To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. — 2nd Peter 1:1b
I often reference the scriptures by identifying the author and audience. Who is writing and to whom is he writing to? Sometimes it’s a personal note to a specific individual or group, it can be a prayer to God, we see a lot of warnings and admonishments, and then we see some that are intended for us, personally. I’d like to take a moment and recognize the treasure of what Peter calls “Precious Faith.”
Now, we know that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” But there are certain times where the words on the page become amplified. When I see, “To those who have obtained like precious faith,” it is something that I should be able to utilize to dissolve an ailment like rejection or loneliness, to know that if I’m a believer in Jesus that I have been given a “Precious” gift that unites you and I together.
In the quietness of personal devotion time, may the reminder of this truth unite us as we face a world that seems to be all about division.
With the emphasis on the word “precious,” we move from good to great, held in honor, esteemed, especially dear, as of a great price are some of the definitions of this emphasis. This gift of faith that unites us is something to be valued. Peter instructs us “that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.
This “Precious Faith” should be what identifies us as believers, Peter bases his two epistles on trusting in the faith we’ve been given. He says in his first letter, ”Tthat the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ”.
When we treasure the gift that has been given us, there is a manifestation that takes place that reveals the glory of God. So, as we walk our walk, even if there’s not another believer around we are still united through the “Precious Faith” that sustains us until we are “Home”, safe and sound. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Daily living by faith on Christ is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian, between the defeated and the victorious saint.” – A. W. Pink
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. Romans 14:6