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Read Introduction to 2 Peter

 

“To godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love”

 

To godliness
The first five virtues of verses 5-7 deal with our inner being—the last three deal with others. “Godliness” is the last of challenges to our inner life.
The word “godliness” was also used in 1:3 (see our study there) and used in 2 Peter 3:11. This is a word for piety but piety toward God; It carries the idea of reverence toward God.
PRINCIPLE:
An essential dimension to the Christian life is reverence for God.
APPLICATION:
The idea of piety in Scripture is not moroseness or sullen solitary mode of life. It has to do with keeping close touch with God, which produces a God-likeness.
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