May 16th, 2007
When you learn to play a musical instrument as a kid, you never really think about the cost-benefit ratio. You just go to music lessons because your mum said you had to, or because the teacher makes it fun to learn. But when you’re an adult, you know where else you could be spending the time and money. You mightn’t have sufficient inherent musical ability ever to be able to play the instrument competently. So choosing to learn is a big sacrifice, and a big risk at the same time. You just have to have faith strong enough to sustain you through the difficult times when it seems that you will never be able to play well…
Peter’s Second Letter — Chapter 1
1:1 From Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to you who have received the same precious faith as us through the righteousness of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 1:2 May you overflow with grace and peace in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 1:3 His divine power has given us everything important in life and godliness, through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and virtue. 1:4 He has given us his precious and incomparable promises, through which you can share in the divine nature, escaping the decadence in the world caused by sinful cravings.
1:5 This is the reason why you must do all that you can to develop goodness from your faith; knowledge from goodness; 1:6 self-control from knowledge; patience from self-control; godliness from patience; 1:7 brotherly affection from godliness; and love from brotherly affection. 1:8 If these qualities are growing in you, that will stop you from becoming lazy or unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:9 People who lack these things are blind and short-sighted, forgetting that their old sins have been washed away. 1:10 Friends, try hard to make sure you are amongst those called and chosen by God. If you do this, you will never stumble. 1:11 You will be given open access to the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
1:12 I intend to keep reminding you about these things, although you know them, and are solidly grounded in the truth. 1:13 As long as I am living in this mortal body, I think it is appropriate to stir you up by reminding you, 1:14 knowing that I will be leaving this body soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 1:15 I will do all that I can to ensure that you will always remember these things after I have gone. 1:16 We were not repeating cleverly invented myths when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 1:17 He received honour and glory from God the Father, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 1:18 We heard this voice come from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
1:19 So we believe the message of the prophets more confidently, and you will do well to pay attention to it, like a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 1:20 Most importantly you should understand that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. 1:21 No prophecy ever came by human will; instead, people led by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
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