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How to Become a Perfect Believer in Jesus Christ 6 (Perfecting holiness)

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.For 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 1:5-8 KJV

This is episode six on the holiness teachings. In this episode, I will use the holiness key of Apostle Peter. Jesus Christ chose Apostle Peter as the head of the apostles because he understood the system of the kingdom (See Matthew 16:13-19). Peter became the leader of the apostles when Jesus Christ ascended to His Heavenly Father.

We cannot ignore the teachings of Apostle Peter because he walked with Jesus Christ. Apostle Peter is one of the most anointed disciples of Jesus Christ. He did a lot of tremendous work and miracles in the kingdom. Ignoring the teachings of Apostle Peter makes the holiness teachings incomplete.

Apostle Peter emphasized on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. He said if we want to be complete in Jesus Christ and become fruitful, we must grow in the fruits of the Spirit and live in the Spirit.
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The first virtue Apostle Peter talked about was faith. Faith is one of the most exceptional spiritual seed every believer in Christ Jesus carries. Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome that God has given His children a measure of faith, and it is our responsibility to grow in that faith (See Romans 12:3). Without faith, we cannot walk with God (See Hebrews 11:6). It takes the Spirit of faith to walk and live in holiness.

Faith opens the door for the Spirit of holiness in our life. It is like a car and an engine. Without the engine, the vehicle may not respond. That is how faith works in our life. The stronger our faith (engine), the farther we can travel with the Holy Spirit. Faith moves the hands of God.

If you study the ministry of Jesus Christ, you realize that He always responded to people of faith. There was no occasion Jesus ignored a man or a woman who acted in faith. When God told Abraham to depart from His father’s house, Abraham moved with faith. When God told Noah to build the ark, he acted in faith. God saw Noah as a righteous man because of his faith.

God told Abraham to walk with Him in perfection (See Genesis 17:1). Abraham applied the key of faith to walk in holiness. If you ignore the key of faith, you cannot please God. Without faith in God and His Word, your devotion will be useless. It is the key of faith that commands the hands of God. Get my book, “How to Unlock the Gates of Faith” for a more profound revelation on faith.

The key of faith unlocks the gate of holiness in our spiritual walk with the Holy Spirit. Apostle Peter further stated that walking alone in faith cannot make the Christian complete. There are some virtues of the Holy Spirit that booster our faith.

He stated that we must acquire knowledge. Knowledge is a great booster in the Spirit. If you lack knowledge, you limit yourself in God’s sight. Ignorance makes God ignores you. Ignorance is the doorway to destruction (See Hosea 4:6). If you want to be perfect (complete) in Jesus Christ, acquire knowledge.

What you don’t know can kill you. There are some Christians and unbelievers who never learn from others. They pride themselves in their limited theology and knowledge. Such Christians cannot perfect holiness in fear of God. Ignorance will make you exercise holiness in fear of man, and that is a significant error.

The Bible says we must perfect holiness in fear of God, not in fear of man. God is the one to judge us, so why are you afraid of the opinions and condemnation of your fellow man. It is ignorance that makes you think always pleasing man is holiness.

Get me right; I am not saying we shouldn’t please a man. The bible encourages us to please man but on the condition of God’s will. If a man tells you to do something that contradicts the Word of God, you are at liberty to disapprove it. The Word of God is the ultimate. Add to your faith knowledge if you want to become complete in Jesus Christ.

People act outside the Word of God because of ignorance. Operating outside the Word of God is courage. Such courage is dangerous because God will not commit Himself. God only responds to His Word (See Jeremiah 1:12). This is one reason you must acquire knowledge. The more you know, the greater the Spirit of holiness works in your spirit, soul, and body.

If you want to become a complete Christian, acquire the relevant knowledge that can transform you in the ways of God. The Word (Holy Bible) is the best material. It contains the mind of God. Inside the Word, we find the wisdom of God, if you want to think like God, feed and practice the Word. Acquire inspired Christian books that talk about holiness and Christian living and feed on them to enable you to increase in knowledge and wisdom.

Apostle Peter further states that we must add to our knowledge self-control. The ability to control our tongue, fleshly and soulish desires makes us wise. The devil uses the unbelievers and carnal Christians to tempt us. If you cannot control yourself, you limit the flow of the Spirit in your heart. 

Faith and knowledge without temperance (self-control) make us incomplete in the sight of God.
Apostle Peter added that we must add to temperance patience and godliness. We must exercise endurance and cheerfulness. Living a godly life attracts persecution from the world (See 2 Peter 3:12). We must exercise good character because it builds us and makes others see the nature of Jesus Christ in us.

The next virtue is one of the best seed of the Spirit; we must exercise as Christians. This virtue is called love.  The King James Version of the Holy Bible translates love as Charity. Love opens the door for faith and the other fruits of the Spirit to operate. Without love, we limit faith. Faith can travel a longer distance if love is at work in our hearts and actions.

It is like a seed and soil. If the seed (faith) does not get a fertile soil (agape), the seed will die. Love is the fertile soil and faith is the seed. The sunlight, water, and other facilitating factors that makes the seed germinates are the other fruits of the Holy Spirit. If you want the Spirit of holiness to lead you in your Christian life, express love to your neighbours, some enemies and build a consistent fellowship with the Holy Spirit through anointed spiritual songs and prayer. I have explained the types of love in my previous article.

Some people express erotic and emotional love. Such love is conditional and temporal. Real love is agape (unconditional love).

Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.
It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.
It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Net Bible

Loving someone with the love of Jesus Christ is the best expression of God’s love. I (Christians) don’t love you because of the benefits I will get from you.

I love you with the love of Jesus Christ. Walking in holiness without love is a Pharisee type of holiness. Genuine love emanates from the heart. The unbelievers only express love because of the benefits they can get. Such love is fake. We must reveal Jesus Christ (love) because He lives in us in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the manufacturer of love.

I have seen nobody who denies love. Anyone who denies love may be mentally ill or possessed with demons. Even the animal’s desires love, how much human beings. The more we express love towards our neighbours and God's creation, the greater the Spirit of holiness builds His gifts, anointing, and seeds in us.

As the Apostle Peter said "if these things [faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, and charity] be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." If we allow these virtues in our lives, we will become complete in Jesus Christ.

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