Saturday, May 15, 2010

Faith

2Pe 1:5-8  For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I certainly do not want to be ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  You can see the order in which Peter discusses things here - faith first.  Without faith, virtue and knowledge are going to go off track from the beginning.  All things begin with faith.

I've been talking a lot about wisdom the past several days and I wanted to point out again it is all useless and in vain without faith.  When studying the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism, it was easy to note one thing we had in common for sure - faith.  Nothing can be done that is pleasing to God without faith.  Without faith in God, we end up with worldly wisdom.  This is truly ineffectual.

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