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Character of a Godly Woman

2nd Peter Chapter 1.

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

HaShem brought me to this section of scripture all day yesterday. I wasn't sure what He wanted me to see. I had been prayerfully asking Him to show me some things about my character. I wanted to know where it had grown and where it still needed growth. So as I read this, I was of the mind that this was my answer, but honestly had no idea what it meant. These words, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, kindness and charity have become so "empty" in our world today and in our personal lives, so common place , that they no longer have power to change us. So I grabbed my Strong's concordance, and went to work seeing what the Most High had for me to see. One of the things I noticed as I studied it out, is this is a "Reverse" list. The "last" is first. Each one is 'fed" by the next. For example virtue is fed by knowledge., knowledge by temperance (or self control). and the "first" is charity or love. Hopefully that will become clearer as I go on. I also found the words "and to" are also translated "but in". So it is also a list of EACH thing that feeds faith. As always the Word touches us on several levels here. There is so much here, I can only scratch the surface and my study is not 'complete". So please dig into this yourselves!

"giving all diligence" All means all, because that's all, all can mean! This immediately let me know this was of more then passing importance.

The word "giving" is 3923 pareisphero {par-ice-fer'-o}

  1. to bring in besides
  2. to contribute besides to something We have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness it tells us in verse
  3. This is what WE add.

Diligence is the word:

4710 spoude {spoo-day'} AV - diligence 5, haste 2, business 1, care 1, forwardness 1, earnest care 1, carefulness 1; 12

  1.  haste, with haste
  2.  earnestness, diligence
    •  earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything
    • to give all diligence, interest one's self most earnestly

When I think of the word diligence in our English language, I think of dogged determination. This word is even more then that. It implies importance, and attitude. It is also translated as 'Care" and "haste". OK, so now I knew this was important, I had to have the right attitude, and I had to make haste because THIS was a key. A key to what? I got shown that down a few verses. And we'll get to that. The next part was probably the most powerful for me. I am sure this is the part that is going to continue to be my meditation for days to come.

"add to your faith"

ADD TO....

This baffled me at first. How does one ADD to faith. When I researched the word, I was amazed. 2023 epichoregeo {ep-ee-khor-ayg-eh'-o} AV - minister 2, minister nourishment 1, add 1, minister unto 1; 5

  1. to supply, furnish, present
  2. to be supplied, ministered to, assisted

This is the list of things that "feed" our faith. That "supply to" our faith its life giving "breath" if you will. Many times I have felt my faith is at its limit. My Faith has felt worn out, dry, empty. That it could go no further. Like a runner in race that has reached what is called the "runners wall". It's also translated in some versions as "supply to". As God supplies our needs, and also ministers seed to the sower and the Spirit to us (2 Corinthians 9:10 and Galatians 3:5), We must also supply or minister these things to our faith. I had never even considered "ministering" to my own faith. So armed with that I "dug" further into the verses.

"add to your faith , virtue"

At first, I thought this virtue was the same "power" or virtue that came out of Yeshua when he was touched by the woman with the issue of blood. It is not. This word means moral excellence. 703 arete {ar-et'-ay} AV - virtue 4, praise 1; 5

  1.  a virtuous course of thought, feeling and action
  2. virtue, moral goodness
  3. any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity

This word is also found in Philippians 4:8 (anything of virtue), 1st Peter 2:9 (show forth the 'praises' (this is the word virtue) of Him who hath called you). It is also used twice more in this very chapter in verses 3 and 5. It is also translated in another commentary as "courage". When we have the courage to do what is right, we feed our faith. It means doing what is right even when no one is watching. This feeds our faith. I had never thought of it this way. I just thought of it as "how we are supposed to act". WRONG! It is necessary to feed our faith. It is necessary to feed my faith this with diligence.

Then to this moral excellence I supply knowledge.

1108 gnosis {gno'-sis} AV - knowledge 28, science 1; 29

  1. knowledge signifies in general intelligence, understanding
    • the general knowledge of Christian religion
    • the deeper more perfect and enlarged knowledge of this religion, such as belongs to the more advanced
    • esp. of things lawful and unlawful for Christians
    • moral wisdom, such as is seen in right living

 

This is "experiential knowledge". I can't make moral decisions without an experiential knowledge of God. The first verse that came to mind is Hosea 4:6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Experiential knowledge of God, feeds my faith.

To knowledge we add temperance.

The word temperance is: 1466 egkrateia {eng-krat'-i-ah} from 1468; TDNT - 2:339,196; n f AV - temperance 4; 4

  1. self-control (the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites)

It is also listed in Galatians 5 as a gift of the Spirit. But are we adding it to knowledge? or puffing ourselves up with it? This word temperate, or self-control, is from the word: 1468 egkrates {eng-krat-ace'} from 1722 and 2904; TDNT - 2:339,196; adj AV - temperate 1; 1

  1. strong, robust
  2. having power over, possessed of (a thing)
  3. mastering, controlling, curbing, restraining
    • controlling one's self, temperate, continent

"having power". We saw earlier in this chapter that we are given ALL things pertaining to life and godliness. It isn't relying on your SELF to control, to me it is submitting control to God, and walking in the Spirit (gift of the Spirit). Interestingly enough temperance feeds knowledge. Temperance feeds my faith. I can think of several reasons this is so. And I'm sure you can also. But a few that come to mind are: Walking in the Spirit, gives no place to the flesh. What is master over you, you are slave to. Knowing these things is important to a proper knowledge and not a worldly knowledge. Temperance feeds my faith because its is obedience. It is probably most often shown in how I treat others. As we will see in the rest of the list.

To temperance we add patience.

Patience is the word: 5281 hupomone {hoop-om-on-ay'} AV - patience 29, enduring 1, patient continuance 1, patient waiting 1; 32

  1. steadfastness, constancy, endurance
    • in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
    • patiently, and steadfastly
  2. a patient, steadfast waiting for
  3. a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

I have also found it translated "cheerful endurance". I found first of all, my English understanding of patience wasn't quite right. Now there's a surprise. Again, we often think of patience as "putting up with quietly" with no thought to our attitude. This is not patience, this is grudgingly putting up with something. ITS PHONY! patience as God intended FEEDS our temperance or ability to walk in the Spirit. True patience is an attitude. True patience feeds my faith because it relies fully on the Most High and the Joy set before it. True patience is hard because the flesh is "now" oriented.

  • Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
  • Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
  • 2Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

This verse in 2Corinthians really touched me. We often "hear" the signs of the apostles were in signs and wonders. I do not often hear PATIENCE quoted as one of the signs of the apostles. If we want to feed our faith, which by works signs and wonders, we must feed it patience. I could go on and on with the verses this exact word is used, but its VITAL you meditate and study yourselves, so I am just going to give you a verse list.

  • Luke 8:15
  • Luke 21:19
  • Romans 2:7
  • Romans 5:3
  • Romans 5:4
  • Romans 8:25
  • Romans 15:4
  • Romans 15:5
  • 2Corinthians 1:6
  • 2Corinthians 6:4
  • 2Corinthians 12:12
  • Colossians 1:11
  • 1Thessalonians 1:3
  • 2Thessalonians 1:4
  • 2Thessalonians 3:5
  • 1Timothy 6:11
  • 2Timothy 3:10
  • Titus 2:2
  • Hebrews 10:36
  • Hebrews 12:1
  • James 1:3
  • James 1:4
  • James 5:11
  • 2Peter 1:6
  • Revelation 1:9
  • Revelation 2:2
  • Revelation 2:3
  • Revelation 2:19
  • Revelation 3:10
  • Revelation 13:10
  • Revelation 14:12

Used just a little eh?

So Patience feeds my faith. When my faith feels "tired". This is one of the areas I have to look to see if its abounding or lacking.

To Patience we add godliness.

godliness is the word: 2150 eusebeia {yoo-seb'-i-ah} AV - godliness 14, holiness 1; 15

  1. reverence, respect
  2. piety towards God, godliness

To me it basically means fear of God. This awestruck me. Fear of God, feeds my patience. Why? Because it is a direct result of me KNOWING HE is who HE is and believing HIM. When I know and trust the Most High, AHA! then cheerful endurance has its eyes on the prize! Godliness feeds my faith because it is a direct reflection of HIM. Faith is strengthened or fed by knowing the things HE has done and will do. I'm still working on the difference between godliness and virtue. I am still digging into this one. Maybe godliness is acting as God would and virtue is acting as a human should *smile*

  • 1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

The mystery of godliness!

  • 1Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come
  • Acts 3:12
  • 1Timothy 2:2
  • 1Timothy 3:16
  • 1Timothy 4:7
  • 1Timothy 4:8
  • 1Timothy 6:3
  • 1Timothy 6:5
  • 1Timothy 6:6
  • 1Timothy 6:11
  • 2Timothy 3:5
  • Titus 1:1
  • 2Peter 1:3
  • 2Peter 1:6
  • 2Peter 1:7
  • 2Peter 3:11

To godliness we add brotherly kindness

Often we hear "loving mankind" and "brotherly kindness" inter changed. I'm just not sure that is correct because love is listed here separately.

The word brotherly kindness is: 5360 philadelphia {fil-ad-el-fee'-ah} AV - brotherly love 3, brotherly kindness 2, love of the brethren 1; 6

  1. love of brothers or sisters, brotherly love
  2. in the NT the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren

It seems this is a very particular thing that feeds godliness and feeds my faith. This isn't unconditional love, as is the next word. This is "brotherly love". A very special cherishing of those of my spiritual family. Do I cherish them? Or am I spending more time tearing them down? So there is love of a brother...and then what feeds this? The unconditional love of all mankind or called charity in the King James version. Charity is the word Agape in this verse. Most of you are probably familiar with it. It is most easily described as the love of God toward us. And that which we reflect to others, even those most difficult to love.

So the list that feeds my faith is:

  • virtue
  • knowledge
  • temperance
  • patience
  • godliness
  • brotherly kindness
  • love

7 things we must feed our faith with, for it to survive day to day, moment to moment. But what is the outcome of "feeding our faith'? We are shown in the next few verses:

  • 2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
  • 2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
  • 2Pe 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We must seek these things to be IN us AND to abound. *(run over onto others)* We can't be fruitful with out feeding our faith. We have become blind , and can't see 'past our nose' and have forgotten the mercy God has given us. But look at verse 11. This is the key to a door. Entrance will be ministered to us...not just "heaven" when we die. But entrance to the glories of the kingdom spoken of earlier in this chapter NOW, TODAY. To the Promises mentioned earlier in this chapter also. There is SO much more here. But I pray this will wet your whistle and get you to diligently seek adding these things to your faith!

Contributed by Kath Baer.  You can contact her at teshuvah@wwyd.com.