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you are to live based on god-based

knowledge you’re not to live on the

facts you’re to live on the truth cuz

you can have the facts but not know the

truth and God is truth and so he says I

want you to gain truth based on my word

so that you expand virtue which will

develop faith that the new nature will




Peter’s concern is that Believers

maximize their experience with God in

time and have an overwhelming entrance


eternity he doesn’t want us to wait to

heaven to experience some of it

now and so he has told us in the first

four verses of second Peter 1 that

everything you need to be come all God

wants you to be you already

have he’s given you a Divine person


Christ with that Divine person comes

divine power batteries are

included the power of the person is

connected to the person that you

possess not only has he given you a


person and a divine

power he says he’s given you a divine

presence the divine nature verse four

says the

actual essence of God is residing in

every True Believer if you’re here today

and you are a

Christian the nature of deity resides in


soul God himself resides there but he

resides there in seed form

and like any seed all that the seed has


offer can only be expressed as the seed

grows so a growth process is necessary

for the seed to unveil all that it has


offer many of us take vitamin or mineral

supplements supplements are designed to


one of a number of

things one thing that we take vitamins

for is to replenish something that’s

missing in our own nutritional makeup we

don’t have enough vitamin A or B or C or

D so we take supplements to replace


lacking the issue is however nothing is

lacking in the new nature because it’s

God and God is compl complete or as

Colossians 2:10 says you are complete in

him so the new nature doesn’t need to be

supplemented the divine nature is all of

God in

you so we don’t need a supplement to

help out something lacking in the god in

you if Christ is indeed in you which

means you possess the new nature and the

power that belongs to

it but there’s another reason why people

take supplements

and another reason that people take

supplements is to extend and expand

something already there so it’s not that

you’re trying to you’re not trying to

replace something that’s missing you’re

trying to take something that’s there

and expand it so all of

God you’re ever going to experience in

your soul is already resonant in your

soul in seed form but God has some

supplements he wants you to

take and he says if you take these

supplements The God Who is there will

expand your experience of him in your

soul he

gives seven supplements that he wants

you to

take each supplement Builds on the

preceding supplement he

says in verse

five to your faith Supply


Excellence so the first vitamin we’re

going to take today is a vitamin called

moral Excellence so the question is what

is moral

Excellence some versions say

virtue the Greek term there is a term

that refers to

something that is

fulfilling its purpose for

existence so the question is well what’s

my purpose a lot of times people will go

around and say I don’t know my purpose

I’m wish God would show me my

purpose that’s really a sub

question because what he’s talking about

here belongs to every

Christian 1 Corinthians 31 says whether

you eat or drink or whatever you do do

all to the glory of


your divinely ordained purpose is to


God Romans

11:36 says for from him through him and

to him are all

things to him be the glory forever

ever Matthew 5:116 says let men see your

good works and glorify your father who

is in

heaven your overriding purpose in life

for which you have been saved and for

which God has deposited the divine

nature in your soul is to make him look

good glory means to advertise put on

display highlight

promote so guess why God saved you he

saved you to make him look

good you are being

virtuous living in moral Excellence when

you are intentionally seeking to

advertise the true and living God so

when there is no advertisement of God as

he has revealed himself in the word the

seed is

styed it cannot

expand because it’s hungry for something

it’s not being

fed because God exists for

God and so you exist for The God Who

exists for himself when God looks at you

he wants to see

him cuz we’re supposed to be mirrors of



so important is this goal this virtuous

goal this moral

Excellence that he says I want it to

comprehensively envelop your life 1

Corinthians 10:31 whether you eat or

drink or whatever you do do all to the

glory of God so he not just talking

about big stuff he talking about the

little stuff you do without even

thinking eat and drinking whatever you

do I want to be on your

mind and the more I’m on your mind the

more I’m eating because now the new

nature is being fed in the soul of the

believer what it wants and needs to

extend what it already

is we live in a world that wants to

compete with the glory of


and the new nature does not

expand so add to your


virtue your intended

purpose what’s

next and in your moral Excellence the

end of verse five says I want you to



oh cause wait a minute if I’m supposed

to be virtuous and glorifying God is my

goal then I need to find out what he

expects so I need some more information

I need knowledge so that I can be

accurate in my virtue so to grow my

faith I need to live for his glory but

to live for his glory I need the

information of what that looks like and

how that works so I need

knowledge I love Colossians chapter 1

Colossians chapter 1 put it this way

when he’s talking to the Believers in

that church he says Paul says in verse

nine for this reason also since the day

we heard of it we have not ceased to

pray for you and to ask that you will be

filled with the knowledge of his will

and all spiritual wisdom and

understanding so that you may walk in a

worthy manner of the Lord to please him

in all

aspects bearing fruit in every good work

and increasing in the knowledge of

God says I want you to know his will and

I want you to please him in every area

of your

life and to have the knowledge of

God God tells us to love him with our

minds love the Lord your God with your

heart soul and your mind he wants to

impart his truth to you when it’s

attached to Glory from you you based on

his truth to you there is the expansion

you are to live based on God based

knowledge that’s why John 7:17 says God

will teach anyone who is willing to do

his will so the second vitam is

knowledge our third

supplement he

says and in your knowledge verse six

self-control self-control in your


so I want to glorify God I’ve made that

decision I’m coming to church or I’m

reading my Bible I’m having devotions or

I’m what have all the means I am now


knowledge once I get the information

that’s now attached to the virtue which

is now attached to the faith I am now to


self-control self-control is the absence

of self-indulgence

self-control means to no longer be

enslaved to an

appetite now that appetite can come in

any a lot of different ways to be

enslaved to food to be enslaved to sex

to be enslaved to gambling lack of

self-control means the desire controls

you you don’t control

it you can say no to wrong and yes to

right even though the flesh may still

want to say yes to wrong and no to right

why because self-control can be added to

the information that’s been added to the

virtue that’s been added to the faith

cuz everything is expanding in the soul

now so he says add

self-control it’s basically strength

under control there are three

areas where we all need this we all need

it different levels but we all need it

with our

mouth with our mind and with our

morals he

says he says if the new nature gets to

eat the faith gets to eat The Virtue and

The Virtue gets to eat the

knowledge then it’ll start gobbling up

control self-control see and that’s when

you know that’s when God becomes real

when stuff you couldn’t control you now


all of a sudden God has just become

real whether or not the desire is

shifted he said

self-control meeting legitimate needs IL


ways rejecting the

illegitimate and then he comes to

supplement number

four he says add to your self-control I

want I want you to add to


perseverance okay here it is watch this


perseverance perseverance

means you cannot

quit until God legitimately releases you

perseverance usually comes up in

scripture when there are difficulties

that you’re

facing but Colossians 1 vers1 says God

strengthens us for the purpose of

patience James 5: 10 and 11 says don’t

you remember job and his

patience don’t leave too

soon cuz God got to start all over

again why why can I have patience how

can I add patience because you now just


self-control see so if I can control

things now I can wait on stuff I

couldn’t wait to before because my

patience I’m adding to something I can

now control and I can control it cuz now

I got my information straight and I got

my information straight because I now

got my virtue and purpose right which

means my faith has grown which means the

new nature is going crazy inside my


soul add to your persever


godliness that’s what he’s

after godliness is a lifestyle

consistently reflecting the character of

God it is where pleasing God is a

lifestyle not an

event okay let me say this when are you

adding godliness in the context of

perseverance why does he want you to add

godliness attached to

perseverance because pers perseverance

tempts you to be

ungodly see when you waiting and you

don’t want to wait and you can say I

don’t care I don’t go do my thing you

know perseverance tempts us all to be

ungodly he says no when God has you this

way in this weight and he hasn’t

released you I want you to add more

godliness to it when you were

born inside your soul was a sin

nature let’s call it a sin producing

Factory you everybody’s born with a

factory in their soul it’s called a sin

nature in

scripture the job of this sin nature is

to roll out sin that’s all it

does when Jesus Christ came into your

life he closed the factory stay with me

here the factory was

closed for Romans 6 says that we our

nature was crucified with him to crucify

is to kill so God shut down the

factory and put in a new Factory the


nature there’s only one thing the new

Factory produces

righteousness because it’s God it’s

perfect so there’s nothing wrong that

can come out the new nature because it’s

it’s God so that raised a question


it if God shut down the old

factory why am I still struggling with

sin that’s that’s that’s a question

because you just said that the whole

Factory has been closed but don’t look

Clos to

me when they close General

Motors the cars that were already

produced by General Motors of still on

the highway when the sin nature was

open the sin that It

produced was let off the lot and is now

riding on the

flesh the flesh is the highway system

that your Humanity has on which the

vehicles of sin ride that were produced

when the factory was

open in fact not only are the cars of

sin that was produced when the factory

was open riding on the highway there

were cars that were produced that hadn’t

left the lot

yet that are just waiting for the

opportunity to get on the

highway so the problem with sin in the

Bible when it talks to Christians is

never a problem of the factory the new

nature it’s a problem of the flesh the


system and the highway system system can

get real

crowded watch this

now especially when the new Factory is

not allowed to

operate so when the new nature is kept

from eating what it needs to grow then


old things produced by the old factory

still dominate even in the life of a

Christian because the new Factory has

been not been allowed to produce what it


godliness that which is


righteous pleasing

God and as that

grows during the times of waiting on

God oh the new nature is just going

crazy it’s eating it’s eating it’s

eating it’s eating it’s eating it’s

growing it’s growing it’s growing it’s

growing he comes to number

six and add it to your

godliness brotherly

kindness brotherly kindness he calls it

f so it has the idea of being kind to

somebody who’s a family

member out of our

godliness should come

kindness he says I want out of your

Godly relationship with me that’s the

horizontal in the vertical to be a

kindness toward the other members of my

family cuz you’re not an only

child Our Father who are in heaven not

my daddy who is in

heaven watch this that’s why God wants

every Christian to be a vibrant part of

a local

church he wants to give you Family

Practice many a child was fine as long

as they were an only child soon as that

second kid came along I had problems

because there was a brother there was a

sister that was en roding on their

space because in a family with multiple

kids it’s not just about

you that’s why it’s wrong to want the

benefit of the family but make no

investment in the family that’s that’s

one of the reasons God puts irregular

people in your

life people you don’t like that you also

can’t get rid


to teach you brotherly

kindness now we don’t mean not speak the

truth in love he even when you speak the

truth he says do it in love do it you

you don’t have to be

mean to be

honest and then he culminates it from

brotherly kindness with his epic


and add to brotherly kindness

love that’s a different Greek word

that’s a

gape brotherly kindness is for

Leo so let me Define agape

yeah Agape is the

decision to

compassionately righteously and

sacrificially meet the needs of

another let me say that again agape love

is the decision why am I saying that

again because it’s not merely the

emotion I want to divorce cuz we’re not

in love anymore we’re not in love

anymore what they’re saying is I don’t

feel the way I used to feel that’s what

they’re saying that the emotion is gone

but when the new nature is

operating and it’s pumping because all

these things are being added

on love becomes a decision even when the

emotions aren’t

cooperating for God so loved the

world that he gave his only begotten

son Romans 5’8 for God demonstrated his

love toward us in that while we were yet

sinners we weren’t on his side Christ

died for

us his

compassion without compromising his


righteous made him willing to sacrifice

which is why the Bible even tells us to

love our

enemies to bless those who curse you and

curse them back not that takes a lot of


to not curse out somebody who cursing


you that takes a lot of strength that

takes new nature

strength so guess what God is not trying

to send you out here to a love program

he’s trying to get the new nature to get

So Pregnant inside of you that you’re

reacting like Christ would react if he

was in the same

situation let me let me tell you why

love this love thing is such a big deal

this is this is a big

deal big

deal because God defines himself by

it it says God is love okay doesn’t say

love is God it says God is love he is

that other words it defines him this

definition of love the decision to

compassionately righteously and

sacrificially seek the wellbeing of

another he says that’s who I

am well how is that so

God has never existed outside of a love

relationship number one he’s never been

alone because the true God the god of

the Bible is a Triune being one God

composes of three co-equal persons who

are distinct in personality yet one in

essence the father’s not the Sun the son

is not the spirit but they make up this



and they love each other to

death they love each other

perfectly this is perfect love because

it’s a perfect

being so when Jesus was on Earth he says

I work cuz my father Works my father

gives life so I give life whatever I see

my father doing that’s what I do Jesus

God the Father looks down at the son and

says this is my beloved Son in whom I’m



so when we develop this

epic definition of

Love watch this

now when we get to this stage stage

seven and seven is the number of

perfection when we get to this stage

guess something

happens God invites Us in to his



he says son

Spirit we got

one we got one who is becoming so much

like us in the new nature why don’t we

invite them

in you’re going to see maybe next week

or the week after everybody’s not


in see just because you saved don’t mean

he’s going to say many are called but

few are

chosen cuz everybody’s not invited into


everybody’s not invited in when the

Trinity says to that one who where the

new Nature has been expanding and

expanding and expanding and expanding

and the father

says because they have now connected

with who we

are we are now going to give

them the deepest experience of our

reality in time and ultimately in