2 Peter 1:8
“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In 2 Peter 1:4-7, God commands you to add to your faith several things. He says that you should add to your faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. One thing you will notice about what God commands you to add to your faith is that He didn’t give you a choice to pick and choose what to add to your faith, but He commands you to add all of these things to your faith. Now, if God commands you to add these things to your faith, He also gives you the wherewithal to add them. In other words, each of these things that should be added to your faith is a choice you make and are accomplished only through the help of the Holy Spirit. However, what is the value of adding these things to your faith? God shows us five benefits of adding these things to your faith will do for you.
First, these things will cause you to abound. In other words, you cannot add these things to your faith if you plan on adding them for the purpose of having them as a personal possession. You add these things to your faith by doing these things for others. The word “abound” means to overflow. In other words, the purpose of these things is to overflow on others. You will find that adding these things to your faith will not be difficult when you do them for the purpose of helping others.
Second, these things will cause you to be fruitful. This is one of the obvious reasons why God commands you to add these things to your faith. God’s Word commands the believer to be fruitful, so God shows you how to be fruitful, and that is by adding these things to your faith. Being fruitful is not difficult; it is done by adding these things to your faith by helping others in these areas. The more you help others in these areas, the more they will be stronger and fruitful themselves, which in return will cause you to be fruitful.
Third, these things will help you to have discernment. Verse 9 says, “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off…” Discernment is having the ability to see at a distance. These things help your decision-making. You will find that the more you help others in these areas, the more God will open your eyes to see afar off. You will never have discernment when your eyes are focused on yourself. God develops your discernment by helping others.
Fourth, these things will keep you from falling. Verse 10 says, “…for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” You will notice that verse 8 says talks about these things being “in you,” but verse 10 talks about doing these things. In other words, the way to have these things in you is by doing them, and by doing them, you assure yourself that you won’t fall. When God talks about never falling, He is saying that you will never fall in sin or away from the truth. It is critical to your future that you add these things so that you serve the LORD until you die without changing or falling in sin.
Fifth, these things will establish you in the faith. Verse 12 shows that you will “…be established in the present truth…” by a constant reminder of these things. “Established” means to be permanently fixed or settled. In other words, you will find that once you do these things that you will never waver in what you believe because these things will resolve your mind in what you believe.