2 Peter 1:10 – On account of this, brethren, instead be diligent to make your calling and election sure; for doing these things, you shall never stumble.
Part 1 ~ Diligently Seeking God and His Ways
Peter’s understanding of our calling and election by God could not be spelled out more clearly than in this Scripture. Certainly, there would have been no other apostle who would have understood the grace and election of God better than Peter (1 Peter 1:2, 2:9; Acts 2:39). Here, he reveals the response each individual must have to the election of God: a willing and obedient heart – one that does not take for granted what God has done for us; but just the opposite – one that seizes the opportunity, and counts the riches of God as more valuable than all other things!
The riches of His grace that have been given to us in this “so great a salvation” cannot be neglected; but rather diligently attended to (Hebrews 2:3, 6:11, 11:6). If we give ourselves to continually living in the conduct and behavior listed in 2 Peter 1:5-9, then confirmation and security is supplied to us through the work of grace.
We live in a day where wickedness is more prevalent and more endorsed – yes, even encouraged by society – than ever before. Everywhere we turn, there are those things that would draw us away from the faith, virtue, and godliness Peter refers to. Therefore, all the more, we must give ourselves to the holiness that Peter preached in his first Epistle, and the fear and holy conversation he will conclude with in this Epistle (1 Peter 1:15-16, 2:5,9; 2 Peter 3:11; Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 22:11). If we should so give our hearts and minds to these things that please our Heavenly Father, then we can be certain He will provide us with the supernatural strength and divine power of godliness to never stumble – much less fall (Jude 1:24; Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 1:22; Philippians 2:13).
Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen