Saved by Grace; Assured by Fruit
Today’s reading:1 Peter 2:13-2 Peter 1:21
My selection: 2 Peter 1:9-11
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
My reflections: As a young Christian, I was taught to trust in the promises of the Bible, that salvation is by grace through faith, for my assurance of salvation. Yet as I read this passage, it seems clear that while salvation is by grace through faith and not at all based on the character or works of the believer, assurance of salvation comes, at least in part, by a fruitful, changed life that is the result of that salvation. An unchanged, unfruitful, stagnant believer in Jesus Christ is a contradiction of terms.
In this one paragraph, there is reference to calling and election, God’s choosing those whom He would save and calling them effectually to Himself, and a reference to the need to practice the qualities listed, character traits of one who has been forgiven and given the promises of God to partake of the divine nature.
My challenge: Are you trusting in God’s grace alone for your salvation? Do you see the necessity of bearing fruit as an evidence of your salvation? Do not be passive in seeking the Lord, in abiding in Christ, and in bearing the fruit of a redeemed life. Seek to grow in the virtues of knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. Make your calling and election sure. A rich entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ awaits you.
Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Peter 2:1-1 John 3:10