2 PETER‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭‬‬

“The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

2 Peter‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Those who fail to become productive or useful with their knowledge of Christ or either shortsighted or blind. Peter makes a harsh statement of contempt for a lack of a meaningful faith. For Peter, faith is a lived ideology. This runs in stark contrast to many Christians who believe that faith is a personal ideology whose purpose is to illicit emotion. This is not true of Peter. Peter continues Jesus teaching of the Beatitudes by noting that blessings come upon those whose faith effects how they live. He notes two possibilities for those whose doesn’t. First they are short sighted. This is because they don’t understand the purpose of their faith. They under appreciate its value and power and therefore live a half truth. Secondly, he calls them blind. These are those who can’t appreciate faith at all, because they don’t know where it comes from or in whom it belongs. They can’t under appreciate faith because they don’t actually possess it. Our faith is to sacred and powerful. It is not a feeling, but a phenomenon that connects us to a powerful new reality that has a meaningful effect in real time and real space. Anything less is not real faith, and will not result in any sort of spiritual maturity.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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