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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson

Hi! Kyle Thompson here. Lucina, my wife of 32 years, and I love to entertain in our home. Not a week goes by when there is not something going on at the Thompsons. Normally, it involves some of Lucina's great cooking! I get to serve in a number of different venues, and I'm so thankful for ways God has used the Watermark body to grow me.

September 16, 2014

NEUTRAL IS NOT AN OPTION

2 Peter 1:1-11
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2 Peter 1:1-11

Greeting

1:1 Simeon [1] Peter, a servant [2] and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to [3] his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, [5] and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities [6] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, [7] be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Some manuscripts Simon
[2] 1:1 Or slave; Greek bondservant
[3] 1:3 Or by
[4] 1:3 Or virtue
[5] 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse
[6] 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 9, 10, 12
[7] 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God's family, the church

Comments

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  1. Robert

    Sep 16, 2014 10:36

    Kyle, My uncle had a house down the way with the Jeep. I know the hill. I know too being in neutral in my walk. Thanks for good stuff.

  2. Dean Macfarlan

    Sep 16, 2014 10:19

    Kyle..the perfect chapter for you to provide insight on. You did not need to write anything down (but I am glad you did :) as your life speaks of these principals that Christ has so deeply implanted in you heart. The entire Macfarlan family has been the benificiary of your kindness,love, care, friendship, genirosity and faithfulness. Christ has and is changing us because of our colaboring with you on HIS mission. Thank you continually spurring me on to love and good deeds and to run this race with endurance fixing our eyes on the prize Christ Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. If anyone is going to hear well done good and faithful servant its going to be my friend KT! Love you Kyle and so grateful God is allowing me to run this race with you.

  3. Mary V. T

    Sep 16, 2014 10:14

    Kyle, I remember that day very clearly. I am very proud of your daily walk with Christ, and you are an admired example for me and our family for what a devoted follower of Christ looks like. You have spurred me on in my walk and I, too, don't ever want to get stuck in Neutral again!! Thank you devoted son for a very meaningful reminder for me. Proud to call you my son and love you for your faith in me and the grace you have extended to me.

  4. Diane Sims

    Sep 16, 2014 10:01

    I was talking with a gal friend last night about this very topic. How great God is to affirm our conversation the next morning. Living in the confidence of Christ, stepping out in faith, letting go of self-preservation - that is life in Christ. Makes me smile!

  5. HopeH

    Sep 16, 2014 09:56

    Love the jeep story and a great point for this devo! I Love the lists in today's passage verses 3-7. What an assurance that we have everything we need for life in Christ

  6. Cindy Brungart

    Sep 16, 2014 09:46

    Than you Kyle for speaking to my heart this morning. We need to arm ourselves with these traits every day as we go face the battles we face. I had a note in my bible ( from Todd ) that Peter wrote this letter as he was in prison awaiting crucifixion . He preaches love and kindness as he faced death . That encourages me today.

  7. Marilyn Goumaz-Tucker

    Sep 16, 2014 09:39

    Kyle, although I don't know you personally, I praise God for you. You have brought much happiness to Lucina whom I have known since she was born. So gratifying to see God at work in your lives. My prayers for you as you continue your journey together.

  8. Lindsey Eickman

    Sep 16, 2014 09:21

    Kyle, thanks for sharing your gift of storytelling and sharing God's word with us today. I am encouraged by verse 5 which tells us specifically how to live in order to bear fruit. Praise the Lord that he guides us so clearly.

  9. Sheri

    Sep 16, 2014 09:10

    Kyle You model this chapter with excellence and humility. Thank you for serving our body with such perseverance and integrity! And we have had a front row seat of how well you love and serve your wife and family.

  10. Patricia Simmons

    Sep 16, 2014 08:38

    The jeep in neutral analogy is going to stay with me for a very long time. How easy it is to coast in neutral, it's even comfortable in fact until we crash and burn. Belief in Christ is not the ultimate goal, it's just the beginning of a walk that leads to loving him more and surrendering of self on a daily basis. I use to be really comfortable hanging out in that "belief" phase thinking that was enough...but The Lord has been faithful to surround me with His people (especially wonderful friends from Watermark) who love me enough to not let me stay suck in the mud. Thanks so much!!

  11. Jon

    Sep 16, 2014 08:36

    Hey Kyle - Very thankful for you friend and for your leadership. Appreciate your willingness to love others with humility and grace and patience. Your generous spirit is an encouragement to me and a constant reminder to use my gifts and my story of grace to love others well. -

  12. Robin Rice

    Sep 16, 2014 08:17

    Loved your illustration and leadership in our body. Thrilled to be serving Christ with you! In Christ's love, Robin Rice

  13. Michel Thompson

    Sep 16, 2014 08:10

    I love the analogy of the jeep stuck in neutral, I vividly remember "old blue" and pumping the brakes praying they would work! Lots of great memories from our childhood at the lake! You have been an excellent example for me and others of what a life transformed through Christ looks like and I am thankful that I continue to learn from you and grow spurred by your example. Very proud of you big brother!

  14. Jayson

    Sep 16, 2014 07:57

    5-7 is almost a fruits of the spirit part two. Great reminder of how to avoid an ineffect life, thanks Kyle! And as for the jeep, maybe you vere sinking zat old jeep could float, yah? Heh heh errr...

  15. Matt

    Sep 16, 2014 07:57

    I've seen the truth of this scripture in my own life. The times I have been an active seeker of God I have experience the fruits mainly knowledge, self-control and perseverance. The time that I have just coasted I have found myself much more focused on the flesh. God gives such clear instructions for how to defeat sin and I am so thankful for that wisdom.

  16. Karen B

    Sep 16, 2014 07:53

    Thank you for a wonderful devo! It is such an honor to serve on the same team as you and your precious wife. You and Lucina have modeled for our body how humble servants should live. High gear is the only thing we have seen. The Lord is honored each day through both of your dedication and devotion in being faithful with each day. We are blessed to follow your lead as long as we have today.

  17. Lucina

    Sep 16, 2014 07:34

    I can't think of a better man to speak on being fully engaged. Neutral is a gear that's only a speck in your rear view mirror today...and I should know because I live with you every day! Thank you for modeling full devotion (which does cost you) for me and our kids. We don't just "think" you are sober and alert, ready for spiritual battle, we KNoW it. We are loved well by you and see humility lived out in a way that blesses us all. Glad to be running like a top beside you!

  18. Tim

    Sep 16, 2014 07:15

    Partakers of the divine nature! How excellent is that?! So many try to form themselves into gods with things of this world and will always fall short... If only someone had shared 2 Peter with them!

  19. Robert M

    Sep 16, 2014 06:34

    Kyle - Appreciate your leadership and always speaking truth to me over the years using scripture. Great reminder to keep it in gear and have our lives marked by the qualities to be effective for Him

  20. David L

    Sep 16, 2014 06:14

    Kyle - thanks for this great reminder, and other reminders you have been faithful to deliver over the years. Continually encouraged by your faithfulness and intimacy with Christ!

  21. Sep 16, 2014 05:57

    WOW! A GREAT DEVO AND I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THOSE PROMISES GRANTED TO ME/US. I HAVE ALSO BEEN BLESSED BY YOURS AND LUCINA'S SERVANT HEARTS THAT BLESSES SO MANY OTHERS BY YOUR HOSPITALITY IN YOUR HOME.

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