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Sabbath, May 12, 2012 - "The Path to Eternity"

2Pe 1:5   And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 

2Pe 1:6   And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 

2Pe 1:7   And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 

2Pe 1:8   For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

2Pe 1:9   But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 

2Pe 1:10   Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

2Pe 1:11  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Strong’s Concordance defines diligence as speed, eagerness, earnestness, carefulness and haste. 

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Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 

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Virtue is defined in the dictionary as “moral excellence and righteousness”. 

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Knowledge is defined as “The state or fact of knowing; Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.” 

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Temperance is defined as “moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression.” 

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Our Lord knows we are but mere humans and of our emotions, patience wanes from side to side

Our impatience breeds intolerance and this intolerance breeds separation of brethren

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Strong’s Concordance defines godliness as “Piety, godliness, holiness” The dictionary defines it as “having great reverence for God…” 

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Brotherly kindness reflects the compassion and love our Lord has for us.  It is an earmarked characteristic that breaks bonds, eliminates barriers and exemplifies the true nature of our Lord within us.  Brotherly kindness transcends all races and locales of people. 

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Charity is defined as “affection or benevolence” as found in Strong’s Concordance.  The dictionary adds “Charity as referenced to Christianity, the theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one’s neighbors as objects of God’s love.”

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2 Peter 1:8-11 “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

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