“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge.”
to your faith
“Faith” in this context means that structure gives bones to the body of the Christian life. Faith is the foundation of all virtues. Like lining up a group of numbers for adding, the believer is to line up a group of virtues that will advance his faith. These virtues are the seven building blocks of Christian character.
Jude 20, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
Faith is the sub-structure to character and is the base to all subsequent characteristics listed from verses 5-7. The building of our character by seven characteristics continues to rise until we crown our soul’s edifice with the sum of the seven.
Faith is the foundation of all character.
Now that we have come to Christ, we must add to our soul seven characteristics. Peter does not say, “Pick and choose whichever characteristics that might interest you. Add one or two of these characteristics.” God builds strength into us when we add these characteristics to our souls.
No matter our cultural heritage, no matter what personality, disposition, or temperament we might have, God will construct an edifice of His making if we apply truth to experience.