THE SECOND PETER PRINCIPLE
The enemy wants you to forget. God wants you to remember (Revelations 2:5 and 3:3). There is a rather long passage in 2 Peter 1:4-10, that I call The Second Peter Principle, which clearly makes this point. Let us read it from The Amplified Bible.
“By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from moral decay (rottenness and corruption that is in the world because of covetousness lust and greed) and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature. For this reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence). And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self- control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety). And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). For whoso lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] short sighted, seeing only what is near him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins. Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall.”
EFFECTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE
Note the phrase, “For if these qualities are in you…” The meaning here is that the qualities must go beyond mental assent to believing in your heart. It is not enough to agree that the Word is truth and that these qualities are desirable and even preferable. One must take the Word into his heart until it is solidified in his thinking and believing so that his acting conforms to the qualities listed. If he truly believes to the point of incorporating these qualities into his character, the Apostle Peter is telling us that there are benefits, i.e., it will make you effective (vs. 8), it will make you productive (vs. 8), and it will keep you from falling (vs. 10).
THE DEVIL WANTS YOU TO FORGET
By contrast, note the phrase, “For whoso lacks this.” The meaning here is that the Word has not become solidified in one’s thinking and believing. Therefore, the qualities are lacking. The behaviour does not conform to the Word of God. If this is the case, there are consequences which are listed in verse 9: spiritual blindness, spiritual short sightedness, and loss of memory. The point being that the devil wants to muddle your memory, while God wants you to remember.
CONVICTION FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT
Remembering brings conviction from the Holy Spirit. Conviction is the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth. Change cannot occur until one is convinced of his error. This will never happen in the mind of one who is spiritually blind, spiritually short sighted, or who does not remember what God has said. Remembering brings the conviction of one’s error as illustrated in Matthew 26:75. After Peter had denied the Lord three times, he heard the cock crow, and he remembered the Lord had said it would happen, and he went out, and wept bitterly. Remembering brought
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.