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Adding Knowledge to Your Virtue

September 21, 2009

Studying 7In 2 Peter 1:5, Peter tells believers to add to their faith excellent moral character and then to that excellent moral character we are to add knowledge. This is not just any knowledge, though. Peter is not telling the believers to become experts at trivial pursuit. He is not telling them to become expert in facts about the Bible and theology. Peter is not saying, add to your good works a Masters Degree in Bible. Peter is saying, add to your good works a full understanding of the things of God. The word used in the verse points to the the factual knowledge of the Bible applied to my life. The application of the Word is the necessary ingredient to this knowledge. Good works without a proper knowledge of God leads to self sufficiency and pride. This kind of knowledge teaches me about myself and how I must be constantly changing to look more like Jesus. Psalm 139 gives a great illustration of the knowledge that is being described here. In that Psalm we find incredible information about God’s creative work, His knowledge of all things, His infinite presence and His incredible holiness. The Psalm closes with “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” This is the kind of knowledge of God we need to have, knowledge of God’s character that causes us to pursue greater holiness in our lives.

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