THE EPISTLES AND ITS INSTRUCTIONS (PART 3)

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“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”
James 1:22

For a couple of days, we’ve been learning from the word of God, and especially the epistles, regarding the instructions the believer is to imbibe.

We’ll be continuing along the same lines today. We’ll be zooming in on the nature the believer has received and how that nature influences his conduct.

2 Peter 1:5-7  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

This instruction by Apostle Peter is a crucial one to the believer.

Apostle Peter informs the believer of his nature and then his ability at the same time. A minister once said that when God tells you to do something, He is informing you that he has enabled you.

The word “add” is from the greek ‘epichorēgeō’ which means to sponsor, to supply, to contribute.

Hence, the believer is charged with the responsibility `of supplying what already dwells in him. That’s the believer’s reality.

Apostle Paul communicates something very similar to the church at Galatia. He expresses some concern about a walk in the Spirit and a walk in the flesh.

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

He goes further to tell them what fruits are borne for the man with a consistent walk in the Spirit.

Gal 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

This means the believer is not one to say “I can not love this person, I’m not a patient person, I’m hot-tempered”. No! The believer is the one who supplies the godly virtues that dwell in him.

See what God has done in you and only say words that are consistent with His ability in you.
This is how we renew our minds and refuse to conform to this world.

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