On Wed, Jan 15, 2014, Stephen Williamson wrote:
Chatting this morning about the two examples of Christian lives in the older brother and younger brother in that story of the “wasteful” (prodigal) son. Both have pros and cons, yes, we are complicated people
But in the closing part of the story we have music (symphonies) and dancing (choros) in the Greek from which we get those words "choir" and "chorus".
Now we come to that wonderful passage in 2 Peter 1:5, about additional movements — (epi) brought by the dance-leader — (choregeo), translated as “supplement", "minister" or "add”.
Many years ago, remember studying this with a friend, thinking about “mechanisms” that assist us in this “dance”, with our “dance-leader”, being the Holy Spirit
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence,
supplement your faith, ok starting with faith, belief — what you hold dear, your persuadedness — faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God, and we’ve either had words from God in the Lord Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, connect us in this life or we’re going to in the next. So, better to seek him and make the connection in this life, that’s for sure.
with virtue (i.e. soldier-like manliness, courage, so, find the ones who can encourage you, and spend time with them in the Lord. Where one may fall, two stand together and a three-fold cord, etc, etc)
to virtue, knowledge (study those scriptures, know the scriptures, as the inspired written Word)
6 to knowledge, self-control or self-mastery (this is an interesting one, yes, everyone’s flesh has specific weaknesses, learn what they are and stay away from areas where you just stress out, generally different for each one, as the Holy Spirit leads)
to self-control, perseverance — ouch (but yes, praising him at all times, giving thanks for all things, for all things working together for good for those that love God)
to perseverance, godliness (God-centredness, worship, devotion to goodness, those things that build up, again, special to each one)
7 to godliness, brotherly kindness (being fond of our brothers (and sisters), connectedness, however that comes, not holding grudges, regardless of what they do)
and to brotherly kindness, love (a-gap-e, love, other-centredness, wanting the best for others, opposite of self-centredness).
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren (sitting around doing nothing) nor unfruitful (what you will be doing will bear fruit) in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged (cleansed) from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly (there’s that dance-leader word again) into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Blessings all Steve
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