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The first chapter of 2 Peter mentions gifts Christ has provided for believers. What are...

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cmuntz | Salutatorian

Posted May 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM via web

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The first chapter of 2 Peter mentions gifts Christ has provided for believers. What are these gifts?

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portd | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM (Answer #1)

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In the first chapter of 2 Peter in the New Testament section of the Bible, the apostle Peter mentions diverse promises, which may be the "gifts" that the questioner is referring to. Jesus Christ has given these promises to true believers. Peter mentions that ,

"His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness," (New King James Version)

These gifts/promises are: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (NKJV).

As indicated elsewhere in the Bible, the greatest gift is "Love". The apostle Peter conveys the message that if true believers embrace and abound in these gifts/promises, they will grow and bear good fruit as overcoming Christians. Peter further indicates that if believers develop these gifts they "will never stumble".

The message in the Bible is that we cannot overcome and grow as Christians by our own power. We must have faith in God and Jesus Christ, and have the faith  "of Jesus Christ" in us as well. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit will help us overcome and fight the good fight.

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