2 Peter 1 (NKJV)
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence,
add to your faith
to virtue knowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control,
to self-control perseverance,
to perseverance godliness,
7 to godliness brotherly kindness,
and to brotherly kindness love.
I don’t believe this is a “building blueprint”. An item does not necessarily build on the preceding item. A couple commentaries agree with me on this. Although there is a flow in the list, I never could see any sense of building a list. So in the list there are eight items. Biblically, the number eight means “New Beginnings”. I’m thinking this is very appropriate, as the list can be a new beginning in our walk with Jesus if we begin to look at how we can build these eight virtues into our lives.
Another comment that I found in a couple concordances states that the words “giving all diligence” could be better interpreted from the Greek as — “Bringing in all zeal or effort.” It’s a distinct goal or object of our faith that we ought to give great effort to accomplish.
Barnes says that this is a process of Cultivation, progress and accumulation.
Cultivation says that we have to work at this just as a farmer has to cultivate his fields to get them to produce his crops.
It’s a progression – we probably will not do these all at one time. Don’t be too hard on yourself, just keep cultivating.
Finally, accumulation speaks of small steps taken towards attaining a greater goal. Maybe, like putting $5.00 a week in the bank. Not much– but it adds up if you remain faithful to your plan.
It’s a great list. Print it and put it some place where you will see it easily and regularly.
Take an inventory regularly to see how the Cultivation, progress and accumulation are going!
Building for Him