Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Precious Faith II Peter 1:1

February 4 Precious Faith   II Peter 1:1

2 Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle
of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like
precious faith with us through the righteousness
of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Faith is the gift of God. It is the fruit of everlasting love, the effect of grace; we believe through grace.

The faith which is the evidence of salvation, includes giving credit to the gospel report, of a free and full salvation for poor unworthy sinners; on application to Jesus on the throne of grace,
founded on that report; and a trusting in the word, work, and death of Jesus, for life and salvation.

This always produces love to Jesus, and leads the soul to obey Him out of gratitude.

It is precious; being scarce, few thus believe; being valuable, without it we cannot please God, cannot be justified, cannot rejoice in hope, or enjoy the gospel blessings; but he that believeth it entitled to every precious promise, to all the fulness of Christ, to enjoy God in every new covenant relation, and show never see death.

He passed from death to life, and shall never come in the condemnation.

Gracious God! give unto thy people, and unto me especially, much precious faith, that believing in Jesus, I may rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Oh, to believe this day without wavering! Oh, to be strong in faith, giving glory to God!

Oh, for a strong, a lasting faith,
To credit what th’ Almighty saith!
To embrace the message of His Son,
And call the joys of heav’n our own.

James Smith

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