Your gift of faith was and is a precious gift

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2 Peter 1:1

Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Let’s take a look at our faith today.  Notice how the aged Apostle brings those, many of whom he participated in their coming to faith in Christ, to look at their faith.  He speaks to his faith and their faith bring the same faith!  Peter does not see his faith as greater and theirs as lesser.  He says that they obtained like faith with him.  This is a great point to dwell upon. Have you ever wished you had faith like someone else?  Have you ever wished your faith could rise to the level of a person of greater faith?  Of course you have, we all have.  But Peter tells us that we have obtained, from God, (Ephesians 2:8) the same faith that he had gained.  We have from the point of salvation the foundation of faith that we need for the rest of our lives.

Then notice that he calls it “precious” faith.  We will see that Peter uses this word several more times but here it is in reference to the faith that God gave us at salvation.  When we think of something precious we think of something of great value to us.  The thing of greatest value to Peter, and should be to us, is our saving faith.  There is nothing more valuable because it is the only thing we can never lose nor have taken away from us.  Our saving faith is precious.

Finally, this precious faith is a gift to us by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Peter equates Jesus with God and knows that the precious gift of faith was made available by the sacrifice of Christ, the sinless, righteous Lamb.  I hope you understand that there is no religion in the world with this claim.  We are saved because of the sacrifice of the righteous Savior.  As we come together tonight for our Good Friday service we will be focusing on the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ from Isaiah 53.  What a glorious Savior we have.  He could be our Savior because He was righteous.  Yes, our faith is precious.  Thank God for this precious gift throughout today.

As we begin the weekend when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we begin our rejoicing at 7:00 tonight and continue with breakfast at 9:00 on Sunday and a glorious service of exaltation of Christ’s work at 10:30.  Take time to read the Gospel records of the death and resurrection.  Prepare your heart to gather together with a focus on all that Jesus did to obtain our redemption.  Prepare your family as well as yourself.  As you come to church tonight and Sunday may you come with a great anticipation of growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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