"But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins" ~ 2 Peter 1:9This is the key verse. Here the bright shaft of new light showed me [Eugenia Price, the author] what God was really driving at through Peter in these amazing verses. I have seen this verse proven and reproven in my own life and the lives of those with whom I work and live. There are two glowing facets to this "blue stone" verse.
Reread the list of characteristics (in verses 5-8) which we are to add with diligence. And now look at the first gleaming "facet" in the verse above. "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off ..." If you're in the dark about something, if you're confused and stay confused in trying to find God's will about something, check back over this list. God never tries to mix us up. "... he that lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off ..." Something is casting a shadow.
The second "facet" can change your entire life if you will face what it really says: "... he that lacketh these things ... hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." He is not growing. Have you become self-righteous? Self-defensive? Have you a little hidden sin? Are you refusing to control your appetite? Are you allowing God to do His own loving through you even with those who are repulsive to you? If not, you may be proving this key verse. According to the Word of God you are one of those who "hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." If I am not showing these traits Peter has listed, then I too am one who has forgotten what Jesus did for me on Calvary. God will forgive us quickly in the Name of Jesus and we can go on and never stumble on that weak point again.
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence ... for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall."