OUR PRECIOUS FAITH “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like PRECIOUS FAITH with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:” - 2 Peter 1:1 (KJV)
Apostle Peter underscores the value of the Christian faith by referring to it as “Precious faith”. Precious means: of great value / worth; not to be wasted or treated carelessly. The synonyms of precious are: costly, priceless, valuable, high-priced, dear, irreplaceable, invaluable, inestimable, rare, exquisite, etc.
The import of Peter’s depiction of the Christian faith as “Precious” can be better appreciated when substituted with any of the synonyms. Our faith is costly, priceless, valuable and rare. It is something that is more valuable than gold. And just like lots of ladies treat their gold with utmost care because it is precious to them, believers must learn to handle their faith with care. We must give our faith its pride of place and nurture it regularly.
Jude Vs. 3 (MSG). “Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.” Wow! Our faith is a precious gift and we must do everything within our power to keep it because nothing in this world is good enough to substitute it. No wonder Paul told Timothy to fight the good fight of faith (1Timothy 6:12). You may lose your money, property, job, business or even your family; but please don’t give up your faith even if your life is on the line. Your faith is worth more than silver and gold or life itself because it is your license into God’s very presence now and in the hereafter.
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