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The Whole Ball Of Wax


"Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love... But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins" (2 Pet.1:5-7, 9).

If you look up the idiom, "the whole ball of wax," you will find its definition in one word... EVERYTHING! When Peter presents us with this list of eight virtues, he is unrelenting. He powerfully implies that the lack of these graces in a Christian believer renders a person not only fruitless, (Vs 9) but blind... "But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind..." Because a person cannot be nearsighted and blind at the same time, Peter might possibly have an alternative meaning for nearsightedness, namely to "shut one's eyes." Such folks are blind because they shut their eyes to the truth.... To be candid about this, the subject is not literal blindness; it is a figure of speech. "But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes" ( 1 Jn.2:11). For Peter, the blindness of those who lacked these qualities consisted of their shortsightedness. As I look at the eight graces that Peter presents us with, I see something else. They are only complete when we start with faith, and continue to add the other seven graces to it. Peter insists on "the whole ball of wax..." As we really look through the list and its progression, how can we possibly think that possessing these traits will not make us better people? I don't believe that any of us want to be either unfruitful or blind, do we? Christians who absorb these virtues will certainly make themselves better members of the Lord's church. As we examine them, how can we even think that they will not make us better? There's one more caveat to all of this. Not only do they make us better members of the Lord's kingdom here on earth, but it they prepare us for the eternal kingdom that awaits all of us. Now that's the whole ball of wax....

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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