Monday, November 12, 2012

2 Peter 1:10-14

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

Any trained parachutist has a rigorous routine he goes through before every jump. The canopy of the parachute is critically inspected for split seams, frayed edges, holes, tears, or signs of excessive wear. The chords attaching the canopy to the brace are each checked thoroughly, inspected with a very discerning eye, searching for weakness or tattered threads. After repacking the parachute into the bag, the parachutist double-checks his harnesses and all the joints of the harness to ensure that everything is intact. Finally, confident that all things are as they should be, he mounts the stairs into the airplane that he will jump out of, and in a few moments, with confidence and security, he soars through the air exploiting physics and enjoying every second of it. In verse 10, Peter tells his followers to double-check their spiritual parachute. He tells them to look inside and out, to critically inspect with a discerning eye the surety of their faith. Even as he says this, he leaves the presumption that there will be some way to check the “spiritual parachute.” He almost implies that there will be tangible ways to see the saving faith that dwells inside each believer. Faith itself is not something we do, therefore it cannot truly be quantified. By God’s grace through faith, we are saved, so then what could Peter possibly be alluding to when he, like Paul in Philippians 2:12-13, says “work out your own salvation…For it is God which worketh in you.” He is not advocating that anything besides faith alone saves you. He is just advocating that if you are saved, time will reveal that that faith didn’t remain alone for very long. So, he says, “inspect your spiritual parachute. Check every cord, the canopy, the harness, and see if there is anything lacking.” Know that without a doubt, God’s grace alone saves through faith, but know also that visible assurance and eternal confidence comes through the ability to see the hands-on working of God’s grace in your life.
Food for Thought: What is the only way for us to be saved? How can we find assurance of the saving work of God’s grace?