Securing Our Salvation
“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble”
2 Peter 1:10.
After providing a formula for solid Christian growth, Peter concludes his teaching with an instruction and a promise: he instructs us to be serious about securing our election for eternity and, then, he promises that by following his teaching we can be assured we have the spiritual ammunition necessary to keep us faithful to the Lord.
If failing to make our calling and election sure were not a possibility, it would have been foolish for Peter to give this admonition. So election, then, is based on free will—it is the result of our acceptance of the Lord’s calling through the gospel.
If it were not possible for us to stumble and fall, it would have been foolish for Peter to advise doing what is necessary to prevent such. By adding to our faith the characteristics Peter has just given, we create a solid defense against falling and losing our salvation.
"Thought for the Week - 09/14/2014" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.