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Make your calling and choosing sure – 2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1:10 “…be all the more diligent to make your calling and choosing sure; for in doing these things, you will never stumble.”

Is making your calling and choosing sure, necessary to salvation?

Certainly not, for salvation is unquestionably through faith alone, as Ephesians 2:8-9 confirms “For by grace you have been saved through faith.”

Interestingly, as discussed yesterday, 2 Peter 1:10 confirms our “effective calling” and it confirms “election.”

Yet it points to something more. In vs. 5 through 7, Peter describes a sanctification process of true believers from moral excellence to knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and finally to love.

In fact, vs. 8 comments “if these things are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Full knowledge does not mean salvation, you’re already saved, it means assurance.

As Charles Spurgeon reminds us “Faith saves us, but assurance satisfies us… Full assurance is not essential to salvation, but it is essential to satisfaction… No believer should be content with hoping and trusting, he should ask the Lord to lead him on to full assurance, so that matters of hope may become matters of certainty.”

Full knowledge does not mean salvation, you’re already saved, it means assurance. As Charles Spurgeon reminds us “Faith saves us, but assurance satisfies us.

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"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur

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