"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: May 21

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith ..." ~ 2 Peter 1:5a
We are to begin to partake of the life of God within us. We can see how to do this only through knowledge of God Himself. We can only know God by knowing Jesus Christ. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent."

The small "blue stone" at the top of this page reflected a long, bright shaft of new light for my [Eugenia Price, the author's] friend, Ellen Riley, only yesterday morning, as I write these pages. In her own devotions, she was reading the first chapter of 2 Peter. For a long time I had almost seen into verses 5 through 7, but the most I had seen so far was that here was an excellent list of moral choices which we have to make before we can know victorious Christian living. However, Ellen was shown the key. I hadn't gone far enough. The key is in verse 9. We shall share that "blue stone" tomorrow. May I urge that you read and reread the first nine verses of the first chapter of 2 Peter during these four days of sharing among them?

And for today, we look at this one small fragmentary "blue stone" above in order to see once more that faith has been given to us already. Now we have a part to perform. We will be able to perform it once we begin to gain a knowledge of what Jesus Christ is really like. This will give us our tools with which to begin to obey this verse. And this is our part: we are to add to our faith which has already been given to us by God Himself. And we are to do this diligently.

We must first receive our faith as a gift from God. This we do when we receive Christ Himself. Now we see that there is more.

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith ..."

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