Read 2 Peter 1
As Peter opens his second letter, he spends a great deal of time emphasizing the identity of the recipients. He reminds us that our identity is secure in Christ and that God has given to us everything that we need to live into this reality of our lives. This was likely a needed reminder for those he was writing to considering the hard times that they were dealing with. It is a necessary reminder for us all that time as well, considering the pressures and competing worldviews that culture throws at us every day.
Peter encourages believers, in the midst of the spiritual battle that we are in, to strengthen our faith and our witness through adding a number of things to our lives. Each of these, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love, are elements of the life of faith that we are called to live. Each are attributes of God, parts of His character that are revealed through Christ Jesus.
Like everything that we talk about when it comes to faith, Peter is not talking about a sort of “works righteousness” way of living, but rather a deepening of the faith that we have which will in turn cause us to live in a greater way into the calling that we have received as children of God and heirs to His promises.
Why does Scripture continually come back to this? Peter points out here that, even though his readers are firmly established in the truth, he wants always to remind them of these things. This is an important aspect of what why we read Scripture and worship together as Christians. In this world, where so many different things trying to suck us into their own identity, we need to be reminded constantly of who we are and whose we are. So often we forget in one fashion or another, straying all over the place. For this reason, we remain committed to Scripture and to prayer, seeking God and listening for the Spirit’s voice to remind us and direct us each day.