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Assurance of Faith

2 Peter 1.10-11
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This section concludes with a word of challenge and encouragement. False teachers attacked the faith of the original readers of 2 Peter. Some of them were beginning to doubt their faith. Peter, particularly in verse 2, went out of his way to reassure them of the validity of their faith. Thus the expression confirm your calling and election must not be construed to suggest that God has any doubts regarding their faith or calling. The problem of doubt or questioning is one the believers struggled with, not God.

As you begin to see changes and transformations occurring in your life, this should reassure you that God has called you to Himself. These changes serve to confirm your calling and election. The opposite is also true. If your life shows no positive changes and this causes you no concern, then you should wonder and question whether you are a true believer in Jesus Christ.

If you respond positively to the challenge, you will find encouragement in the words you will never fall. This does not mean that you will never have a problem or that you will never sin again. Rather Peter piles up the words to bring joy to the weary Christian’s heart. An abundant entrance into eternal heaven is the hope and reality for a Christian who lives a faithful, fruitful life here on earth. Peter’s point is that a Christian who pursues the listed virtues (vv. 5–7) will not only enjoy assurance in the present, but a full, rich reward in the future life. However, these qualities do not merit entry into heaven for us. Instead they are the fruit of what does merit salvation for us—the perfect righteousness of Christ that we receive through faith in Him alone.

Looking toward our future eternal life provides the motivation for right living now. We must be centered on heaven’s priorities, not those of this world. These verses are meant to provide the assurance of faith to those whose lives bear fruit in keeping with their profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Does the fruit of your life confirm your salvation or question it?

Pastor Jeff
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