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Virtue refers to moral excellence, or a conforming to a standard of right. Knowledge comes in two folds. The first fold is the acquisition of information. The second refers to intimate experience and interaction with something or someone. It denotes having a transformative encounter with something or someone. In order for us to grow in virtue and knowledge, we must, therefore conform to the standard of right that God in Christ has established, have a transformative encounter with Him and acquire information about Him and His ways while we remain intimate with Him. We must abide in him.

Our passage begins by addressing us as those who have received “a faith of equal standing…. by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ”. Faith is the first port of call. In faith we recognize a bridge to God. When our faith is weak, we cannot reach God, and our vision of Him is blurred. We lose focus and lose strength, and are eventually dissipated. In faith we also recognize a muscle to exercise. Faith is a spiritual muscle that we must exercise and strengthen frequently in
order for us to be effective Christians.

The second virtue is Grace. Grace is strength to endure and overcome. Grace is God's strength and power released to us at our point of weakness. Grace is also God's divine favour, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God abolishes merit, introduces favour and demands that we can only reach him through His divine favour, rather than our merited works. We must therefore “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” [2 Peter 3: 18]. Peace is God's regulator of our hearts and minds, and is our third virtue. To grow in peace demands that we diminish worry and accelerate our trust in God's ability to save us, protect us, provide for us and take care of the unknown. God's peace guards us from deterioration and weariness, and increases our staying power.

The fourth virtue is God's divine power. This refers to the strength of God's might which is in comparable. He is absolute in power, and has no equal. His divine power provides everything we need for life and godliness to a knowledge of Him who called us. God's might surround's us with provision, abundance, goodness and mercy, so that we lack nothing. This also means that we have no reason to live in sin, or to disobey God because He has made it possible for us to live in obedience
because of the abundant provision that comes through His divine power.

The fifth and last virtue is God's promises. Those promises are as sure as the God who makes them. It is not possible for God to lie or to change His mind because He is not a man that he should lie [Numbers 23: 19] He says it and means it, he means it and does it. With Him there is no shadow of turning. He can be relied upon to deliver what he has decreed. When we believe God's promises, we connect to His divine nature, and this protects us from the defilement that comes from evil desires and the world.


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