In making our salvation sure to our own minds, if we are in fact true Christians, we have not to go into an argument to prove that we have sufficient strength to resist temptation, of that we shall be able in any way to keep ourselves. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". Men may reject it (Galatians 2:21; 2 Corinthians 6:1). We must take the passage as we find it: and as it stands its simple and irrefragable sense is that by σπουδὴν παρεισενέγκαι ἐπιχορηγῆσαι ἐν κ. τ. λ. is the way βεβαίαν ποιεῖσθαι our κλῆσιν and ἐκλογήν. in the exercise of the forementioned graces. [33] David F. Payne, A New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1969), p. 600. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". "Commentary on 2 Peter 1:10". 1974. ‘to make’-‘to make for yourselves’ (Robertson p. 152); ‘make sure for yourself’ (Green p. 74). This clause, as Calvin remarks, is not authorized by the best authority, but it does not materially affect the sense. God must work all these graces in us, yet not so that we should be machines, but willing instruments in His hands, in making His election of us 'secure.' ‘the acid test of the genuineness of our faith is that either we make costly life changes on the basis of it, or we treat sin and judgment as irrelevant to a Christian.’ (Lucas/Green p. 63). 173). Still, however you may render it, the meaning is nearly the same. 10. διὸ μᾶλλον. The verb which the A. V. renders ‘fall’ is the same which it renders ‘offend’ in James 2:10; James 3:2, and ‘stumble’ in Romans 11:11. 8For 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. 2 Peter 1:10 ‘Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;’, ‘be all the more diligent’-‘zealous, eager, take pains, make every effort’ (Arndt p. 763). Resumption of the exhortation. That the way to make our election sure, is first to make our calling sure. I. 'Aleph (') A, Vulgate, add, dia (Greek #1223) toon (Greek #3588) kaloon (Greek #2570) humoon (Greek #5216) ergoon (Greek #2041) B C omit. The meaning here is, that they were to obtain such evidences of personal piety as to put the question whether they were “called” and “chosen,” so far as their own minds were concerned, to rest; or so as to have undoubted evidence on this point. (Dietlein). "Commentary on 2 Peter 1:10". It can be made sure to our own minds only by our own exertions; by obtaining evidence that we are in fact the children of God. Now a question arises, Whether the stability of our calling and election depends on good works, for if it be so, it follows that it depends on us. This was the wrong view. The term, which only here he addresses to them, marks his affection, which constrains him so earnestly to urge them. He is told only to look outside of himself to Christ alone for his assurance that he is a Christian. Here is a thorough and decisive refutation of the doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy, and also the doctrine of predestination. https: BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. It is God's friendship. Does it super please God to say no to all worldliness, corruption and tyranny? And this latter view is supported not only by the position in which the two ideas stand to each other, but by the connection of thought (Grotius, Brückner, Schott, Hofmann(40)); for the summons βεβαίαν ποιεῖσθαι can apply only to something which has been realiter accomplished in man, not to the decree of God in itself unchangeable and eternal. i. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Peter subjoins election to calling, because the calling is the effect and proof of God‘s election, which goes before and is the main thing (Romans 8:28, Romans 8:30, Romans 8:33, where God‘s “elect” are those “predestinated,” and election is “His purpose,” according to which He “called” them). διὸ μᾶλλον] διό is usually taken as referring to the truth expressed in 2 Peter 1:8-9, and μᾶλλον interpreted as equal to “all the more.” The meaning is then: that this truth should still more incite to zeal (thus Brückner, Wiesinger, Schott, etc.). Another reason for adding these virtues is that by doing so we can walk worthy of the Lord without stumbling along the way (cf. "[35] Reference to Peter's warnings in this letter as a "hint" reminds one of the gang leader in Boston, who when five of his henchmen were shot-gunned to death in the basement of a bar, said, "I believe there is a hint of opposition in this!". Enter your credit card information to ensure uninterrupted service following your free trial. At the same time he speaks here of calling as the effect and evidence of election. 2 Peter 1:3 and 1 Peter 1:1-2) secure (‘ratæ,’ as Grot. But the fact that the ‘election’ is named after the ‘calling,’ and the awkwardness of speaking of the immutable decree of God as capable of being made sure by us, indicate that what is in view here is not the eternal election, but the historical,—that is to say, the actual separation of the readers from their old life, and their introduction into the kingdom of Christ. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. For if ye do these things - If ye be careful and diligent to work out your own salvation, through the grace which ye have already received from God; ye shall never fall, ου μη πταισητε ποτε, ye shall at no time stumble or fall; as the Jews have done, and lost their election, Romans 11:11, where the same word is used, and as apostates do, and lose their peace and salvation. Neither could he do anything to assure himself of final salvation were he one of the "non-elect.". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. https: Peter says those who make their calling and election sure will never fall, not prove or guarantee their salvation 4. If ye are thus diligent to make your election firm, ye shall never finally fall. Fall , [ ptaiseste (Greek #4417)] - 'stumble' finally (Romans 11:11). The calling precedes the election, both in the text and in order of fact. The Christian, Isaiah , however, often told to examine his faith and life to see if he is walking in fellowship and in conformity to God"s commands. Can you come in here? So the ‘calling’ as the act of grace, which takes effect in time, is distinguished from the ‘election’ as the eternal act or counsel of the Divine Mind. https: God must work all these graces in us, yet not so that we should be mere machines, but willing instruments in His hands in making His election of us “secure.” The ensuring of our election is spoken of not in respect to God, whose counsel is steadfast and everlasting, but in respect to our part. But on this ground there need be no alarm, for it does not state that the good works thus required merit either the calling and election, or the eternal glory, of God. Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. The ensuring of our election is spoken of not as to God, whose counsel is stedfast, but as to our part. New York, USA. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. ‘you will never stumble’-Carefully note the promise isn’t that you will never sin (1 John 1:8-10). The relations of κλῆσις and ἐκλογή are thus stated by Gerhard: vocatio, qua in tempore ad regnum gratiae vocati estis; electio, qua ab aeterno ad regnum gloriae electi estis; in like manner Wiesinger, Fronmüller, etc.