After finishing 1 Peter in our SG (The Well), we agreed that 2 Peter should be a natural closure in these two book studies.
So off we dived into 2 Peter 1 and one of the key questions asked was, “Are you an authentic Christian?”
In 2 Peter 1:10-11, we were challenged by Peter, the writer, “… be all the more diligent to authenticate your calling and election; for by doing these things you will never be lost. The entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ will be made wide open for you”.
We thank God for saving us from damnation and promising us eternal life if we would confess our sins and acknowledge His Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Saviour. Having received Jesus as our Saviour, we must give diligence to build up a Christ-Like character and thereby demonstrate the traits of an authentic Christian.
Let me just share a few thoughts amongst many found within 2 Peter 1:1-11.
We are exhorted to “give all your effort” to walk with our Saviour. We are to rely and look to Christ and rely upon Him to supply us with His divine resources and to produce the fruit of discipleship. This is the kind of Christian life we are to pursue and develop. The virtue of moral excellence, the knowledge of God and His ways are to be added to our faith as part of the relationship with God.
Not only do we need to know the truth, we are also to develop behaviour and lifestyle that are in line with God’s truth. Perseverance and self-control will produce hardship as we combat the world of sin (Hebrews 6:12 “We do not want you to be lax, but to imitate those who through faith and perseverance inherit what has been promised.” ).
The opposite of a genuine walk and relationship with the Lord will be a life that is barren and meaningless, just like a dry, lifeless branch on a vine. Let us be prayerful and seek the Lord’s guidance and help so that our relationship with God is one that is genuine, holy and wholesome.
To work towards becoming an authentic Christian can only be done upon God’s resources. Our own efforts will definitely fail as we are not yet perfect in Christ. Because of the omnipotence of God, He has provided for us all that we need in our endeavour to walk in Christ. The promise of the Holy Spirit in John 16 is that God will provide counsel, the comfort for us to conviction, to defend and to carry out God’s work of redemption in us. With God’s divine resources, we are encouraged to “authenticate our calling and election” and that is to make use of divine resources in the building of a Christian life. And as we journey in our relationship with Jesus, our Saviour, we have the full assurance from scriptures that God will help in developing and cultivating our spiritual growth and health! What is required is a heart of obedience and willing ears to listen attentively, when He whispers to us!