How does fruit abound?
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 2 Peter 1:4-9
There is a lot in this scripture, but what things
was Peter talking about ?
Peter was talking about the fruit of the Spirit.
How does this fruit abound in our lives?
Does this fruit abound by us trying to produce the fruit? No !
First this fruit abounds by us knowing and acknowledging that the fruit of the spirit is something that we have already been supplied with in Christ.
We need to understand that when we were born again, not only did we receive God‘s divine nature but we also received the fruit of the spirit which is the very nature and character of God.
When the scripture tells us to add to our faith, virtue and to virtue, knowledge, it wasn’t telling us that we had to go out and get more of it, but that we are to recognize what God has already presently supplied us with .
The word add actually means a present supply.
To add doesn’t mean to restock the shelves, but it’s more like taking inventory of what you have already been given!
We bear fruit by acknowledging what God has already put inside of us..
We also bear fruit by remembering that we have been cleansed from all sin .
We must understand that we are not in a process of being forgiven, but that we have been once and for all been forgiven from all sins.
As we Rest in the forgiveness that we already have in Christ then we will naturally bear fruit.
Knowing that we have been forgiven from all sin is essential to bearing fruit.
God does not want us to have a a sin conscience but a forgiven and a right standing with God conscience .
Another vital truth for fruit bearing is for us to understand that we are now dead to the law and now married to Christ.
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another-to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. Rom 7:4