A Rich Welcome Into The Eternal Kingdom
“And you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:11 (NIVUK)
Would you like to receive a rich welcome into God’s eternal kingdom? That is what has been promised to all believers. The welcoming party will be the Father, the Son, the Spirit and the holy angels. The life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ guarantees a rich welcome to all who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. It requires the gift of faith to believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s own Son. The same faith that the apostle Peter demonstrated in Matthew 16:16–17.
Once we know that we have received the gift of faith, we are then instructed to make every effort to confirm our calling and election. “Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7). For if we do these things, we will never stumble. All these attributes are also gifts from God our Father. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
It is clearly God’s will that we exercise these gifts, adding them to the faith that we have already received. If we think that we lack any of these precious gifts, we must then ask in believing prayer as we are encouraged in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him.”
A rich welcome into God’s eternal kingdom awaits all who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and who put their trust in him to answer the above prayer for these additional gifts which are synonymous with the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. These gifts, including faith, are more precious than gold or silver which perishes over time, and more valuable than money which can lose its value at any time! It is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Just imagine what a rich welcome into that kingdom will be like: the fanfare; the music; the glory; the joy.
Father in heaven, we thank you for the amazing future that you have prepared for those who receive the gift of faith. Please add to our faith the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Sherwin Scott
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
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