II Peter 1:1-2 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
If you were to take a moment to think of something — anything — everything — that is near and dear to you, what would it be? I know for me, there would be many things. If asked to narrow the list down to one thing, could we? What is that precious to you?
Peter here emphasizes something that is precious to him: his faith in our God and Savior Jesus Christ. Peter, however, was not listing precious items, he was reminding believers of the singularity and the preciousness of their faith.
For believers, what a precious faith we have! It is knowledge of God and Jesus. It is an abundance of grace and peace. As you continue in this chapter, this faith in God and Jesus, (v.3) “…has given us everything we need for a godly life…” This faith in God and Jesus has, (v.4) “…given us his very great and precious promises…”
Did you know that there are over 3500 promises in the Bible? Most of these promises are to those who have faith. Paul said, “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Promises of healing, strength, redemption, salvation, hope, peace, and the lists goes on. Hallelujah!
Rightly so, Peter was reminding us of our precious faith in God and Jesus Christ. Saints, let nothing get between us and God so as to weaken our faith in Him. It would be too great a loss. As we read, He has given us everything we need to have victory of sin. The writer of Hebrews puts it best, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith (hope) without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.” Hold fast to our faith in Christ in these wavering times when nothing seems reliable. Hold fast to promises God has made to you, for He is faithful. And recall the last promise of the Bible is the assurance from Christ, “Surely, I come quickly.” So keep your eyes up, guard your heart, and grow in your precious faith from our God and Savior Jesus Christ.