Production of Fruit
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge." 2 Pet. 1:5
Add in vs. 5 is the second key word in this division. It is rather unfortunate that the Authorized Version carries this translation, for it conveys a completely distorted idea to the mind of the reader. The revisers have greatly improved their translation by substituting the word supply in its place. The idea of mechanical addition is, therefore, displaced by the proper sense of life development. The resident forces of nature do not produce fruit until there is activity, and that is precisely what this word means, "In your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge," and so on. This is the normal way in which the potentialities of nature finally produce fruit. Since the divine life is definitely joined with the human will, this passage is addressed to believers, describing the responsibility which rests upon them in the production of fruit.