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8 Keys to Godly Living-#2 Virtue

8 Keys to a Godly Life-#2 Virtue (moral excellence)

2 Peter 1:2-4

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of GOD, and of Jesus our Lord, 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: 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).


May GOD give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of GOD and Jesus our Lord. By HIS divine power, GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (NLT).


Peter’s prayer is written, “To you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our GOD and Savior” (NLT). Verse 1.

This prayer is written to us. You and me. He prayed that grace and peace be multiplied to us in a world of confusion, pain, struggle, heartache, and the list can go on. He prayed for us to have unmerited favor; that GOD would smile upon us and treat us a little different from the rest of the world. He prayed that GOD would treat us special. Peter also prayed for us to have peace; that sense of calmness which comes from releasing burdens and somehow knowing that everything is going to be ok.


He goes on to say that GOD has given us everything we need to live a godly life. This means that everything we need to obey GOD is already inside of us. We need look no further. We know how to listen. We know how to obey. We know how to perceive right from wrong. We know this because we have come to know GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have come to know the things they like and don’t like; what pleases them and does not please them, and what makes them smile or brings them grief.


Peter reminds us that GOD has also bestowed great and precious promises upon us, and it is these promises that allow us to be godlike, to share GOD’s nature, and by doing so we can escape the traps of sin and lust caused by our own desires. If we are honest, we do what we know we should not because we want to. It feels good to us. It is that nature, the sin nature, the flesh nature, that living a godly life saves us from. The sin nature will get us killed. Living a godly life brings us eternal life. Even if we die, we live again. Oh, and we also have more blessings than we know how to handle in this life as well. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came that we may live the abundant life!


See, we are living a dual existence. One life we live is in this body of flesh, but the other life is lived through our spirit. Paul captured it best when he said in Romans 7:24, “Thank GOD! The answer is in Jesus Christ our LORD. So, you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”


Paul continues in Romans 8:1-2, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”


The power of the Holy Spirit has freed us from the power of sin. We just have to choose to let the Spirit lead us daily. We must choose the divine nature over our human desires. It is the promised Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth, and one truth is that we can access the divine in us anytime we choose.


We are given eight keys to living a godly life. Eight keys that will help us to access the divine nature all of the time. Eight keys that will keep our minds stayed on Jesus and off of those unhealthy human desires which lead to death, destruction, pain, and suffering. So, Peter continues...

And beside this giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue…. (KJV).

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to GOD’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence…(NLT).


Key 2-VIRTUE (moral excellence)

Greek word-arete

Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-703

Meaning- moral goodness, excellence, virtue.


We all know right from wrong. Peter is telling us that if we want to not only live a godly life, but to also be productive as a believer, we must do what we know is right and leave those things alone that we know are wrong.


James 4:17, Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it (NLT).

Being a believer is about obedience; obedience to the will of GOD and nothing else. We have to remember that we are on this planet for a purpose, and that purpose is not to do what we want to do. Our purpose has always been to tend and watch over the earth (Genesis 2:15); to exercise dominion and spread the knowledge of the kingdom of GOD.


Confirming this, the gospel of Matthew 10:7-8 says, “Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven in near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received” (NLT)! This is an example of believers exercising dominion and spreading the word about the Kingdom of Heaven.


We have this same authority today. When Jesus speaks, we are to move. No matter what He tells us to do, if He told us to do it then we have the ability to carry out His commands. But, in order to hear from GOD, we have to be free from sin. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 reminds us, “Now the Holy Spirit tells you clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead” (NLT). Without a conscience, you are unable to hear anything from GOD. Practicing virtue will keep us on the right path of doing GOD’s will over our own and steering clear of sin so that we can always hear what the LORD is saying.

So, let us use the second key and unlock the door to living a godly life through living a life of virtue (moral excellence).


WHY DO IT?

2 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

If we call ourselves believers or Christians, we should be believers or Christians. We should look and act like it; otherwise what is the point of choosing to live this lifestyle? According to Peter, if we use these eight keys, we will have more than just head knowledge about Jesus. We will actually produce fruit that lasts. We are also reminded that if we do not exercise these eight keys, and live a productive and useful Christian life, we are acting like people who have not been cleansed of our old way of life; meaning, there is no difference between who we were before we were saved and who we became after. If there is not a noticeable difference between who you used to be and who you are after meeting Jesus, there is a problem. Peter says that this type of person is blind. They cannot see that they have been saved. He also calls them forgetful. They do not remember that the precious blood of Christ washed away their sins and allowed them to have a relationship with a holy GOD.


So, why do it?

· Growth and development as a person and believer

· Being a productive and useful person in the body of Christ

· To avoid being a Christian in name only, but actually living the life of a follower of Jesus






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