How Can The Believer Be Certain That He Is Growing Spiritually - 2 Peter 1:8-11

How can the believer be certain that he is growing spiritually? Peter gave three evidences of true spiritual growth.

“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8 (KJV)

2 Peter 1:3 and 2 Peter 1:4 had already made the point that everything we need comes through the knowledge of God (2 Peter 1:3-4). Now Peter is saying that the knowledge that produces that result is the result of the diligent pursuit of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and God's kind of love.

Fruitfulness ( 2 PETER 1). Christian character is an end in itself, but it is also a means to an end. The more we become like Jesus Christ, the more the Spirit can use us in witness and service. The believer who is not growing is idle (“barren”) and unfruitful. His knowledge of Jesus Christ is producing nothing practical in his life. The word translated “idle” also means “ineffective”.

The people who fail to grow usually fail in everything else! Some of the most effective Christians I have known are people without dramatic talents and special abilities, or even exciting personalities; yet God has used them in a marvelous way.

Why? Because they are becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. They have the kind of character and conduct that God can trust with blessing.

They are fruitful because they are faithful; they are effective because they are growing in their Christian experience.

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