Precious Faith!

In 2 Peter 1:2, the apostle says that he is writing “to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.”

Your faith IS precious. By faith, we are allowed to share in God’s precious promises. 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Through these (God’s power, glory, and goodness, v. 3) he has given us his very great and precious promises.”

What are those promises? There are so many! Where does one start? Our sins are forgiven, we have hope of life eternal, we’ve been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, we’ve been reconciled to God, we have strength, immortality, the privilege of being part of His new creation, and the greatest promise of all: participation in the divine nature. By our faith, we can be children of God and true reflections of our Father in heaven.

Our faith is very precious! Precious because of what it saves us from and because of what it cost God. What does our faith save us from? Peter goes on to say in verse 4 that through God’s promises, we have escaped the corruption of the world! We are no longer held captive by evil desires.

Do you feel like you’ve escaped from anything—that at one point in your life you were held in captivity to worldly corruption? And now you’re free? Many people never have an understanding of this great blessing. If we don’t understand the bondage we were in because of sin, we’ll never be able to appreciate the freedom we have in Christ.

Jesus is not some secret compartment in our lives. Jesus IS our life! He is everything to us–our all in all.

This is a big problem both in the world and in the church. We can’t see how sin imprisons us! We were in bondage to sin and the consequences of sin, namely death. Jesus death and resurrection freed us from that bondage! For too many people, Christianity is simply another compartment in their lives, like we have a compartment for school or work, a compartment for PTA or bridge club or exercise class. A lot of people see Jesus and the church as things that make them better, more well-rounded people. They are members of the “Jesus Club” just as they are members of the Chamber of Commerce or the Book of the Month. They say, “Sure, I go to church on Sundays… unless there’s something else I want to do.”

But when Peter talks about precious faith, he’s not talking about Jesus as a secret compartment in my life. He wants me to see Jesus as my life. Jesus should be everything to me! Because of Jesus, I have escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires! My faith in Him has set me free! Paul writes that, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

Because of Jesus, we are no longer in bondage to sin and death. That’s what He has saved us from! We no longer live in insecurity and fear. We’re no longer eaten up with worry, anxiety, bitterness, and resentment. We are saved by the blood of Jesus and we’ve been raised to a new life in Him.

And what did it cost God to supply us with an opportunity for such a precious faith? The apostle answers that one in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ.”

Precious faith purchased with the precious blood of Jesus, by which we have gained access to God’s precious promises.

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Jim Hays

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