loved by God) during those three years, especially seeing first hand the marvelous and loving things that God had done through Jesus for others and his own family. There came a moment however during that time that Peter's love for God began to really change; the time when the Holy Spirit directly revealed to him that Jesus is God in the flesh and that He (Jesus) was being led of the Father to die for Peter's sins and the sins of all mankind. At first none of us knows what to make of that, neither did Peter, it is not love that would be had on our own terms. Peter continued to have much difficulty with this notion up until the time that Jesus not only died for all sin, but as it pleased the Father was raised again from death and ascended to the right hand throne of God. Now the love God has is real, more real than any love we could have manufactured for ourselves.
    2. ServantApostleOf - You could imagine a king giving a message to a servant first asking "do you love me?" to which when met with approval commands "then deliver this message exactly as I tell you". Does that servant love the king if he rather goes his own way and never leaves the palace toward his delegated destination? What of a son that for forty-five years has done his mom wrongfully stealing from her her very last dime? With love there must be a reciprocal level of response; the dreaded words obedience. People can say all that they want about their love and tie their words in a pretty bow; without the corresponding actions their words are but a vapor. When God commands "love your neighbor" it is not just any love anyone else God fearing or not could come up with, it is not just any fluffy words to make someone else feel better, it is with the love with which Christ first loved us with. Else then why would HE command it? HE would be in effect be saying "vapor your neighbor as you have vapored yourself".
    3. FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior - If we were to remove the references to God in this AgapeLove from the mix the list would be quite small you see because it claims that God is Agape, Agape is bestowed from Father, it is in Christ, perceived in His sacrifice, of the Holy Spirit, that we are directed into it by this Agape. Further it must be injected that without righteousness also included God's love would mean very little. It is not just that God said that HE loves us, it is that God proved that HE loved even against every man-made and satanic opposition to HIM proving it. It is not just any nebulous form of love man desires for himself without any demands or consequences, it is a love righteous enough to be eternal without having to go back through all of this madness, selective enough not to be much diminished and contemptible. It is a righteousness for love and a love for righteousness. And it is God's love not the love of those who love God not.
    4. GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus - You might be at grace and peace with the fact that God loves you. You might be at grace and peace with your love for God. It seems that most sinners are. Let's turn the question around for a moment! Is God at grace and peace with you and your love as expressed for HIM? You certainly can imagine if a husband is at grace and peace with the way that his marriage is going and his wife is not. It is the back bone of the Bible message that God is not at grace and peace with man's affections and efforts because there is so much more that HE has called each of us to be. HE is though at grace and peace with the affections and effort of HIS Son, therefore those that faithfully believe in and serve HIS Son are being changed by the image of HIS Son through the work of the Holy Spirit; HE is at grace and peace that the process is moving forward toward completion in a few, but not at grace in peace that it is not moving at all in all the rest. It is better for us to think in these terms of this process so that we don't become complacent or neglectful. If there is to be any grace and peace for us in regards to our position currently in God's greater grace and peace with us it is in the ability of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to eventually mold us as best they see fit.
    5. DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness - Could God be loving the fact that HE has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness and that we have corrupted every single one of those things? Could HE be loving the fact that HE has gone out of HIS way to make HIMSELF known (a fact that should have been plainly evident to us were we not so corrupted) so that HE could be loved by us and that we have corrupted even that which has been made known? Could HIS love be best expressed as allowing this all to continue indefinitely? or HIS love seeking and providing for change? What does your love say?
    6. CalledToGloryVirtue - There is a lot to love about our future "Glory and Virtue". God would love to see all of our faces there. Can it be the same Glory and Virtue however if half the people there have been brought through a substantial and vibrant transformitive process by Christ and the other half are brought in by their own insistence and bullheadedness? One quarter? One millionth? Certainly, it would not be the same; that however is just the half of it. Is this everlasting Glory and Virtue to be filled with men and women who in this life had every opportunity to pass the invitation on and to become as the Lord led them living and present examples of it to others, but they did not? We can begin to sense the potential dilemma and absolute profundity of God's eventual judgment. It is a judgment that can only be made by God, requiring HIS extraordinarily precise determination of what is right and final.
    7. ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature - What is it to be promised to partake of His divine nature, but to of our own volition not partake of it? When it is said "let us love one another for God is Love" or "he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God" what does that say when we do not? There are many within even our own Christian ranks that do not love one another as a whole, only those with whom they get along with. There are some that stand completely independent. Somehow I guess they justify that their love is the love of God; even though it so closely resembles the worldly sense of manufactured love so as to not be able to tell the human and divine form apart. The response might be that "I'm sorry, I just can't find it in my heart to love that bunch of .... Christians". Isn't it obvious that such people are not partaking of His divine nature as it is received? instead as self generated?
    8. EscapeCorruptionWorldLust - It is obvious that there are a great many breeds and versions of love that can be operated in. How many are successfully detached from any worldly influence might not add up to any at this point. How many are completely under the world's influence is likely too many to total. What makes the "like precious" Agape form most interesting is that it teaches that this love is not our love to begin with, it is God's love proved in the sacrifice of HIS only begotten Son shown upon us that once grasped more so becomes our love. No other belief makes a similar claim. It is HIS overwhelming influence upon us first and foremost and not just something innate that is us to issue to whatever extent to others as we please that this "like precious" form is about.

    Curiously, such a distinction between love types and empowerments should clearly be observable between Christian and Non-Christian implementations, but somehow presently it is not (or seldom makes such clear distinction). One must ask "why that presently is". One will soon be asking in this series a similar question "why does Peter feel the need to spend the remainder of his ending life endeavoring to put us in constant remembrance of these things though we already know them"? The answer I will suggest is that our latent human tendency is to confuse the two opposing forms and in subtle else rank majority act forward out of the lesser human form. Peter says as much in the coming passage:


    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.

    kjv@2Peter:1:9 @ But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

    This truer form is the AgapeLove that is needing connected to the BrotherlyGodliness and all the other previous compound elements all the way back to the initial PistisFaith we began our discussion about diligent application of this FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series on. Everything about each of these compounds are given to us/influenced upon us by the righteousness and now AgapeLove of God and Savior. This is what we as servant and apostles of Jesus Christ now have the opportunity to be abundantly fruitful in as it applies to "all things pertaining to life and godliness" in, on a scale similar as then did our beloved brother SimonPeter.

    Let us take immediate action then to seek out and receive our Lord's influence upon us in this day by excercising prayer study and meditation in this present consideration:









    AgapeBrotherliness
    SimonPeter
    ServantApostleOf
    FaithObtainedThroughRighteousnessGodSavior
    GracePeaceMultipliedKnowledgeGodJesus
    DivinePowerGivenAllThingsLifeGodliness
    CalledToGloryVirtue
    ExceedingPromisesPartakersDivineNature
    EscapeCorruptionWorldLust

    Remember that we are looking not just for answers but for the Lord to abundantly influence us in this area ( AboundFruitKnowledge ), to be able to apply it across the board ( AllDiligenceAdd ) and to not be shortsighted ( LackBlindPurged ) with either the resource nor the use of the direction HE is leading us.

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    All Diligence Add


    kjv@2Peter:1:5 @ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

    I want to rearrange the flow of Peter's writing here temporarily to get my point better across to you. We will study these in a compact sequence.

      There are three things that I believe will be key to us being able to make productive use of these "like precious" things:
    1. AllDiligenceAdd - This page. I will soon explain.
    2. AboundFruitKnowledge - Insights into getting this information deep into us and to abound practically in it's use.
    3. LackBlindPurged - Not to be shortsighted in the application of this information or blind to it's use or not operate it from our former nature.

    We will study these together as they all go hand in hand saying very nearly the same thing.

    Contextual Anchors - With all diligence add...

    1. Pas - All/Whole/Always/Daily strkjv@STRING:G3956

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G3956'

    G3956 @ πᾶς pas pas Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all any6 every the whole: - all (manner of means) alway (-s) any (one) X daily + ever every (one way) as many as + no (-thing) X throughly whatsoever whole whosoever.

    2. Spoude - Dispatch/Earnestness/Care/Diligence strkjv@STRING:G4710


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4710'

    G4710 @ σπουδή spoudē spoo-day' From G4692; speed that is (by implication) despatch eagerness earnestness: - business (earnest) care (-fulness) diligence forwardness haste.

    3. Epichoregeo - Furnish/Fully Supply/Minister/Nourish/Add strkjv@STRING:G2023

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2023'

    G2023 @ ἐπιχορηγέω epichorēgeō ep-ee-khor-ayg-eh'-o From G1909 and G5524; to furnish besides that is fully supply (figuratively) aid or contribute: - add minister (nourishment unto).

    Practical Aspects

    The language is fairly simple: one has to expend the personal diligence of building this operational platform in order to stand and operate in it. "All" suggests that the application must be across the board in all daily affairs. "Diligence" expands that thought to the application of "all" being done with great earnestness and care. "Add" suggests that something will be furnished by doing so that would not already have been present. This shall be our goal here on out.

    Immediately we are confronted by the natural objection that we are already too busy and that there is too much to the day that has to be done that cannot be cut out to make room for this additional effort. The answer is that you are likely not cutting out anything that you are obligated to doing (career/kids/marriage/parents/school/parole/group/etc), you are approaching the doing of most all these same daily things from a different mindset and with a new a different tool set. Each of these daily occurrences and demands are actually an opportunity to establish the Lord's mastery over them.

    The second discernible objection is the stark contrasts between people who compulsively do too much towards a situation making it worse and those that dispassionately do nothing at all to make it better. Diligence is not the number of times you pester someone or something into compliance to your will, neither is it waiting for things to occur and get out of hand before responding to them. Diligence is building the operational platform one timber at a time and not letting up on it until it is big enough for the others to stand upon as well when need be; and this regardless of and before the storms approach or are raging.

    The third item that I might suggest is that the majority of us wait until the storm is completely out of hand before reconstructing the platform as it was years ago the last time such a storm surged. Peter said that he was dedicating the remainder of his (soon after martyred) life to putting us in remembrance of these things we already knew. Why would he have to do that? Because we rarely keep the whole thing going, we settle into a comfort zone following the storms and neglect to keep the thing that we relied upon at the time to see us through actively in front of us. Many a new storm is invited by the low pressure cells of our spiritual inactivity. In these many things the "like precious" thing that we are most deserting is the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ being the foremost in our lives; a sorry state of diligence indeed.

    To my original point, the success of this element is in it's being applied across the board into all of you daily affairs. The corrupted tendency is to focus on the one most urgent set back or crises to the exclusion of all else, when instead it is the success in smaller areas that build the platform to overcoming the larger. You don't ignore the biggest problem, you attack it from all of it's supply lines. Otherwise we are serving the problem rather than serving our Lord. Eventually smaller things will become larger things and we get caught in a vicious circle much like the old arcade game "Wack a Mole" chasing after the next mole to pop up. "All diligence" is not necessarily staying there to wack each and every mole, it is reaching around to unplug the machine else nailing a plywood panel over the top so that the moles are no longer the problem.

    And it is not you commanding and strategizing this operation, it is the Lord to whom you are serving!

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    Abound Fruit Knowledge


    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.

    The object here isn't to stuff as much information into our brains as possible, it is to put as much of this "relationship" as possible to use/influence in our lives; thus the word used is "abound". Combine this with the previous context of setting it up as a constant diligence across the board into all daily matters and the direction being pointed to is clear. If "these things" were a swimming stroke abounding would mean to swim forward in all things diligently coordinating the elements of this stroke.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Huparchō - Be


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5225'

    G5225 @ ὑπάρχω huparchō hoop-ar'-kho From G5259 and G756; to begin under (quietly) that is come into existence (be present or at hand); expletively to exist (as copula or subordinate to an adjective participle adverb or preposition or as auxilliary to principal verb): - after behave live.

    2. Pleonazō - Abound

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4121'

    G4121 @ πλεονάζω pleonazō pleh-on-ad'-zo From G4119; to do make or be more that is increase (transitively or intransitively); by extension to superabound: - abound abundant make to increase have over.

    (see: Topical study dict:tcr abundance )

    3. Argos - Barren

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G692'

    G692 @ ἀργός argos ar-gos' From G1 (as a negative particle) and G2041; inactive that is unemployed; (by implication) lazy useless: - barren idle slow.

    (see: Topical study dict:all idle )

    4. Akarpos - Unfruitful

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G175'

    G175 @ ἄκαρπος akarpos ak'-ar-pos From G1 (as a negative particle) and G2590; barren (literally or figuratively): - without fruit unfruitful.

    (see: Topical study dict:tcr fruitful )

    5. Epignōsis - Knowledge
    (see: Word study EpignosisKnowledge or slidy:EpignosisKnowledge )


    Practical Aspects

    "if these things be in you, and abound..."

    How do we get "these things" to be in us and to get them to "abound"?

    First thing first. Let us not forget that most important phrase in this sentence is "the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ". It is so easy to skip by or reverse the order of the most obvious fact that it is the knowledge of Jesus Christ that is producing the fruit and that this fruit is being produced is in these specific "like precious" areas (faith/virtue/temperance/patience/godliness/kindness/agape). It is after all the knowledge of Christ where the grace and peace exhorted is being multiplied. It is after all the knowledge of Him who called us to glory and virtue specifically through whom all things pertaining to life and godliness have been divinely given.

    Know Christ and continue to know Him better and you will continue to grow abundance in these areas. Know Christ and continue to seek to apply His brand of knowledge and these areas will continue to grow and abound with the fruit of so wisely knowing Him. In other words abide.

    How better do we get to know and have knowledge in Jesus?

    Along with scripture and prayer the most obvious way is to give Him access into our daily lives, all the many areas good and bad in our life, allowing Him to begin His transformative work over these very same things; not just listening but applying what is being communicated by Him. You've heard it said "present yourselves a daily living sacrifice"? One way is to turn control over to what you know Him to be. You've heard it said "be transformed by the renewing of your mind"? One way is to not insist on what you think you know about an issue or cause, but allow Him to present to you what He actually knows to be true and right.

    Your relationship to Jesus is the most important thing. It is through this working relationship and daily experience with Him that the God produced/directed areas of faith/virtue/gnosis/temperance etc... will be radically/spiritually transformed. These are the areas that no matter what your situation present or future a person thus transformed will be strong at to overcome. These areas in turn are the ripe fruit that will seed the fruits that will lift you out of the situations that you find yourself in and the half answers that until now you've attempted humanly to apply. In the terms of what we have already considered, this is the "partaking of His nature". In present terms it is the "abundance". In other verbiage it is the "abiding in".

    Because the Holy Spirit is the engineer of this transformation, it is to be a transformation of these areas unlike one another man can obtain minus Jesus Christ front and center as Lord and Savior.

    Like we have with kjv@2Peter:1, I am going to ask you to bookmark a three chapter section in your bible kjv@John:15 kjv@John:16 kjv@John:17 for your frequent revisiting. It reveals perhaps more about Jesus (this in Jesus' own words) than any other singular sequential reading. One can almost feed an entire life time learning of Him from this treasured and eventful passage. Eventually you are going to have to read the four gospels (Matthew Mark Luke and John) (several times over likely) if you haven't already.

    As we become more familiar with Jesus, I would soon like us to become more familiar with the areas that He would most like to transform us in. We will get to that in short order ahead.

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    Lack Blind Purged


    kjv@2Peter:1:9 @ But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

    Before we examine the daily area's specifically that Jesus wants to transform us in and be of substantial influence over, lets us take a look at one more preliminary to the proper ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith: spiritual blindness/short shortsightedness and the influences of our former nature.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Lack

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G3361'

    G3361 @ μή mē may A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether: - any but (that) X forbear + God forbid + lack lest neither never no (X wise in) none nor [can-] not nothing that not un [-taken] without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also G3362 G3363 G3364 G3372 G3373 G3375 G3378.

    2. Blind

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5185'

    G5185 @ τυφλός tuphlos toof-los' From G5187; opaque (as if smoky) that is (by analogy) blind (physically or mentally): - blind.

    3. Purged

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2512'

    G2512 @ καθαρισμός katharismos kath-ar-is-mos' From G2511; a washing off that is (ceremonially) ablution (morally) expiation: - cleansing + purge purification (-fying).

    Practical Aspects

    We left off previously at the importance of the phrase "in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" to our considerations toward "like precious" faith applications. Let's put another way: what benefit does a man with Jesus have that a man without Jesus (or a Jesus of lesser form) doesn't have in this broad spiritually productive regard? What fruit might he expect that the other could not manufacture himself?

    In the preface to this series I spoke of my growing concern that many Christians that I meet (judging by the types of personal problems and set backs they find themselves in currently) are exhibiting a faith that is evidently of such little use to their situations let alone being useful to the Lord to whom they believe so deeply for their future eternal salvation. Knowing Jesus Christ and the operation of the Holy Spirit the bit that I do, I refuse to believe that this is a problem on THEIR side of the faith equation, rather it is a issue on our part. If this fault of ours can be considered causing a "lack", I would say that likely it is not for the lack of faith in Jesus, but for the shortsightedness even unto blindness in many cases in what He intends to be the position and make up of our faith here and now in our daily affairs. He intends to be a much greater influence than we presently allow. Are we agreed?

    If we were to consider "lack" in this regard further it might be thought of as things not being there; the person did not either know what was spiritually available or chose not to operate in it; this would be the blind option. Even more curious is the shortsighted option in which the items were perhaps implemented, but either not fully implemented to the extent needed or fully implemented toward a very narrow target or goal. I can think of some potential causes of this: the person is simply responding to events as they are occurring and has done little in preparing for them, the person is focused on one specific thing (or a smaller subset) and not on all things, the effort is not made to fully sustain what had already been gained.


    Typically in the course of counseling it obvious to the professional counselor the many things that one would logically expect to have been done by the patient not to have been done; this while the patient is convinced that everything has been done and that there is little else that can be done. One would easily expect that had any of these practical steps be taken that the situation would have been much different. Where the professional really earns his/her keep is in discerning the much more subtle needs of redirecting the rational (though blind/shortsighted/poorly coordinated) efforts that have been made, directing them onward toward better more productive gains.

    When it comes to the "like precious" matters, the counselor is one person and one person only: Jesus Christ, and the thing initially lacked most is our not having gone to Him for counsel much sooner and much more often. Even when we do, we tend to take His words and bend them into what we wanted to hear. I am not sure that there is much hard and true method for keeping one's self away from this lack. There have been devout monks that have secluded themselves and devoted themselves to nothing but this one on one time who by all that structure and method are just as guilty of this lack. It is not the quantity nor condition of the time spent apparently that proves out, but the quality of the heart during that time; there is very little method to that except for true sincerity.

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    Diligence Election Assurance


    kjv@2Peter:1:10 @ Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Diligence

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4704'

    G4704 @ σπουδάζω spoudazō spoo-dad'-zo From G4710; to use speed that is to make effort be prompt or earnest: - do (give) diligence be diligent (forward) endeavour labour study.

    2. Election

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1589'

    G1589 @ ἐκλογή eklogē ek-log-ay' From G1586; (divine) selection (abstractly or concretely): - chosen election.

    (See: Topical study dict:all election dict:all predestination )

    3. Sure

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G949'

    G949 @ βέβαιος bebaios beb'-ah-yos From the base of G939 (through the idea of basality); stable (literally or figuratively): - firm of force stedfast sure.

    4. Fall

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4417'

    G4417 @ πταίω ptaiō ptah'-yo A form of G4098; to trip that is (figuratively) to err sin6 fail (of salvation): - fall offend stumble.

    Practical Aspects

    The election of God stands sure, it cannot be jeopardized neither forfeited. What may be still at stake at least in the human mind is a man/woman's own comprehension of it and therefore their productive use in the confidence of it. The fear of being able to loose it often prevents us from extending our faith beyond mere human comprehension/production far enough into the unfamiliar spiritual realm where many would dread to possibly loose it. If it cannot be lost then there is no exercise of "like precious" "obtained" faith (if so guided) too far over extended to not keep a grip on one's election; the exercise of faith may fail or fall short, but the election itself always stands firm. Think of this election as a launching pad; you either have it there or you don't and you cannot do what is sometimes asked of us by the Lord without it.

    Some would see this a license to do anything including to sin; that is one angle of looking at it. Others would see it as the license to be a conduit of great and holy works of the Lord; that is the other. Both are observations of the same standing platform. How you choose to look at and operate in it is not a matter of election, but a matter of what you choose to do once having it. It is the people that refuse to look at it for what it is that fail to step out into it, that become most unproductive else productive merely on a much more limited scale.

    It in our venturing out beyond our personal spiritual borders by the guidance of the Holy Spirit thus experiencing these many God produced fruits that the truly undeniable assurances of our "like precious" faith accumulate. It is by our diligence to these smaller and across the board daily matters that we learn to abide in the spiritual pipeline for these things to happen in/on/through us.

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    Abundant Entrance Kingdom


    kjv@2Peter:1:11 @ For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Entrance

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1529'

    G1529 @ εἴσοδος eisodos ice'-od-os From G1519 and G3598; an entrance (literally or figuratively): - coming enter (-ing) in (to).

    2. Abundantly

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4146'

    G4146 @ πλουσίως plousiōs ploo-see'-oce From G4145; copiously: - abundantly richly.

    3. Kingdom

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G932'

    G932 @ βασιλεία basileia bas-il-i'-ah From G935; properly royalty that is (abstractly) rule or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively): - kingdom + reign.

    Practical Aspects

    One does not make their own entrance into our Lord's kingdom; an entrance is ministered unto them by the Holy Spirit. Many would think that by doing these certain things one would somehow work their way at least to the doorway of this entrance, but even these certain things are rather ministered unto to us; again by the Holy Spirit. We began our discussion with the faith obtained/given; ministered unto us. There has been an abundance of things from there that we've also began to consider and each of them again obtained/given; ministered unto us up to and including all things pertaining to life itself and godliness, up to and including grace and peace multiplied through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The entrance is ministered. The abundance is ministered.

    The opposite of having been ministered unto is having produced for one's own self. Not only can one not produce their entrance, they cannot produce their own abundance (not spiritually).

    The "like precious" faith is not about being issued some "get out of hell" monopoly game card for some future use when the need is presented. That is all that most people use their religious faith for; a savior safely out in the distance. Rather, it is for planting a foothold against the overwhelming tide, establishing that foothold for more than a moment or two, even advancing that foothold forward against all that opposes it toward the direction of the Lord there on the eternal shoreline. It is doing something until Christ Jesus that could not be done and doing it everyday more and more and in all things; something only possible through the Holy Spirit on equal standing with what had been given the Apostles.

    Some might say that this "equal standing" with the Apostles would mean to speak in tongues and miracles and such; and it might for some mean exactly that. First however (and most importantly), it must mean we get into the spiritual flow of things and start applying these tremendous things to our daily lives and the lives of those around us; to be faithful with it in all the smaller things that we might be trusted and more experienced in the larger things. There is a whole lot of work to be done between here and there, but we were created unto good works.

    What is temptation if it is not the very things used to talk us back out of being productive in this "like precious faith"?

    Before you begin to try applying these many things earnestly, please examine the final section in this series the JustificationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith. I believe that your eyes will be further opened to how radically different this faith is meant to be.

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    Justifications Of The Like Precious Faith

    This is part three of the FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries. Please follow the series sequentially in order to fully understand what is being considered here.


    kjv@2Peter:1:12 @ Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

    kjv@2Peter:1:13 @ Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

    kjv@2Peter:1:14 @ Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

    kjv@2Peter:1:15 @ Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

    kjv@2Peter:1:16 @ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

    kjv@2Peter:1:17 @ For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    kjv@2Peter:1:18 @ And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

    kjv@2Peter:1:19 @ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

    kjv@2Peter:1:20 @ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    kjv@2Peter:1:21 @ For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    Knowing something and being able to apply it to your daily walk does not necessarily mean that that knowledge and application is going to be used. Neither does it mean that even if that knowledge and application is used that it will be used often enough to be of any effect nor used to it's fullest. Clearly, there is something else that is vital to living the "like precious" faith to it's fruitful intention. I will call that vital essential the "Justifications of the Like Precious Faith".

    Think of the first two sections covered as tools in a tool box; a spiritual tool box. This third section shall better examine the "why" behind using them instead of the other set of worldly tools that you are more familiar and accustomed to daily.

      This section breaks down into at least 7 essential parts that you'll want to examine piece by piece:
    1. ThePresentTruth
    2. PuttingInRemembrance
    3. HaveTheseThingsAlways
    4. PowerAndComing
    5. EyeWitnessesOfMajesty
    6. WordOfProphecy
    7. MovedBy

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    The Present Truth


    kjv@2Peter:1:12 @ Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

    The question as we are now addressing it is: Why would one begin using this new "like precious" tool set anyway? taking the time to get to know it and productively practice it? What justification could there be for it's daily and exclusive use? The answer takes us first into the consideration of what "present truth" we currently are "established" in.

    Contextual Anchors

    1. Stērizō - Establish

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4741'

    G4741 @ στηρίζω stērizō stay-rid'-zo From a presumed derivative of G2476 (like G4731); to set fast that is (literally) to turn resolutely in a certain direction or (figuratively) to confirm: - fix (e-) stablish stedfastly set strengthen.

    2. Pareimi -Present

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G3918'

    G3918 @ πάρειμι pareimi par'-i-mee From G3844 and G1510 (including its various forms); to be near that is at hand; neuter present participle (singular) time being or (plural) property: - come X have be here + lack (be here) present.

    3. Alētheia - Truth

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G225'

    G225 @ ἀλήθεια alētheia al-ay'-thi-a From G227; truth: - true X truly truth verity.

    Practical Aspects:

    There may be a couple ways of thinking through this concept of "present truth".

    There is the present truth as we presently know it; as we've perhaps (or a dear one has) made it. This is the truth of everything that we believed and done up to now, the answers that we have put forward and the results and consequences of those answers. For all that it has built up and become, our present truth has been pretty well established by that. In fact, we may have gotten so cozy with that it would be quite uncomfortable to look at or think of or do anything other than this or in any other way. We can look at our present situation whatever it is and logical say that this and everything that we've put into it is our "present truth". What this present truth is for those that are going through it may appear a whole lot different from the present truth as seen by those outside of it looking in, just as their present truth may appear to us.

    There is also, so you know, a present truth closer to the form meant by Peter. It is a truth of all that God has given and done to get His faithful child beyond whatever this present situation/lesson may be and into His abundantly fruitful present truth leading up to His eternal truth/glorious presence. Peter might of well asked if God has provided and done all of this to our great benefit and we are mostly aware of these many tremendous things God has accomplished, why then are we still going about our present situation addressing it by our own feeble form of present truth?

    The truth is that we are established in the sense that we know it as general spiritual concept, but not established in the sense of having actually put it forward into daily practical use. And if we do put it to use it is typically only long enough to get us through the most immediate present situation and not continue on with it as a platform of spiritual success towards the the immediate next. This problem had historically plagued Old Testament Israel just as it has plagued New Testament Church; it's ranks are filled mostly with practically unestablished waves of crises riders.

    Think of the present truth of the drug addict. Think of how different that is from the present truth declared by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now think in terms of a Christian drug addict (yes there is such a thing - many). Is it that the person does not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? No, we have to take her/him at their word. What is it then? It is that the influence of Jesus Christ has yet to be put forward and established into their present situation (addiction).

    Think of the Christian couple coming to the point of divorce. Is it that they do not believe in Jesus Christ? Is it that they haven't tried to use selected bible verses to reignite the old embers of their passion? You know they have. Is that what is required of them to pass this test? to rekindle old embers? is that not the rehashed answers of their own present truth? So what is it that is still missing? It is that the influence of Jesus Christ has yet to be put forward and established into their present situation (life as one in Christ married). His influence may be being applied now that it is all crumbled down around then, but His steady continuing influence hadn't been applied and firmly established before this crises (not at a rate exceeding the establishment of everything negative being corrupted by the world into their marriage). Whatever use that they have made of those few scriptures has been short sighted to the much broader influence their Lord has sought to have in their lives and union.

    Then the question becomes: so why didn't Peter dedicate himself to all these many established ills that entangle the Christian walk individually? Why isn't there an Epistle of Peter to the Christian Marriage as part of a vast collection of Epistles to everything thing else? That is because all of these many things stem from the lack of one thing and they are all answered by the reintroduction of that one thing, that one thing worked at continuously across the board in all daily matters in order to become firmly established. That one thing most definitely (and scripture resoundingly supports this) is the overwhelming influence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    How does one come to experience more and more of this impactful influence? Well...read this chapter again if you don't know; it is what kjv@2Peter:1 and many other bible chapters have been talking about all along.

    So now we think in terms of justification. Why step forward with the FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith and ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith principals into our continuous daily life present crises or not? Perhaps the question should be better put: why would a annointed man like Peter chose to devote the remainder of his life here on earth putting generations of us Christ believers into remembrance of these very things? couldn't of his short and precious time have been better spent? Apparently not if we can't seem to keep them in established practice or keep from entangling our better witness in all of extra worldly complicated this.

    Perhaps our FolpfApp1 resource is a adequate and organized place to start this "present state" inquiry. Perhaps you can think of or design another.

    I ask all readers to consider not only where they are at personally in regards to this "present truth" but also the supportive Church as a whole, where are we at. Therein is our first answer as to why any of us should be re-familiarizing ourselves to this tool set (or call it mind set whichever) on an immediate and daily basis.

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    Putting In Remembrance


    kjv@2Peter:1:13 @ Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;

    kjv@2Peter:1:14 @ Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

    Some would accuse me of attempting to mold Peter's words in this epistle into some type of rigid methodology; the feeling being that faith is better left free flowing and unscripted. I see neither sentiment superior to the other unless clearly tied to God given obtained measure of faith opposite the world manufactured Peter is reporting of here. I also see the church world that I live in today as being plagued to an extent by both polarities of view to it's harm; again the key being the spiritual power source either of the two is connected to.

    Contextual Anchor:

    1. Diegeirō - Stir

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1326'

    G1326 @ διεγείρω diegeirō dee-eg-i'-ro From G1223 and G1453; to wake fully that is arouse (literally or figuratively): - arise awake raise stir up.

    2. Shewed Me - (see: kjv@John:21:18-19)

    Practical Aspects:

    What I sense from Peter is the desire for his fellow brethren to be always connected to and energized by the superior source Christ's direct influence, but the practical realization of a near constant human entropy reverting back to a corrupting state observable regardless the human modality. He as much as says so when he says that in lacking true productivity we are short sighted unto blindness even failing to our former natures.

    Some times the intention of a good teacher isn't to teach a subject item by item or line by line, but to simply and effectively stir remembrance. Surely we all know that the influence of Jesus Christ upon our lives is meant to be monumental. Often times as pupils we are too hurried seeking only our immediate answers to not reopen the doorway to such monumental influence. Perhaps we should be asking who needs such small tiny answers when there is such a great and transformational influence. Maybe that is the one line item that first should be taught.

    Think of kjv@2Peter:1 as a giant stir stick; with it Peter intends to stir our remembrance over and over again, not just once but over and over again continually. Think of what we are trying to design into our FolpfApp1 and FolpfApp1 (and future) resources as tangible extensions of that; Peter's (better yet the Holy Spirit's) stirring. Perhaps it is meant to be a stew of many spiritual elements, VirtuousFaith stirred to meld with precious promises stirred to meld with PatientTemperance and a portion of adding all diligence etc... One day the synthesis has the inspirational flavor allowing for the influence of repentance. Another day perhaps it is influenced by the need to forgive a long departed acquaintance or loved one. Maybe another it inspires the influence of loving an enemy or standing firm in the face of opposition to a certain truth. What ever the day brings, having been stirred in the morning and stirred again at lunch break and yet again in the fellowship of a believing co-worker etc..., the stirring brings remembrance, the remembrance opens up pathways of influence, influence makes for establishment, establishment a platform for continuing in the influence of our Lord's present truth.

    The transformed servant/apostle therein is brought to an fruitful abundance in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and is witness to an increasing abundant entrance into His kingdom. It is fruitful in the sense of his/her own present situation and fruitful unto the Lord in the sense of being of becoming a conduit of His influence upon the other believers (and potential) surrounding you.

    Is this stirring towards productive knowledge in Christ meant for our casual use in solving our own besetting problems? or for the testament one to another of God's own glory?

    Rigid methodology or free unencumbered spirituality are neither a source in themselves, they are merely approaches to staying connected to their proper source. Both have the overwhelming tendency of failing by human drive. It can also be argued that unless one has already been connected, for the sake of establishing familiarity the most productive means of becoming connected might be by methodical and consistently reproducible means.

    Another point that must be made in a similar regard is that which is to be remembered needs to be guarded, protected from further corruption, much like the Gospel itself. If it meant one thing to those of the early church it needs to remain the one thing in the generations to follow. This may be why Peter has gone to the extent of writing this down for us as it becomes less easily bent by our selective memories and intentions with it.

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    Have These Things Always


    kjv@2Peter:1:15 @ Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

    The "like precious faith" discourse continuous as we seek further justification as to why we would use this discourse rather than something of our own/another's device: Peter's life ending endeavor. Please remember that Peter obeyed the Lord even unto death so that we could be found under our Lord's direct and substantial influence.

    Contextual Anchors:

    1. Spoudazō - Endeavor

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4704'

    G4704 @ σπουδάζω spoudazō spoo-dad'-zo From G4710; to use speed that is to make effort be prompt or earnest: - do (give) diligence be diligent (forward) endeavour labour study.

    2. Hekastote - Always

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1539'

    G1539 @ ἑκάστοτε hekastote hek-as'-tot-eh As if from G1538 and G5119; at every time: - always.

    Practical Aspects:

    The contextual anchor here that caught my eye the most was that not only could the Hekastote be resloved as "always", it could be translated "each/every time" and the two would not necessarily have to conflict. "Always" and "every time" can have a delightful sibilance one to the other. Ask yourself this: if the influence of our Lord "always" has His intended effect is there "any specific time" that the influence of Him would not? The answer to this question is precisely what we need to keep in remembrance and therefore keep in the forefront of our minds to seek His influence "always/every time/all times".

    This principal is opposite the typical way that we go about our modern Christianity where we rather seek the influence of a trusted author or a supportive group/retreat or even yes a well promoted public evangelist. These things given our timidness to our Lord can very well be merely proxies of the relationship and therefore the influence better intended by our God. Our prayers can be our attempt to influence the HIS favor minus this direct relationship. Our efforts can likewise be attempts of influencing the Lord to favor us. Our studies and meditations can be vain minded searches of high intellect of how we are going to solve this or that ourselves (thank you Lord for the tidbit of information that straightened my thoughts out so I could see more clearly). These are not the monumental influence, they are the mediocre, the same or similar things that any person with or without Christ could manufacture for themselves and most could be found pleasantly satisfied with only that.

    The thought comes to mind that we may be simply seeking to not be a burden to our Lord and to keep ourselves in a position of biblically self justified independence; we stay out of His way and He stays out of ours. If we could but borrow enough of His influence to get us to that position, many of us would be quite satisfied. How little that notion compares to the "always/every time" influence of our Savior upon the "like precious" servant/apostle of Jesus Christ toward the abiding bountiful spiritual production in the knowledge of Him that called us to glory and virtue.

    One more point. Every year there is a whole new rash of Christian books and authors published, each addressing specific areas of topical Christian concern; the year passes and these books are closed out on clearance in favor of a newer breed. In contrast, we have one man by the power of the Holy Spirit and the context of the preponderance of all other scripture saying what is needed to be said in two letters and these highly influenced efforts remaining in written form to this very day over two millennium later. Not only that, I can take you to just one chapter in these letters (have it bookmarked in bible and ready to go) (use it daily myself), and you and I could have a productive session about anything spiritually lacking in you or I/us. With that and an open heart we can come under the direct influence of the "author and finisher of our faith".

    This stirring of remembrance is a good part of what is meant to always have "these things" in remembrance and further justification towards the practical daily use of these foundations and these applications of the "Like Precious Faith"!

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    Power And Comming


    kjv@2Peter:1:16 @ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

    Most readers trip over the phrase "cunningly devised fables" upon inquiry into this sentence, when what should really be it's focal point should the phrase "power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ". Which of the two are most people more afraid of? being deceived by a cunningly devised fable? or being witness to the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? The answer is rarely as simple and forthcoming as it should be.

    Contextual Anchors:

    1. Exakoloutheō - Followed

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1811'

    G1811 @ ἐξακολουθέω exakoloutheō ex-ak-ol-oo-theh'-o From G1537 and G190; to follow out that is (figuratively) to imitate obey yield to: - follow.

    2. Dunamis - Power

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1411'

    G1411 @ δύναμις dunamis doo'-nam-is From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability abundance meaning might (-ily -y -y deed) (worker of) miracle (-s) power strength violence mighty (wonderful) work.

    (See: Topical study TorreyPowerOfChrist or slidy:TorreyPowerOfChrist )

    3. Parousia - Comming

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G3952'

    G3952 @ παρουσία parousia par-oo-see'-ah From the present participle of G3918; a being near that is advent (often return; specifically of Christ to punish Jerusalem or finally the wicked); (by implication) physical aspect: - coming presence.

    (See: Topical study dict:easton Coming dict:torrey Second Coming )

    Practical Aspects:

    Jesus holds a peculiar position in this world's timeline: having been before the beginning/having come/His influence being still present/soon to return (it can be added to have reigned all along/to reign afresh ever more). If to consider what is meant by His power, the consideration properly should begin right here. For such a peculiar position to be true it is required that He have such omnipotent power. Unless one of us were afforded the opportunity step back from the impositions of the segmented time line and see it this distributed power gathered as solid whole we would have a much lessoned ability to see and even confirm that such an omnipotence is indeed there. We would be limited to the exhibition of such evidence at this particular time. At this present segment the evidence would be left to the exhibition of the influence over His patiently faithful servants. How well are you exhibiting the influential power of His coming/presence/soon return?

    There is an interesting human trait observed that played out in the gospel accounts regarding how people responded to Jesus. The people of the region surrounding Jesus "saw a great light" it is written. At first it was a public curiosity; "I hear He has done miracles for others", "I wonder if He can do a miracle for me", thousands came and brought others to find out. Suddenly when He was doing healing miracles for any and all that were brought to Him to the tune of thousands a day (this like no other man before Him or since) then the trait became for them to back off/begin to despise the light for what it is revealing to them about themselves/their own hearts and intents. The problem became not what the Son of God was able to do for them (what He was able to do was unfathomable and unexplainable powerful), it was what in doing so it revealed about them. Jesus was rejected and in so doing the many legitimate and powerful things that He did in the presence and eyesight of all the people of that region became suspicious of cunning and fable (almost as a means of self defence).

    Peter and his fellow Apostles went on to make known the power of the Lord's coming in that day. Many there had seen and had experience first hand with this power as it effected their healing or their astonishment and so the knowing of what this power and coming spiritually meant to what was being revealed by it in the darker recesses of their hearts was the effort being placed. From that the power of true spiritual repentance and regeneration, of Christ's clearly defined salvation and redemption, of a new highly influence view point and approach to problems, of ministry and helps and evangelism, un-human often endurances of persecution came forth that swept the region like a wild fire; further evidences of His stated power. Today testimonies continue as to this power especially in places of the world/life it would be least expected; the power of having come/having influence over still/the motivating hope of His soon return.

    As professing servants/apostles of Jesus Christ to this day and age what is it that we are making known as to the power of this having come/having influence over still/the motivating hope of His soon return? Is it that we are able to figure this all out? that by our own initiative and resource that we are able to make somewhat of an impact? that we are established Christians even though we are yet unestablished in the obtained faith/virtue/knowledge/temperance/patience/godliness/brotherly kindness/agape love form so eloquently exhorted by our much esteemed and venerated St. Peter? Quite frankly yes. That is most all of the power that we are making known to this present age. Reason being: "Influence", the lack thereof.

    Peter you'll recall said "if these things be in you and abound...".

    The FolpfApp1 resource is a simple grid collecting the elements of Peter's discourse to be used in stirring up self examination and remembrance of the better founded faith. For our online users the body is blank for the leadings of the Holy Spirit as being affirmed by the column and row headers linked to the wealth of scripture gathering around them. For our offline users it is like a journal to notate where His influence is welcomed and sought. Please utilize this at this time to stir your consideration of what/whose power and coming we are making known presently.

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    Eye Witnesses Of Majesty


    kjv@2Peter:1:16 @ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

    kjv@2Peter:1:17 @ For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

    kjv@2Peter:1:18 @ And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

    Need further reason to justify implementing the "like precious" faith into your daily life?

    Contextual Anchors:

    kjv@Matthew:17:1-5
    kjv@Mark:9:2
    kjv@Luke:9:28-32
    kjv@John:1:14

    Practical Aspects:

    The interesting thing I find in Peter's retelling of this personally witnessed event is that Peter was told by Jesus directly not to tell anyone about this until after Jesus had died and been resurrected. Here we are attempting to justify the practical application of the "like precious" faith and here is one of the major evidences that would justify it and yet it is for a time purposely withheld from public consumption by the Lord Himself. Don't you find that interesting?

    Peter is retelling this now because it supports in his mind his previous statement that this is not a cunningly devised fable, but does it promote the same confidence in us who were not fortunate enough to have witnessed this event ourselves? What promotes confidence in our minds are the tangible and practical results.


    You see, people don't believe because of what they see or hear, they believe because of what they have been able to experience. Just because three men had witnessed the majesty of Jesus first hand does not mean that any other men are going to believe just because of the three delayed men's testimony; not because it is not true, but because the experience of it is foreign to us. If faith is the "evidence" of things unseen, things hoped for, the "like precious" faith outlined here is then the attempt to bring forward the evidences of such faith into our daily lives, thus it is the bringing forth of fruit/the not lacking nor being barren/the abiding in His vine/the partaking of His divine nature. We believe all the more because of what we have been brought by Him to experience.

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    Word Of Prophecy


    kjv@2Peter:1:19 @ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

    kjv@2Peter:1:20 @ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    What would you say if I were propose for this instance simply summarizing the meaning of all prophecy as being as God working to have HIS monumental influence upon every one of us? What if I further proposed HIS commandment to mean to willingly opening up and being receptive to HIS considerable influence and becoming established in it enough to become a conduit of that influence to all others? Not HIS influence as we would choose to invent it, but HIS influence as HE divinely radiates it? Would the dawning of this proposed notion be enough to carry us out into the full light of the day?

    Contextual Anchors:

    index:JESUSBYINDEX OTProphecy

    dict:all Prophecy

    Practical Aspects:

    The very first prophecy recorded in scripture is at nkjv@Genesis:2:17 "...the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die". Not to leave soon fallen mankind in this perpetual death state the second prophecy is immediately given at nkjv@Genesis:3:15 "...between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" which forms the bases of a covenant that all other subsequent covenants are built off of. Notice that this dual covenant/prophecy is without condition and without human conception. This rationally can be thought of as the second covenant as the first covenant depended upon man's obedience, the second depended on God's faithfulness to HIS stated objective and commitment. That seed of the woman is none other than Jesus Christ.

    Many prophecies followed both short term to acquaint man to the concepts of prophecy and establishment of certain verifiable prophets, others mid range involving the coming Messiah and His ministry, some long range to address of the final fulfillment of this overarching/all encompassing covenant at the Second Coming and Judgment. Nothing of this plan should come as any surprise because both the prophecies and their prophets have long been established. One can rest assured because of the considerable time and effort expended already by God towards this fulfillment that HIS ultimate objective isn't just as plain and simple as having us all back on board to live a life eternally similar to the mortal life we live for ourselves right here. No, the life to come involves considerable changes the types of which have not even crossed our minds.

    Many there are that would see these changes as a bad undesirable thing, some because they adverse to the very notion of God, others because of the man made changes a variety of misguided religious types have tried to force upon them. Change rather begins at the official influence of Christ and that by immediate and direct relationship to Him via the Holy Spirit, the production and reception of His righteousness, our putting this production forward into our lives, the experience and occasional correction due attempting to implement it into our daily lives. Change comes by the full recognition and acknowledgement (as we've now learned) of who Christ actually is in all His glory/authority and what He intends for influence to be over us.

    Everything that the Law of Commandments could not do to change us being only able alert us to our carnal inabilities, everything that the prophecies pointed to in a Messiah, being thus fulfilled by Jesus is now most capable of changing in us. And that change is intended to begin right here and right now ever increasing scale in advance of this corrupted worlds final judgment. Prophecy shines brighter and brighter as does our understanding of how much it is meant to change us and bring us under His might influence.

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    kjv@2Peter:1:20 @ Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    kjv@2Peter:1:21 @ For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    It may beyond the scope of this present writing to attempt to definitively tackle the skeptics' adamant conclusions on the subject of possible Bible authorship/inspiration and inerrancy. We must however approach our need for these doctrines to be true as it is most essential to the proper operation/justification of "like precious" faith.

    Contextual Anchors:

    1. Scripture


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1124'

    G1124 @ γραφή graphē graf-ay' From G1125; a document that is holy Writ (or its contents or a statement in it): - scripture.

    (See: Topical study BibleFacts dict:torrey Scripture )

    2. Pherō̄ fer'-o - Moved

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5342'

    G5342 @ φέρω pherō̄ fer'-o A primary verb (for which other and apparently not cognate ones are used in certain tenses only; namely οἴω oiō̄̄ and ἐνέγκω enegkō̄ to bear or carry (in a very wide application literally and figuratively: - be bear bring (forth) carry come + let her drive be driven endure go on lay lead move reach rushing uphold.

    (See: Topical study dict:all Inspiration )

    3. Holy Ghost

    (See: Topical study dict:torrey Holy Spirit and slidy:TorreyNamesOfHolySpirit )

    Practical Aspects:

    A multitude of men and women wiser than I have written extensively on these crucial theological doctrines, some of them I'd do better simply referring you to. But so that we are all on equal grounds understanding this difficult conceptual vocabulary I will be using, let me quote Matthew George Easton:


    Quoted resource: easton 'Inspiration'

    Inspiration @ that extraordinary or supernatural divine influence vouchsafed to those who wrote the Holy Scriptures, rendering their writings infallible. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (R.V., "Every scripture inspired of God"), nkjv@2Timothy:3:16. This is true of all the "sacred writings," not in the sense of their being works of genius or of supernatural insight, but as "theopneustic," i.e., "breathed into by God" in such a sense that the writers were supernaturally guided to express exactly what God intended them to express as a revelation of his mind and will. The testimony of the sacred writers themselves abundantly demonstrates this truth; and if they are infallible as teachers of doctrine, then the doctrine of plenary inspiration must be accepted. There are no errors in the Bible as it came from God, none have been proved to exist. Difficulties and phenomena we cannot explain are not errors. All these books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired. We do not say that they contain, but that they are, the Word of God. The gift of inspiration rendered the writers the organs of God, for the infallible communication of his mind and will, in the very manner and words in which it was originally given. As to the nature of inspiration we have no information. This only we know, it rendered the writers infallible. They were all equally inspired, and are all equally infallible. The inspiration of the sacred writers did not change their characters. They retained all their individual peculiarities as thinkers or writers. (See BIBLE; WORD OF GOD

    Logically , we "like precious" believers absolutely need this definition of divine inspiration to be true for our discussion of the "like precious" faith to hold water; and the critic is fully aware of this. The critic needs not strain to replace all the substantive change afforded by this inspiration with his own invention, he merely needs to shoot down ours. "To the unclean of heart all things are defiled" a wise man once wrote, such seems to be the case of with modern criticism.

    Until it can be definitively proven that either God did not write this or that God does not even exist both sides are left playing a game of logic, one side buttressed by the evidences of the many lives the inspiration seems to transform, the other by the lack of God and godliness this present uninspired corruption seems to suggest. Which would you rather?

    The point of the debate I would be more defenseless to is the issue of fallible private/corporate interpretation of what otherwise I believe to be divinely inspired holy writ. Peter is obviously not saying that prophecy and scripture are not subject on our part to private interpretation; they are laden with our efforts privately and corporately to better understand them. What he and the other bible authors are claiming is that the actual communications themselves are "God breathed" not "man thought of".

    I am not so sure that this fallible handling of the infallible writ is altogether a bad thing as it forces us to try interpretations, to prove/test interpretations, to in fact make us all the more dependent upon direct relationships with our Lord and Savior. The problem is that man is going to take what ever he is given and find an immediate way of corrupting it one way or another. If he is to abandon his relationship in the quest for these intellectual ramblings he is likely to do nothing but spin his wheels.

    God could have given us more or less detail than HE did. Perhaps that would have helped resolve some of this, but likely not. Whether opting for more or less, both are viable options for a righteous God to take, absence however is not (not if HE is going to judge). What we believe as "like precious" Christian believers is that God is very much righteous and HE has very much not been absent and that HE has favored a slightly minimal option which first and foremost draws from us the simple presumption of HIS righteousness (which is due in any loving relationship and longterm commitment) and from that a deeper quest in sincerity into HIS righteous in-errancy and truth.

    Let us say for now that God has breathed to us the essentials to find our way into His further influence in the Holy Writ. His influence confirmed by Writ and Spirit can show us all the more. So much better is this than the critics' vacuous alternative!

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    Foundations Of The Like Precious Faith - Conclusions


    kjv@2Peter:1:12 @ Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

    If you look back on the materials that I have proposed in this FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaithSeries, you'll find that the program is really pretty simple. Take the FolpfApp1 grid, it is not meant so much to give you direct answers, it is meant to give you a direction (scripture and God's overwhelming influence) to pursue those answers. Take the many related topical and word studies presented, they by no means encompass all the scripture that would help you, but they did give you a starting point that you could take along with you no matter where you are at during the day. The thing is that it does require your effort. I can not solve all of your problems myself neither would you want me to. The "Like Precious" faith is always about relationship to Jesus Christ, your relationship with Him, not about some other believer's relationship in proxy that you can borrow favor from. There is no better way to experience and grow richly in this relationship than to start putting these things (His things) forward into your life.

    The FolpfApp1 grid gives us all a host of scripturally valid points to consider as we are searching any matter out. It also gives us several different angles to look at each of these points from; all from within the framework of finding meaningful and useful spiritual application out of daily.

    Certainly there are corruptions of many many forms as we would make them of otherwise beneficial exercises (faith/virtue/knowledge/temperance/patience/godliness/kindness/love); corruptions otherwise inescapable if not for Jesus and His allowance for us to partake of the influence of His incorruptible divine nature. There are the influences of His righteousness, the influence of His grace and peace multiplied in the knowledge of Him, the provision by Him of "all things pertaining to" life and godliness by His divine power, the influence of the fulfillment of all divine promise in His person; all this under the empowerment and steady tutelage of the Holy Spirit. This is what with honesty and much obedient trial and effort we become servant and apostle to rather than our own half answers and half halfhearted shortsightedness (religious sounding as they may be).

    Whether you know the scripture behind these points yet or not, you have a place here now at least to begin your contemplations and inquiries. Allow these to stir your curiosity into the deeper scriptures and therefore knowledge of Christ. I once described these many points each as scriptural "hangers" to place the greater contexts of the Bible upon. Look at what we have done already as the very beginning of that great and essential work.

    Again, I must you remind you of the original purpose that I sensed behind this undertaking: the seemingly powerless state of many believers (including myself) and near believers to push past their personal hindrances/entrapments to get to a position of being useful to our Lord's glorious bidding. I am finding that it is not by the lack of our human effort per se, but by the lack of His influence. This is not by His lack of effort to be of influence upon us, but by our lack of effort to allow Him in us to be such. We think we know what it means to be this, judging by the evidences of our own lives, what do we really know about any of this?

    Peter by the direction of the Holy Spirit took it upon himself to put us always (even in this day and age) in remembrance; not the remembrance of some clever fable or some top 10 self help magazine advice, but the real essentials of being a light not hid, a vessel of honor. We are created unto good works. Not works that produce our salvation for that is by grace and grace alone, rather works of God working in and on and even through us, works of His that we obediently step out into. Abiding in/Abounding in!

    Life becomes for us Jesus and His influence upon us. It is a good influence. It is a substantial influence. It is a thriving influence. It begins as a faith obtained through His/THEIR righteousness and a faith that remains as it seeks to live that righteousness out. It is a faith/life that is "like" because it is very similar to what the Apostle's personally were brought by Jesus to believe. It is very "precious" because the blood of God's own Son was used to bring it about. It is very "precious" because of the change in us it all is meant to bring about.

    Why then not go about living it? The "Like Precious Faith"?


    kjv@2Peter:1:11 @ For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    An Initial Prayer

    Beautiful Savior Jesus, you have saved us fallen sinners just as you foretold and promised; what a blessed thing indeed... Thank you! Saved unto what my heart must now inquire. Saved unto more of the same until at last your trumpets call? Saved unto a time out for me while others get on board? Hopefully not. Saved unto being placed under your love, your wing, influence and tutelage. A life long experience us hand in hand? Be let it so.

    Lord, I most need you here and to be my influence. Please Lord influence me in these ways. Place upon me as only you can a VirtuousFaith, a KnowledgableVirtue, a TemperateKnowledge, a PatientTemperance, a GodlyPatience, even a BrotherlyGodliness and if I be so bold to ask that AgapeBrotherliness. Let me be deeply affected within. Place these upon me also that I might become an ample conduit of your mighty influence to others to your honor and glory. Let this be day one of a new spiritually productive me.


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    G652 @ ἀπόστολος apostolos ap-os'-tol-os From G649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (apostle) (with miraculous powers): - apostle messenger he that is sent.


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    Charis Grace


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5485'

    G5485 @ χάρις charis khar'-ece From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying) of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable benefit favour gift grace (-ious) joy liberality pleasure thank (-s -worthy).

  • FROM GOD
  • kjv@1Corinthians:1:3 @ Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@2Thessalonians:1:2 @ Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@2Timothy:1:2 @ To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

    kjv@2Timothy:1:9 @ Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began ,

    kjv@Philemon:1:3 @ Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@1Timothy:1:2 @ Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

    kjv@2John:1:3 @ Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

    kjv@Galatians:1:3 @ Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

    kjv@Romans:1:7 @ To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • OF GOD
  • kjv@1Corinthians:1:4 @ I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

    kjv@1Corinthians:3:10 @ According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

    kjv@1Corinthians:15:10 @ But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

    kjv@1Corinthians:16:23 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    kjv@1Peter:4:10 @ As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another , as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

    kjv@1Peter:5:10 @ But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

    kjv@2Corinthians:1:12 @ For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

    kjv@2Corinthians:6:1 @ We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

    kjv@2Corinthians:8:1 @ Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

    kjv@2Corinthians:9:14 @ And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

    kjv@2Thessalonians:1:12 @ That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Titus:1:4 @ To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

  • BY GODS POWER
  • kjv@Ephesians:3:7 @ Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

  • SPIRIT OF
  • kjv@Hebrews:10:29 @ Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

  • GOSPEL OF
  • kjv@Acts:20:24 @ But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    kjv@Acts:20:32 @ And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

  • WORD OF
  • kjv@Acts:14:3 @ Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

  • GLORY OF
  • kjv@Ephesians:1:6 @ To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

  • THRONE OF
  • kjv@Hebrews:4:16 @ Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

  • OF OUR LORD
  • kjv@1Thessalonians:5:28 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.

    kjv@1Timothy:1:14 @ And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

    kjv@2Corinthians:8:9 @ For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

    kjv@2Corinthians:13:14 @ The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.

    kjv@2Thessalonians:3:18 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.

    kjv@Galatians:6:18 @ Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.To the Galatians written from Rome.

    kjv@Hebrews:2:9 @ But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

    kjv@Philemon:1:25 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.

    kjv@Philippians:4:23 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.

    kjv@Revelation:22:21 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

    kjv@Romans:16:20 @ And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly . The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

    kjv@Romans:16:24 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

  • FROM THE LORD
  • kjv@Revelation:1:4 @ John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is , and which was , and which is to come ; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

  • THAT IS IN/THROUGH JESUS
  • kjv@2Timothy:2:1 @ Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

    kjv@Romans:3:24 @ Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

  • NOT OF WORKS/LAW
  • kjv@Romans:4:4 @ Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

    kjv@Romans:6:14-15 @ For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid .

    kjv@Romans:11:6 @ And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

  • GIVEN
  • kjv@1Peter:5:5 @ Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

    kjv@2Thessalonians:2:16 @ Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

    kjv@Ephesians:3:2 @ If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

    kjv@Ephesians:3:8 @ Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

    kjv@Ephesians:4:7 @ But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

    kjv@James:4:6 @ But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

    kjv@Romans:12:3 @ For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly , according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

    kjv@Romans:12:6 @ Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

    kjv@Romans:15:15 @ Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

  • GIFT
  • kjv@2Corinthians:8:4 @ Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

    kjv@Romans:16:20 @ And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly . The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

  • CALLED INTO
  • kjv@Galatians:1:6 @ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

    kjv@Galatians:1:15 @ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mothers womb, and called me by his grace,

    kjv@Romans:5:15 @ But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

  • BENEFIT
  • kjv@2Corinthians:1:15 @ And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;

  • FAVOR
  • kjv@Acts:2:47 @ Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

    kjv@Acts:25:3 @ And desired favour against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying wait in the way to kill him.

  • CONSOLATION
  • kjv@Philemon:1:7 @ For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

  • PLEASURE
  • kjv@Acts:24:27 @ But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

    kjv@Acts:25:9 @ But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?

  • ACCESS
  • kjv@Romans:5:2 @ By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

  • SALVATION THROUGH
  • kjv@Acts:15:11 @ But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

    kjv@Ephesians:2:5 @ Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

    kjv@Ephesians:2:8 @ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    kjv@Titus:2:11 @ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

  • JUSTIFIED BY
  • kjv@Titus:3:7 @ That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

  • ACCEPTABLE
  • kjv@1Peter:2:20 @ For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

  • HEIRS TOGETHER OF
  • kjv@1Peter:3:7 @ Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

  • ELECTION OF
  • kjv@Romans:11:5 @ Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

  • BY GRACE BE PARTAKER
  • kjv@1Corinthians:10:30 @ For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

    kjv@Philippians:1:7 @ Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

  • THAT SHOULD COME
  • kjv@1Peter:1:10 @ Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

    kjv@1Peter:1:13 @ Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

  • LIBERALITY
  • kjv@1Corinthians:16:3 @ And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

  • ABUNDANCE/RICHES
  • kjv@2Corinthians:4:15 @ For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

    kjv@2Corinthians:8:7 @ Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

    kjv@2Corinthians:9:8 @ And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

    kjv@Ephesians:1:7 @ In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    kjv@Ephesians:2:7 @ That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

    kjv@Romans:5:17 @ For if by one mans offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    kjv@Romans:5:20 @ Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

    kjv@Romans:6:1 @ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

  • GRACE MIGHT REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • kjv@Romans:5:21 @ That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • BE WITH/UNTO YOU
  • kjv@1Peter:1:2 @ Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

    kjv@1Thessalonians:1:1 @ Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@1Timothy:6:21 @ Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.

    kjv@2Corinthians:1:2 @ Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@2Timothy:4:22 @ The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.The second epistle unto Timotheus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Ephesians, was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.

    kjv@Colossians:1:2 @ To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Colossians:4:18 @ The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.Written from Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.

    kjv@Ephesians:1:2 @ Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Ephesians:6:24 @ Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.

    kjv@Hebrews:13:25 @ Grace be with you all. Amen.Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.

    kjv@Philippians:1:2 @ Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Romans:1:5 @ By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

    kjv@Titus:3:15 @ All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of Macedonia.

  • UPON
  • kjv@Acts:4:33 @ And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

    kjv@Acts:7:10 @ And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

    kjv@Acts:7:46 @ Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob.

  • THANKS
  • kjv@1Corinthians:15:57 @ But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@1Peter:2:19 @ For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

    kjv@1Timothy:1:12 @ And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

    kjv@2Corinthians:2:14 @ Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

    kjv@2Corinthians:8:16 @ But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.

    kjv@2Corinthians:9:15 @ Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

    kjv@2Timothy:1:3 @ I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

    kjv@Romans:6:17 @ But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

  • SUFFICIENT
  • kjv@2Corinthians:12:9 @ And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • CONTINUED IN
  • kjv@Acts:13:43 @ Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

  • FINISHED IN SAME GRACE AS BEGUN
  • kjv@2Corinthians:8:6 @ Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

  • GROWN
  • kjv@2Peter:3:18 @ But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever . Amen.

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

  • SEEN/PERCEIVED
  • kjv@Acts:11:23 @ Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

    kjv@Galatians:2:9 @ And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

  • KNOWN
  • kjv@Colossians:1:6 @ Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit , as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

  • RECOMENDED TO
  • kjv@Acts:14:26 @ And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

    kjv@Acts:15:40 @ And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

  • ADMINISTERED
  • kjv@2Corinthians:8:19 @ And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

  • ESTABLISHED WITH
  • kjv@Hebrews:13:9 @ Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein .

  • OF FAITH
  • kjv@Romans:4:16 @ Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

  • BELIEVED THROUGH
  • kjv@Acts:18:27 @ And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:

  • IN HEART
  • kjv@Colossians:3:16 @ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

  • IN SPEECH
  • kjv@Colossians:4:6 @ Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

    kjv@Ephesians:4:29 @ Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

  • FRUSTRATED/FAILED/TURNED
  • kjv@Galatians:2:21 @ I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    kjv@Hebrews:12:15 @ Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

    kjv@Jude:1:4 @ For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • FALLEN FROM
  • kjv@Galatians:5:4 @ Christ is become of no effect unto you , whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

  • HAVE GRACE
  • kjv@Hebrews:12:28 @ Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

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    Dikaiosune - Righteousness


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1343'

    G1343 @ δικαιοσύνη dikaiosunē dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay From G1342; equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification: - righteousness.


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    Divine God

    As declared by scripture

    (Compiled by R.A. Torrey dict:torrey God )





    Divine Nature

    As described by God's holiness

    (Compiled by R.A. Torrey dict:torrey Holiness )





    Divine Promise

    (Compiled by R.A. Torrey dict:torrey Promise )


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    Doulos - Servant


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1401'

    G1401 @ δοῦλος doulos doo'-los From G1210; a slave (literally or figuratively involuntarily or voluntarily; frequently therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency): - bond (-man) servant.


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    Doxa - Glory


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1391'

    G1391 @ δόξα doxa dox'-ah From the base of G1380; glory (as very apparent) in a wide application (literally or figuratively objectively or subjectively): - dignity glory (-ious) honour praise worship.


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    Dunamis - Power


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1433'

    G1433 @ δωρέομαι dōreomai do-reh'-om-ahee Middle voice from G1435; to bestow gratuitously: - give.


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    Eirene Peace


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1515'

    G1515 @ εἰρήνη eirēnē i-rah'-nay Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: - one peace quietness rest + set at one again.

  • GOD OF
  • kjv@1Thessalonians:5:23 @ And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Colossians:3:15 @ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

    kjv@Hebrews:13:20 @ Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

    kjv@Philippians:4:7 @ And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    kjv@Philippians:4:9 @ Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

    kjv@Romans:16:20 @ And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly . The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

  • GOD AUTHOR OF
  • kjv@1Corinthians:14:33 @ For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

  • CHRIST IS OUR
  • kjv@Ephesians:2:14-15 @ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

  • WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST
  • kjv@Romans:5:1 @ Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • FROM GOD/JESUS
  • kjv@1Corinthians:1:3 @ Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@1Thessalonians:1:1 @ Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@1Timothy:1:2 @ Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

    kjv@2Corinthians:1:2 @ Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@2John:1:3 @ Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

    kjv@2Thessalonians:1:2 @ Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@2Timothy:1:2 @ To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

    kjv@Colossians:1:2 @ To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Ephesians:1:2 @ Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Ephesians:6:23 @ Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Galatians:1:3 @ Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

    kjv@Philemon:1:3 @ Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Philippians:1:2 @ Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Revelation:1:4 @ John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is , and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

    kjv@Romans:1:7 @ To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    kjv@Titus:1:4 @ To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

  • WAY OF
  • kjv@Romans:3:17 @ And the way of peace have they not known:

  • KINGDOM IS OF
  • kjv@Romans:14:17 @ For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

  • CHRIST PREACHED
  • kjv@Ephesians:2:17 @ And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

  • GOSPEL
  • kjv@Ephesians:6:15 @ And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    kjv@Romans:10:15 @ And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

  • FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS SOWN IN
  • kjv@James:3:18 @ And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

  • CALLED TO
  • kjv@1Corinthians:7:15 @ But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

  • BOND OF
  • kjv@Ephesians:4:3 @ Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

  • FRUIT OF
  • kjv@Galatians:5:22 @ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

  • SEEK
  • kjv@1Peter:3:11 @ Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

  • FOUND OF HIM IN
  • kjv@2Peter:3:14 @ Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

  • GIVEN
  • kjv@2Thessalonians:3:16 @ Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

    kjv@John:14:27 @ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  • TAKEN
  • kjv@Revelation:6:4 @ And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

  • IN BELEVING
  • kjv@Romans:15:13 @ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

  • BE WITH YOU ALL/THEE
  • kjv@1Peter:5:14 @ Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

    kjv@3John:1:14 @ But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

    kjv@Romans:15:33 @ Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

  • TO BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED
  • kjv@Romans:8:6 @ For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

  • FOLLOW/WALK ACCORDING TO
  • kjv@2Timothy:2:22 @ Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

    kjv@Galatians:6:16 @ And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

    kjv@Hebrews:12:14 @ Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

    kjv@Romans:14:19 @ Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

  • LIVE IN
  • kjv@2Corinthians:13:11 @ Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

  • TO EVERY MAN THAT WORKETH GOOD
  • kjv@Romans:2:10 @ But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

  • AND SAFETY
  • kjv@1Thessalonians:5:3 @ For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child ; and they shall not escape.

  • MULTIPLIED
  • kjv@1Peter:1:2 @ Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

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

    kjv@Jude:1:2 @ Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

  • RECEIVED WITH
  • kjv@Hebrews:11:31 @ By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

  • CONDUCT HIM FORTH
  • kjv@1Corinthians:16:11 @ Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

  • UNPROFITABLE USE
  • kjv@James:2:16 @ And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

  • Melchisedec
  • kjv@Hebrews:7:2 @ To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

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    Epignosis Knowledge


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1922'

    G1922 @ ἐπίγνωσις epignōsis ip-ig'-no-sis From G1921; recognition that is (by implication) full discernment acknowledgement: - (ac-) knowledge (-ing -ment).


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    Epithumia - Lust


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1939'

    G1939 @ ἐπιθυμία epithumia ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence desire lust (after).


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    Escape the Corruption in this World by Lust

    (child thread of FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series begun by RandyP )

    kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ ...having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    We need to add into our present consideration of the world's all consuming corruption and the position or proximity of the "like precious" believer to either contrasting extreme. It would be one thing to say that each believer is a new creature in Christ and has escaped the corruption; he/she is in the corruption but not of the corruption. Yet often we see the observable signs of the same corruption gnawing at their marriages, their addiction recoveries, their angers/rages/hostilities/impulses/compulsions/unforgiveness, sanity overwhelming depressions, etc..

    Is this to mean that they are not new creatures? or does it mean that they have yet to be transformed by the renewing of their mind? not weaned from the milk of the word to the meat of it? Or can it mean both that ultimately in spiritual terms they are indeed new creatures escaped from the world's final corruption and yet in practical daily terms they need to empty out their former selves and get on with the partaking of new?

    Contextual Anchors

    Note: There is an overwhelming amount of scripture needing to be provided here, so where appropriate key foundations have been broken off into digestible pieces. It will become more and more important to keep coming back to these foundations and explore each morsel's greater depth and individual context as they will become the fuel that ignites true spiritual productivity. These pieces then can be used as element specific study/meditation tools.

    1. Corruption in this world


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5356'

    G5356 @ φθορά phthora fthor-ah' From G5351; decay that is ruin (spontaneous or inflicted literally or figuratively): - corruption destroy perish.

    (see: Word study PhthoraCorruption or slidy:PhthoraCorruption )


    2. By Lust


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1939'

    G1939 @ ἐπιθυμία epithumia ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence desire lust (after).

    (see: Word study EpithumiaLust or slidy:EpithumiaLust )


    3. Escape

    Quoted resource: strongs 'G668'

    G668 @ ἀποφεύγω apopheugō ap-of-yoo'-go From G575 and G5343; (figuratively) to escape: - escape.

    Practical Aspects


    1. VirtuousFaith - The carnal mind is at enmity with the true divine nature and expressed will/promise of God; it desires or lusts after something other presumably of/for it's own. This mind has not the faith nor the virtue obtained through the righteousness of God and Savior, nor will it wish to pursue it. No amount of self determination or self imposed virtue is enough to position the carnal into a "like precious" nature until the enmity is fully dealt with and put aside (because it is the self itself that is at main issue).
    2. KnowledgeableVirtue - God is prepared to set the wisdom of mankind to naught; it is as foolish to HIM as the reprobates say HIS wisdom is to them. There is also the plight expected of the simple minded who sought not the fear of the LORD. In many cases it was for cowardly fear of what their simple minded peers would think of a true God fearing man. In many more cases it was the overwhelming fear of the mere concept of death itself that ruled over them rather than the fear of our living God and future keeping them simple. Fear in either direction goes many ways towards the position one will end up durring this coming time of naught. And if there be any room to glory it will be in Christ solely.
    3. TemperateKnowledge - God looked down from heaven and saw the thoughts of man that they were only continually evil/vain. If all man's thoughts are only vain, a thought that is not vain is most unlikely to emerge from any man (all men). How then is a man or woman to find a substantial spiritual answer if the answers that he/she is searching from are nothing more than the vain thoughts of themselves others?
    4. PatientTemperance - Patience is a work of God brought about most often by one's hope-filled and faithfully executed endurance through hardships. Left to his own capacity man typically responds by compulsions of fight or flight else complaint which is not the same as temperance.
    5. GodlyPatience - Most carnal forms of godliness operate as a reward for one having done something right or having kept one's self from doing something wrong, else as an entitlement just for being who one is. If one is having to be patient by this logic it is because one is not being duly recognized for having done or been such (or so it thinks).
    6. BrotherlyGodliness - Carnality tends either to seek it's own advantage in a benevolence or else it's least cost. How that is brotherly or godly defies explanation.
    7. AgapeBrotherliness - "Without charity" it is stated these other religiosites are but "clanging cymbals". The charity most essential to this understanding is the charity of which God shed for us.

    Corruption is not as simple to define as sin or death or false belief, neither can lust be explained as sexual impulse. It can be a difficult to pin point as under estimating the size and scope of a problem, the compartmentalization of your your problems from theirs, the insufficiency of half answers and poor implementations and unsustainable intentions. Corruption might be keeping one's self ignorant of the further need for the meat of God's word or the discomforted rejection of putting God's word further into place. It can be knowing the influence God wishes to have upon your life and yet settling for the commonness of not wanting to stand too far outside of the crowd. Corruption essentially is something/someone being in a state of decay.

    When it comes to our own assorted directions and decisions there are only two ultimate directions to go, one the direction all man has gone and will go, two the direction only God Himself in utter and undeserved mercy can take him. The last thing the natural man desires is to go the direction only God can take him, he is at complete enmity as if born feral abject with the very notion. Yes he wants God to free him from this ultimate death, but no he does not want to be proven anything other than wise by his own power/resource or else utterly rebellious to God's forsaking him anything as wise as he sees himself as being.

    In a very practical and daily sense our decisions follow the same strongly entrenched determining lines; even as believers. We are willing to steal away morsels from the daily scrap heap, but not to enter the house and partake of the masters excellent feast.

    For how long will this self imposed condition be?

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    Eusebeia - Godliness


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2150'

    G2150 @ εὐσέβεια eusebeia yoo-seb'-i-ah From G2152; piety; specifically the gospel scheme: - godliness holiness.

  • MYSTERY OF
  • kjv@1Timothy:3:16 @ And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

  • GIVEN BY DIVINE POWER
  • 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@Acts:3:12 @ And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

  • EXERCISE THYSELF UNTO
  • kjv@1Timothy:4:7-8 @ But refuse profane and old wives fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little : but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

    kjv@1Timothy:6:11 @ But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

    kjv@2Peter:3:11 @ Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

  • FORM OF THAT DENIES POWER THEREOF
  • kjv@2Timothy:3:5 @ Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

  • TRUTH WHICH IS AFTER
  • kjv@Titus:1:1 @ Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of Gods elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

  • DOCTRINE ACCORDING TO
  • kjv@1Timothy:6:3 @ If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

  • IS GAIN?
  • kjv@1Timothy:6:5 @ Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

    kjv@1Timothy:6:6 @ But godliness with contentment is great gain.

  • DILIGENTLY ADDED TO
  • kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    kjv@2Peter:1:7 @ And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

  • A PETITION FOR ALL AUTHORITY THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN
  • kjv@1Timothy:2:2 @ For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

    Comment Board:EusebeiaGodliness

    Further Resources:
    dict:all Godliness




    Gnosis - Knowledge


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G1108'

    G1108 @ γνῶσις gnōsis gno'-sis From G1097; knowing (the act) that is (by implication) knowledge: - knowledge science.


  • THE GOD OF
  • kjv@Romans:15:5 @ Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

  • OF THE SCRIPTURES
  • kjv@Romans:15:4 @ For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

  • OF CHRIST
  • kjv@Revelation:3:10 @ Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

  • OF JOB
  • kjv@James:5:11 @ Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

  • OF SAINTS
  • kjv@Revelation:13:10 @ He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

    kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

  • KNOWN BY CHRIST
  • kjv@Revelation:2:2-3 @ I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my names sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

    kjv@Revelation:2:19 @ I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

  • WAITING FOR CHRIST
  • kjv@2Thessalonians:3:5 @ And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

    kjv@Revelation:1:9 @ I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

  • AS ENDURING
  • kjv@2Corinthians:1:6 @ And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

    kjv@2Thessalonians:1:4 @ So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

    kjv@James:1:3 @ Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

    kjv@James:5:11 @ Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

    kjv@Romans:5:3 @ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

    kjv@Romans:8:25 @ But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

  • IN KEEPING COMMANDMENTS/FAITH OF JESUS
  • kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

  • WORK OF
  • kjv@1Thessalonians:1:3 @ Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

    kjv@James:1:4 @ But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing .

    kjv@Romans:2:7 @ To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

    kjv@Romans:5:4 @ And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

  • HAVING NEED OF
  • kjv@Hebrews:10:36 @ For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

  • FOLLOWED AFTER
  • kjv@1Timothy:6:11 @ But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

  • STRENGTHENED UNTO ALL
  • kjv@Colossians:1:11 @ Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

  • LETS US RUN WITH
  • kjv@Hebrews:12:1 @ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

    kjv@Luke:21:19 @ In your patience possess ye your souls.

  • APPROVING OURSELVES IN
  • kjv@2Corinthians:6:4 @ But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

  • SIGN OF AN APOSTLE
  • kjv@2Corinthians:12:12 @ Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

    kjv@2Timothy:3:10 @ But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

  • ADDED TO BY GODLINESS
  • kjv@2Peter:1:6 @ And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

  • BE SOUND IN
  • kjv@Titus:2:2 @ That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

    Comment Board:HupomonePatience

    Further Resources:
    dict:all Patience




    Kaleo - Calling


    Quoted resource: strongs '2564'

  • UNTO FELLOWSHIP OF CHRIST
  • kjv@1Corinthians:1:9 @ God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • INTO GRACE OF CHRIST
  • kjv@Galatians:1:6 @ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

  • BY HIS GRACE
  • kjv@Galatians:1:15 @ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mothers womb, and called me by his grace,

  • UNTO PEACE
  • kjv@1Corinthians:7:15 @ But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

  • UNTO HOLINESS
  • kjv@1Thessalonians:4:7 @ For God hathnot called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

  • UNTO ETERNAL LIFE
  • kjv@1Timothy:6:12 @ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou artalso called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

  • UNTO ETERNAL GLORY
  • kjv@1Peter:5:10 @ But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

  • UNTO MARRAIGE SUPPER OF LAMB
  • kjv@Revelation:19:9 @ And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

  • UNTO LIBERTY
  • kjv@Galatians:5:13 @ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

  • TO GLORY/VIRTUE
  • 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@2Thessalonians:2:14 @ Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • OF PREDESTINED/ELECTED
  • kjv@Romans:8:30 @ Moreover whom he did predestinate, them healso called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

    kjv@Romans:9:11 @ (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

  • AS SONS OF GOD
  • kjv@1John:3:1 @ Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

    kjv@Hebrews:2:11 @ For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

    kjv@Romans:9:26 @ And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

  • TO ETERNAL INHERITANCE
  • kjv@Hebrews:9:15 @ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

  • LET HIM WALK AS
  • kjv@1Corinthians:7:18 @ But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. Isany man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Isany called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.

    kjv@1Corinthians:7:20-22 @ Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lords freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christs servant.

    kjv@1Corinthians:7:24 @ Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

  • HE THAT CALLED IS HOLY
  • kjv@1Peter:1:15 @ But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

  • FAITHFUL IS HE THAT CALLED
  • kjv@1Thessalonians:5:24 @ Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

  • OUT OF DARKNESS
  • kjv@1Peter:2:9 @ But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

  • TO FOLLOW HIS STEPS
  • kjv@1Peter:2:21 @ For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

  • TO INHERIT BLESSING
  • kjv@1Peter:3:9 @ Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye arethereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

    kjv@1Thessalonians:2:12 @ That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

  • IN ONE BODY
  • kjv@Colossians:3:15 @ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

    kjv@Ephesians:4:4 @ There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

  • JEW AND GENTILE
  • kjv@Romans:9:24 @ Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

    kjv@Romans:9:25 @ As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

  • NOT DESERVED
  • kjv@1Corinthians:15:9 @ For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

  • NOT BY WORKS
  • kjv@2Timothy:1:9 @ Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began ,

    kjv@Hebrews:5:4 @ And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

  • WALK WORTHY OF VOCATION WHEREWITH
  • kjv@Ephesians:4:1 @ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

  • IN ISAAC
  • kjv@Hebrews:11:18 @ Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shallthy seed be called:

    kjv@Romans:9:7 @ Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shallthy seed be called.

    Comment Board:KaleoCalling

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    Phthora Corruption


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G5356'

    G5356 @ φθορά phthora fthor-ah' From G5351; decay that is ruin (spontaneous or inflicted literally or figuratively): - corruption destroy perish.


    Comment Board:PhthoraCorruption

    Further Resources:
    dict:all corruption dict:all destruction




    Pistis - Faith


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G4102'

    G4102 @ πίστις pistis pis'-tis From G3982; persuasion that is credence; moral conviction (of religious truth or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher) especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance belief believe faith fidelity.

    strkjv@STRING:G4102


    3. It has tremendous impact/effect


    Comment Board:PistisFaith

    Further Resources:
    dict:all Faith




    Zoe - Life


    Quoted resource: strongs 'G2222'

    G2222 @ ζωή zōē dzo-ay' From G2198; life (literally or figuratively): - life (-time). Compare G5590.

  • WORD OF
  • kjv@1John:1:1-2 @ That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

    kjv@Philippians:2:16 @ Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

  • IS CHRIST
  • kjv@Colossians:3:4 @ When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    kjv@Hebrews:7:3 @ Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually .

  • ETERNAL
  • kjv@1John:2:25 @ And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

    kjv@1John:3:14-15 @ We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

    kjv@1John:5:20 @ And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

    kjv@1Timothy:6:19 @ Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

    kjv@Hebrews:7:16 @ Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

  • MORTALITY SWALLOWED BY
  • kjv@2Corinthians:5:4 @ For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

    kjv@2Timothy:1:10 @ But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

  • THIS ETERNAL LIFE IN/BY/THROUGH SON
  • kjv@1John:5:12 @ And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    kjv@1John:5:13 @ These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

    kjv@Romans:5:10 @ For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    kjv@Romans:5:17 @ For if by one mans offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

    kjv@Romans:5:21 @ That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

    kjv@Romans:6:23 @ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    kjv@Romans:8:2 @ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

  • BELIEVE ON CHRIST TO EVERLATING
  • kjv@1Timothy:1:16 @ Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

    kjv@Jude:1:21 @ Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

    kjv@Romans:8:10 @ And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

  • IF CHRIST NOT RAISED WE ARE MISERABLE
  • kjv@1Corinthians:15:19 @ If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

    kjv@Romans:6:4 @ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    kjv@Romans:7:10 @ And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

  • OF JESUS MIGHT BE MANIFEST IN US
  • kjv@2Corinthians:4:10-11 @ Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

    kjv@Philippians:1:20 @ According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

  • WHO IS SUFFICIENT?
  • kjv@2Corinthians:2:16 @ To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

  • PROMISE OF NOW AND TO COME
  • kjv@1Timothy:4:8 @ For bodily exercise profiteth little : but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

    kjv@Romans:11:15 @ For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

    kjv@2Timothy:1:1 @ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

    kjv@James:1:12 @ Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried , he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

    kjv@Titus:1:2 @ In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

  • ASKED FOR/GIVEN
  • kjv@1John:5:16 @ If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

    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:

  • ALL THINGS YOURS AND YE ARE CHRIST'S
  • kjv@1Corinthians:3:22 @ Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

  • UNTO CALLED
  • kjv@1Timothy:6:12 @ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

  • WORKETH IN YOU
  • kjv@2Corinthians:4:12 @ So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

    kjv@Romans:6:22 @ But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

  • HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD
  • kjv@Colossians:3:3 @ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

  • HEIRS/GRACE OF
  • kjv@1Peter:3:7 @ Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

    kjv@Titus:3:7 @ That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

  • LOVE OF
  • kjv@1Peter:3:10 @ For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

  • TO BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED
  • kjv@Romans:8:6 @ For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

  • SOWN TO/REAP
  • kjv@Galatians:6:8 @ For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

    kjv@Romans:2:7 @ To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

  • FAITHFUL UNTO THE END GIVEN CROWN OF
  • kjv@Revelation:2:10 @ Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

  • BEING ALIENATED FROM THROUGH IGNORANCE
  • kjv@Ephesians:4:18 @ Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

  • OURS IS AS VAPOR
  • kjv@James:4:14 @ Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

  • CANNOT SEPERATE US FROM LOVE OF CHRIST
  • kjv@Romans:8:38 @ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

  • BOOK OF
  • kjv@Philippians:4:3 @ And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

    kjv@Revelation:3:5 @ He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

    kjv@Revelation:13:8 @ And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

    kjv@Revelation:17:8 @ The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world when they behold the beast that was , and is not, and yet is.

    kjv@Revelation:20:12 @ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

    kjv@Revelation:20:15 @ And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

    kjv@Revelation:21:27 @ And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lambs book of life.

    kjv@Revelation:22:19 @ And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

  • TREE OF
  • kjv@Revelation:2:7 @ He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

    kjv@Revelation:22:2 @ In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

    kjv@Revelation:22:14 @ Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

  • SPIRIT OF
  • kjv@Revelation:11:11 @ And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

  • WATER OF
  • kjv@Revelation:21:6 @ And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

    kjv@Revelation:22:1 @ And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

    kjv@Revelation:22:17 @ And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

  • JUSTIFICATION OF
  • kjv@Romans:5:18 @ Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

    Comment Board:ZoeLife

    Further Resources:
    dict:all Life



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