…through the Knowledge of Him. It is up to you to gain knowledge of how to receive. Where do we get the knowledge from? God’s Word!
(2 Pet 1:5 NIV) “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;“
1. Add to your faith what? Notice faith is the foundation: Where did we get faith? Back in Verse 1
(2 Pet 1:1 NIV) “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:”
We start building on that foundation. Faith Is the foundation
2. Faith Always Works in Combination with Something.
a. (Gal 5:6 NIV) “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.“
Love is the qualification, the Legal Right to use the Power of faith in the spiritual realm. It is the protection God puts on faith to ensure it functions according to His Character.
b. (Rom 4:18 NIV) “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.“”
Hope gives faith a goal, a purpose to function.
(Heb 6:12 NIV) “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been Promised.”
Patience works through faith to complete the goal. It keeps faith from stalling in the natural realm.
We are traveling on a spiritual journey in The Kingdom of God. The Word of God (the Bible) is our map. Faith is our car. Love is the key, patience is the accelerator pedal, and hope is the destination. The map (Word) teaches us the way to our destination (hope), and without it we would not know the way. Hope is our destination; it is our reason for getting in the car. Without hope, faith has no place to go, no purpose. Our transportation is faith, the car that carries us along the road. This is what gets us to the destination. In order to start the car, we must use the key. We only have the key to the car if we have the Legal Right to use the car. Without the key, we are stealing the car! The key to the car (faith) is Love. Without The Love of God, we are not qualified to use faith. Once we start the car, we must continue to push the gas pedal to travel down the road, which is patience. If we remove our foot from the pedal, the car will stop. Faith used with patience is the only way to complete the journey.