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An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 14

14. Though they which are once really engrafted into Christ, shall certainly be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation; I Pet. 1:5; yet ought they to beware, lest being led away with the error of the wicked, they fall from their own steadfastness; 2 Pet. 3:17. They ought therefore to seek continual support from God. Yea they ought to seek at God’s hand (in prayer, and in the right use and study of His Word, and in the right use of His Ordinances) not only continuance, but also growth in grace; 2 Pet. 3:18; First, because this is God’s Command. Secondly, because God Who will establish them, will do it in this way; viz: giving them grace to be obedient to this His Command, and blessing them in this obedience.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

Growth in Grace 18—-Summary Applications

March 10, 2015 1 comment

In this series I have been writing about what I called the Bible’s most systematic and detailed call to growth in grace. It is found in 2 Peter 1:5-7, “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” In this blog it is my purpose to set before you first a summary illustration and then five summary applications of these verses.

I. Summary Illustration

I remember being quite bothered by this passage when I first began to study it. Here is why. I have told you a number of times especially early on in this series that it cannot and does not teach the building block or lego-block view of sanctification and growth in grace. Now I have had to say that because at first hearing the passages may sound like that to many people. Are we not to add or supply these graces to one another? This sounds like laying one brick of sanctification on top of another. Now we know that this building block view of growth in grace is wrong. Let me give you two good reasons for this.

 

 

 

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Growth in Grace 17–Brotherly Kindness Must Be Supplied with Love 2

March 3, 2015 1 comment

We are considering 2 Peter 1:7 and its teaching that brotherly kindness (or love) must be supplied with love. In expounding this text I am answering three questions.

I. What is this love?
II. Why must brotherly kindness be supplied with it?
III. Why is this love the last virtue mentioned and in no need of being supplied with another virtue?

 

 

 

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Growth in Grace 16– Brotherly Kindness Must Be Supplied with Love

February 24, 2015 1 comment

The old popular song, you know who sang it, goes like this: “All you need is love, All you need is love, All you need is love, love, Love is all you need.” Sadly, the generation which grew up with these lyrics has shown that it actually understands so little about love. This alone should attract our intention to what the Bible teaches about this whole matter of love. This especially is true because in the passage which we have been studying two kinds of love are contrasted. Please consider 2 Peter 1:7 and its teaching that brotherly kindness (or love) must be supplied with love. In expounding this text I want to ask, answer, and apply three questions. The three questions are …

I. What is this love?
II. Why must brotherly kindness be supplied with it?
III. Why is this love the last virtue mentioned and in no need of being supplied with another virtue?

 

 

 

 

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Growth in Grace 15 — Brotherly Kindness Must Be Supplied into Godliness 2

February 17, 2015 2 comments

2 Peter 1:7 commands, “and in your godliness, (supply) brotherly kindness.” My outline is similar to that of previous posts on this passage. We have considered: The Virtue Viewed.

Now consider The Connection Clarified.

Again and again we have observed that there is a reason for the careful order that Peter observes in his list as he tells to supply one grace after another in the previously mentioned grace. Why does brotherly kindness follow godliness? And why is it precisely godliness into which brotherly kindness must be supplied?

John Brown proposes that the connection between godliness and brotherly kindness is that brotherly kindness grows out of godliness. He says:

“There can be no brotherly kindness where there is no godliness. It is by God’s becoming our spiritual Father that we become spiritual brethren. While I am ungodly, godly men are not my brethren; I am of my father the devil, and his children are my brethren. It is by becoming godly that I am brought into God’s family…”

 

 

 

 

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Growth in Grace 14 — Brotherly Kindness Must Be Supplied into Godliness

February 10, 2015 1 comment

One of the most important and practical questions that any Christian can face is: How can I know if I am a Christian? There is a kind of spiritual instinct by which any one in earnest about his soul is intensely interested in such a question. In our study of growth in grace, we come to consider a virtue that is of great help in answering the question: How can I know if I am a Christian? 2 Peter 1:7 commands, “and in your godliness, (supply) brotherly kindness.” My outline is similar to that of previous posts on this passage. We will consider:

I. The Virtue Viewed
II. The Connection Clarified
III. The Distinction Displayed

 

 

 

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Growth in Grace 13 — Perseverance Must Be Supplied with Godliness 2

February 3, 2015 1 comment

The danger of Satanic counterfeiting that was in the back of Peter’s mind when he penned the passage which has occupied this blog for the last few weeks, 2 Peter 1:5-7. In this post we continue to consider the phrase in verse 6, and (supply) in your perseverance godliness. I am opening up this phrase with me under three headings:

I. The Virtue Viewed
II. The Connection Clarified
III. The Lessons Learned

Having seen that godliness is according to the Bible (to use Louw and Nida’s helpful definition): behaviour reflecting correct religious beliefs and attitudes – ‘piety, godliness.’ In this post we consider…

 

 

 

 

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