I’ve recently been studying 1 and 2 Peter. I came to this scripture, “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8)
I LOVE this verse! My relationship with the Lord is my number one passion. I want to know Him! So of course, as I’m studying, this verse causes me to slow down. What are the qualities this verse is talking about? If you look back you find a couple verses that you may be very familiar with:
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)
I took each of these qualities back to their original language. Below you will find a list of each word and it’s Greek definition. Taking a look at these, you can see that there is a beautiful flow in this scripture. As I was going through I asked the Holy Spirit to guide me into truth, to show me how building each of these qualities on each other would lead to further knowledge of Christ. I was so blessed by doing this.
Some of the words I took back to the root word(s) to show the fuller meaning. Hope I displayed this in a way that is easy to follow.
Faith – pistis G4102 – From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Moral Excellence (KJV virtue) – G703 arate – From the same as G730; properly manliness (valor), that is, excellence (intrinsic or attributed): – praise, virtue.
valor – in Websters is defined as strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery
Knowledge – gnosis G1108 – From G1097; knowing (the act), that is, (by implication) knowledge: – knowledge, science.
Self Control (KJV Temperance) – G1466 egkrateia – From G1468; self control (especially continence): – temperance.
G1468 egkrates – strong in a thing (masterful), that is, (figuratively and reflexively) self controlled (in appetite, etc.): – temperate.
Perseverance (KJV Patience) – G5281 hupomonē – From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: – enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).
G5278 hupomenō – to stay under (behind), that is, remain; figuratively to undergo, that is, bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere: – abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind.
Godliness – G2150 eusebeia – From G2152; piety; specifically the gospel scheme: – godliness, holiness.
G2152 eusebes – well reverent, that is, pious: – devout, godly.
Brotherly kindness – From G5361; fraternal affection: – brotherly love (kindness), love of the brethren.
Love (KJV Charity) G26 agape – From G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.
G25 agapao– to love (in a social or moral sense): – (be-) love (-ed). Compare G5368.
Compare G5368 phileo to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), that is, have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while G25 is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety..