Daily Bread - March 26, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:28
2 Peter 1:5 - And this is it also, bringing in all diligence, you supply in
the faith virtue; and with the virtue, the knowledge.

The practical application of obedience is being highlighted by Peter. The
divine nature has empowered men with the nature of Jesus, so that we can
behave ourselves accordingly. The message Peter is bringing is one of
coming to a correct knowledge and spiritual maturity. If obedience is not
the result of our encounter with the Divine Power, then we have failed to
understand why Christ Jesus died and rose again. The Greek word translated
"diligence", (spoude) denotes 'urgency'; this word may be rendered 'haste',
and when used with with 'pasan', the urgency is even more resounding, as in
"all haste".

Then, the Greek phrase 'en te pistei' ("in the faith" or "by the faith"),
takes this activity way beyond both the Law and human discipline. "In the
faith" is not to be understood as "in religion", or some other concept of
religious conviction. Faith is much more than these things. It is the
activity of the supernatural and divine working of God's grace. Faith is
how God created everything! Faith is how the mouths of lions were shut and
how the violence of fire was quenched (Hebrews 11). Faith is how every
miracle Jesus worked by the Spirit took place (Acts 3:16; Galatians 3:5).
Faith is always equated to the miracles that Jesus did throughout the
Gospels (Matthew 8:10, 26; 9:2, 22, 29; and 14:31, 15:28, 17:20, 21:21;
also: Mark 11:22; Luke 17:5,19, 18:42)

The miracles which were done by those who believed on Jesus were done by
the activity of faith (Acts 3:16, 6:8, 14:9; Galatians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians
1:11; and James 5:15; Jude 20-24). These attributes of God's nature and
God's people are to be supplied by faith, not by human discipline.
Therefore, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly
kindness, and love will be supplied through the faith realm.

The Greek phrase 'en te pistei' is found 4 times in the New Testament as
such it is in the dative form and translated "in the faith" in every case
except 2 Peter 1:5 in the Authorized Version (1 Corinthians 16:13; 2
Corinthians 13:5; Titus 1:13; 2 Peter 1:5).
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