28th March 2014

Precious 

“To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.”
2 Peter 1:1 (NIV UK)
 

How much value do we put on our faith? 

Peter was anxious that his readers did not underestimate their faith. It was not something to be taken for granted. If we hold our faith in high esteem, then we’ll let it convict us and it won’t be just head knowledge: rather it will be a living faith that changes us and affects positively those around us. 

In both his epistles Peter emphasized submission to Jesus who “was rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him” (1 Peter 2:4). Just as Jesus suffered, we may also end up suffering for our faith in Jesus. We also might be rejected by men: however, God has chosen us in Christ, and through his righteousness he has given us something that is life changing. Peter uses the same word used to describe Jesus to explain how valuable that gift is  – it is precious – “a faith as precious as ours”.

Through Jesus and the gift of faith we are also precious in God’s sight. 

If something is precious, we treasure it. Gold is regarded as a precious metal, but our faith is “of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire” (1 Peter 1:7). Peter desires that our faith would transform us. It’s not a gift to be hidden in a corner or kept under lock and key. Peter explains that it is through this God-given faith that we have also received “very great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4) through which we participate in who God is and escape the corruption that we see around us. “For this very reason”, Peter goes on to say, we should develop our faith by using it and expanding it to include qualities of Christian character so that we will not be “ineffective and unproductive” (2 Peter 1:5-9). 

Value and use the gift of faith – it is precious. 

Prayer
Father, please help Christians to be together in Christ through the Spirit as a Body of believers. Help us to be united in you. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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