Developing Christ-Like Characteristics

For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety), And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. (2 Peter 1:5-7 Amplified Version)

When a believer starts his or her journey with Jesus Christ, a new life is birth within them by Holy Spirit through their faith in Jesus Christ. The fruit of the Spirit is birth within them as well. Everything that comes with the Spirit of God in giving birth to a new creature from within the spirit of man is brought within the spirit of one that believes on Christ. Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17 Amplified Version)

Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law that can bring a charge]. And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)

We add to each characteristic of Christ that is written in 2 Peter 1:5-7 by yielding to the fruit of the Spirit which is the working of the Spirit within us and not the working of man or the flesh. As we yield to Christ, we are submitting ourselves to God’s Word and walking in obedience to His will for our lives. There must be diligence in our committment to submitting ourselves to God in order to be sincere with God through Jesus Christ. In order for us to see the promises of God, there must be a perfecting of our holiness. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1 King James Version)

Even as we don’t fully experience the promise of God in this life as many of the Lord’s people have not experienced the promise while living on earth as the scriptures have spoken, but they overcame the world by the grace of God through faith and are now in eternity with God. Our hope and promise is eternal life with God. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13 King James Version)  


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