Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
In this passage Peter points us to two key aspects of what it means to be a true Christian – faith and life (or godliness). These two qualities are so key that they cannot be separated from each other and when they are there is no true salvation. You will never find true faith that does not also have with it true godliness, and you will never find someone who is truly godly who does not have their faith rooted in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Charles Spurgeon has said: “Let faith and life be put together, and, like the two abutments of an arch, they shall make your piety strong.” So make every effort to see if you are in the true faith – that is that you have placed your trust in Christ for your salvation, that you have not trusted anything to your own righteousness, but that from Christ you have received all of his righteousness and on that you are trusting for your salvation – by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone. Then with faith as your foundation and the love of God imparted to your heart, live a life that is godly through the Spirit who works in you. Seek and pray for the love of God to increase in you day by day so that you might love God more and love and serve your neighbors. Faith and life – let them be an adornment upon you like the glory and beauty of a ring (faith) set with a diamond (life).