Only one chapter today!
Did you notice that Peter says twice in this one chapter, “Make every effort..” (verses 5&10)?
I found that odd since I know that my salvation is a free gift and I can do nothing to earn it. (Eph 2:8)…..so why is Peter stressing “effort’?
Well, when I read, “make every effort to confirm your calling and election”, I think of when Paul said, “Examine yourself, to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves." (2 Cor. 13:5) he follows that with, “If Jesus lives in you" than “we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth." (2 Cor. 13:8)
I also think of the verse, “Don't be deceived: God can not be mocked” (Gal 6:7) and “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.” (James 1:6)
Peter, Paul and James wrote to groups of people who were comprised of true believers and people who were fooling themselves thinking they were believers, but had not "died to themselves” (Matt. 16:24) to be raised with Christ (Col 3:1).
That mix of people is true for any group. Even congregations today, that you can walk into on any given Sunday, are comprised of a mix of people.
So, Peter is telling his group of people, and it goes for us as well, examine yourself, make every effort to be true to yourself. Don’t deceive yourself, because there is NO deceiving God!
So, how does one make “every effort” to be true to oneself? Peter gives a litmus test…do the things listed in 1:5-7 come naturally as a result of “His divine power" in you? He has given you “everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him.” (1:3). Growing and adding to your faith the attributes Peter listed are the outward signs that Christ is doing the work in you. That's faith in action!
Peter’s point is, make every effort to be real with yourself- are at the starting point with the “faith”? Be honest with your self!
If Jesus lives in you, you can do nothing against the truth but only for the truth.