Write Your Own Symphony

Delivered By
Pastor Jack Peters
Delivered On
October 3, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
2 Peter 1:1-11
Write Your Own Symphony




When I think of a symphony orchestra, I think of a collection of musicians playing various instruments and producing beautiful music. A symphony is a work or art written by a composer. If you love the old hymns, there is nothing like a symphony orchestra playing your favorites.

Referring to 2 Peter 1:5-11, Kenneth O. Gangel “In this beautiful paragraph Peter orchestrates a symphony of grace. To the melody line of faith he leads believers to add harmony in a blend of seven Christian virtues which he lists without explanation or description.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 2 Peter, VICTOR BOOKS®A DIVISION OF SCRIPTURE PRESS PUBLICATIONS INC. USA CANADA ENGLAND

We believe that 2 Peter is encouraging us to “finish well”

We get off to a good start with salvation – Vs. 1

When we trust Christ as our Savior, we become equipped with all we need finish well! – Vss. 2-4

As we saw last week, although God has equipped us to finish well, it is a process in which we are to participate. The ultimate goal is to be like Jesus in this life, because we will be like him for all eternity. 1 John 3:2-3

The key word we discussed last week was diligence or as many translations render it “Make every effort”.




I believe that we are to use diligence to write our own “Symphony of Grace”. We are to develop the qualities mentioned here to compose in a sense, beautiful music that glorifies our Lord Jesus and enables us to finish well.

Vs. 5 – For this very reason – Because we have been saved by Jesus and have all we need to live the Christian life, we are to add, the qualities mentioned here. Although we should work on all of these at the same time, it appears that one will build on the other.

The word “add” is an interesting word. From it we get the word chorus. The director of the chorus had to pay all the expenses for training the chorus. The word developed to refer supplying something in abundance or to “supply lavishly”.

So, in writing our own symphony of grace we are to be diligent in lavishly supplying these qualities to our lives.

RESPONSIBILITY – Lavishly supply the harmony. Vss. 5-7

  • Faith is the melody. If you don’t have faith, you don’t have a song. Saving faith is essential. But we must remember that saving faith should lead us to trusting faith, obedient faith, and praying faith.
  • To faith lavishly supply virtue (moral excellence, or moral courage). Moral excellence says, I will do the right thing, no matter what the cost.
  • To virtue lavishly supply (practical) knowledge. Different word than in verse 3. This knowledge learns and applies what it learns. This knowledge must include a practical application of the Word of God.
  • To knowledge lavishly supply self-control. Proverbs 25:28, When I know what is right and what to do, self-control gets it done. Not just temper, but everything I do.
  • To self-control lavishly supply perseverance. – Perseverance says, “I’m in it for the long haul.” It’s one thing to show self-control once in a while, but perseverance is everlastingly at it! Diet
  • To perseverance lavishly supply godliness (Reverence for God lived out daily.) Malachi 2:5-7
  • To godliness lavishly supply brotherly kindness (Love that shows grace to all.) Galatians 6:9-10
  • To brotherly kindness add love. (Agape – love that gives all!) This is the type of love God shows. Do not take John 3:16 lightly.

REALITY – There will be negative or positive results. Vss. 8-9

REASSURANCE – Your composition can be a “masterpiece”. Vss. 10-11


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