May we never forget that we have been purged from our old sins.

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-9

ESV Text: 2 Peter 1:1-9

2 Peter 1:1-9

Greeting

1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 342:
Chief of Sinners, Though I Be

— Organ Audio

1. Chief of sinners though I be, 
Jesus shed His blood for me; 
Died that I might live on high, 
Lived that I might never die, 
As the branch is to the vine, 
I am His, and He is mine. 

2. Oh, the height of Jesus’ love! 
Higher than the heavens above, 
Deeper than the depths of sea, 
Lasting as eternity. 
Love that found me–wondrous thought!– 
Found me when I sought Him not. 

3. Jesus only can impart 
Balm to heal the smitten heart; 
Peace that flows from sin forgiven, 
Joy that lifts the soul to heaven; 
Faith and hope to walk with God 
In the way that Enoch trod. 

4. Chief of sinner though I be, 
Christ is All in all to me; 
All my wants to Him are known, 
All my sorrows are His own. 
Safe with Him from earthly strife, 
He sustains the hidden life. 

5. O my Savior, help afford 
By Thy Spirit and Thy Word! 
When my wayward heart would stray, 
Keep me in the narrow way; 
Grace in time of need supply 
While I live and when I die. 


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