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            Explanation of Verse 10In the second epistle general of Peter, he
writes of a pastoral concern to the early Christians. He warns against
deceptive teachings and their influences on their lives. In the first chapter,
Peter’s objective was to stimulate Christian growth. In the second, he combats
false teachings and he encourages them to watch for the Lord’s return and in
the last chapter, Peter urges the early Christians to grow in their faith and
challenges those who deny the Lord will return to judge both the quick and the
dead.             In chapter one, specifically, Peter
salutes the Christians, admonishing them with the gifts and promises that the
gospel offers. He exhorts them to add fruitful virtues in order to make their
calling and election sure. Knowing his dissolution was near, Peter reminds them
they “were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (King James Version, 2 Peter 1:16). He
encourages them to take heed of the prophesy (vs 19) of which the promised day
is coming that Christ will return – the prophesy of the Bible that is necessary
for salvation.             Peter’s purpose of chapter one was
to stimulate the growth of Christians. He encourages them to give “all
diligence” (vs 5) and add to their faith virtue, meaning goodness. Unto virtue,
Peter said to add knowledge; “And to knowledge, add temperance; and to
temperance patience, and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (vs 5-7). These things make one
neither “barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ” (vs
8). They make one lively and zealous, active and fruitful, diligent in the
works of righteousness. And as they become vigorous in His work, they become
His servants, giving themselves to God. And then, much glory will be given to
God. That should be the consequence of the addition of these graces – the
glorification of God.  For when one grace
is added to another, they are strengthened, upheld, made better, encouraged,
and even cherished. They grow and thrive with one another for when grace
abounds, there will be an abounding in good works.Then Peter goes on to say that if one were to
lack these things, he is blind to spiritual and heavenly things (vs 9). He
dawdles and dallies during this life, dotes upon the temporary, present world
and is oblivious to spiritual matters. If one were to lack these graces, how
miserable and worthless is their condition. They cannot see beyond reality and
certainty and are ignorant of the state they are in. Such one does not see
glorious riches God that will bestow on the righteous and the dreadful,
unimaginable punishment He will impose on the ungodly. Then Peter says in verse 10, “Wherefore the
rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if
ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” It is the duty of God’s people to
make their calling and election sure, to be firm in their belief that they are
the children of God. It is their duty to closely examine themselves to become
fixed and firm in their belief and testimony. They need to be sure, to their
utmost ability, that they are thoroughly converted as well as their will,
minds, and the whole of their being are turned towards God. And although a
child of God may experience difficulty in this regard and go through trials and
temptations, they must not, therefore be discouraged, for that is the devil
seeking for their soul. They must pray and seek the countenance of the Lord in
order for them to become fixed and firm in their faith. A child of God cannot
do this in themselves; t cannot be attained in themselves or others, but rather
requires the assistance of God. For with the help of God, such a believer will
remain steadfast, firm in their faith, and be kept from falling spiritually at
all times. For “those who are diligent will walk vigilantly throughout this
world and will remain fulfilling their duties toward God” (Matthew Henry Study
Bible, 1 Pe. 1:10). Those who are diligent shall receive all glory
(vs 11) and will enter heaven. They will not sway with every temptation (vs 12)
but will remain on their knees, begging the Lord to assist through life. They
will not be shaken with every wind of doctrine but, with the help of God, will
remain an unmoveable structure.And then Peter concludes with an exhortation to
the early Christians to remember the truths which they have heard. For they
(Peter, James, and John) have witnessed the majesty of Christ so surely this
testimony of Jesus Christ is true. They have seen and heard the audible voice
from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (vs 17). For
blessed are they who not only hear, but also understand and believe the truth
of the voice from heaven. Application of Verse 10In his second epistle, chapter 1, verse 10, Peter
states “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and
election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”. Not only this verse, but also the whole chapter
speaks to the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God, through
sanctification of the Holy Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus Christ” (1 Pe. 1:2). These people are the elect, the ‘brethren’ in 2
Pe 1:10. They are brethren in the Lord, engrafted into Christ and taking part
in all His benefits. They are God’s chosen ones from all eternity. Undeserved in
themselves, they are given grace through the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ.

These are the ‘brethren’ that Peter speaks about. Unto them, Peter continues
with his exhortation. Peter goes on to say to “give diligence to make
your calling and election sure.” It means to watch to prevent from falling in
one’s own stedfastness (2 Pe 3:17). It means to not be conformed to the world,
to be fervent in spirit, and to serve God (Ro. 12: 1, 2, 11). It means to obey,
even in the absence of God for “God worketh to will and to do after His
pleasure” (Phi. 2:12, 13). The believer must assure their hearts before Him (1
Jn. 3:19) and to make their election sure. He must examine and try himself as
the hopes of men, in themselves, are built on sandy foundations (Mat. 7: 24-27).

His speech and actions must be a savour of heaven and a manner of life. He must
maintain a holy contempt of the world and its things, pass through the world as
strangers and pilgrims. They must not become part of this world, but their
conversation must be in heaven. They must fight and strive to their final goal
and their manner of life should be towards the Country to which they are
travelling to.In the Christian’s Reasonable Service (vol 4,
pg 109-111), to be diligent means to hate and flee laziness and to strive in
the virtues of the Lord. Just as a servant would ask his master: “What would
you have me to do?”, a believer must ask God. And to that question, God’s
command is thus: “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business,
and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly
toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing” (1 Th.

4:11-12). In Prov. 10:4, God promises that He will bestow
His blessing upon diligence: “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand:
but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” “The hand of the diligent shall bear
rule” (Prov. 12:24) and “the soul of the diligent shall be made fat” (Prov.

13:4). To those who comply will He make rich. No matter how little he may
receive, he will receive it with God’s blessing, for God says in Ps. 37:16 that
“a little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.” Not only God’s people, but also the unconverted
– their chief business should be in heaven. “For where your treasure is, there
will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). One’s heart needs to be in the greatest
care and concern to obtain the things which are not seen. The heirs of the
kingdom of heaven seek the treasures of heaven and will not rest until they are
satisfied. They must live and hope for this glorious kingdom. And their
conversation will be in heaven (Phil. 3:20). They must diligently seek him,
look toward the Country to which they are travelling to. They must look for
happiness in communion with Him in heaven and words and deeds must savour
heaven. And “he that overcometh all trials and
difficulties in this life shall inherit all things” (Rev. 21:7). He shall have
peace and plenty, profit and pleasure, and everything desirable. He will have
full satisfaction to his most enlarged desires. These expectations may reassure,
arouse, and induce hope and joy while in this life. That may be the end to
which they desire – to eternally glorify Him. That may be their inspiration and
encouragement. No duty will be too hard, no cross too heavy, neither any pains
too great. They will attain the crown of glory. ConclusionTherefore, through this modest explanation and meager
application of 2 Peter 1:10, one may see the importance of searching the
scriptures. This applies also to the unconverted. He must search diligently, pursue
to turn his wicked life around and beg the Lord for grace. Let their prayer be
with David, “Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths” (Ps. 25:4). They must
learn with Paul that they are the chiefest of sinners and “the good that they
would they do not; but the evil which they would not, that they do” (Ro.

6:7). They must be pointed to the law which condemns them. For if they do not
learn of the law in this life, they will learn of it in eternity. And then! Then
it will be eternally too late. It is during this life here on earth they must
learn to know themselves. They must seek the countenance of the Lord, and
search diligently.However, not only the unconverted, but God’s
people also must search diligently. His people must persistently seek the
countenance of the Lord, making their calling and election sure. For the hopes
and desires of men are built on sandy foundations and can never abide in any
trial without the assistance of God. Wherefore, it must be man’s duty to put
the matter to a fair trial in time. “For if ye do these things, ye shall never
fall” (2 Pe. 1:10). Oh, how blessed that people may be for their portion may be
in heaven. They will eternally glorify and praise God. All their sorrows will
be put aside, their worries and doubts left behind, and they will worship and
magnify God forevermore. Shall this not provoke jealousy in those who do not
claim a right to the kingdom of heaven?