“Faith” is just the beginning.
“Faith” is not all that is required of the believer. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1 that the believer is to: “…make every effort”
-to add to your faith goodness
-to goodness add knowledge
-to knowledge add self-control
-to self-control add perseverance
-to perseverance add godliness
-to godliness add brotherly kindness
-to brotherly kindness add love
“For if you possess these qualities in INCREASING MEASURES, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
In other words, knowledge of Christ alone without our “efforts” (these are the words of Peter) leads us to be “near-sighted and blind.” What’s more, these efforts help us to “make our calling and election sure” and will lead to a “rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
To clarify- this is not a works theology- Peter is not suggesting that man works to own his salvation. What he is stating is that if we are “cleansed from past sins” that matters for our lives TODAY and not merely for a future reality.
We are called to works, to bear fruit, precisely because of what Jesus did. Because of his divine power, we have all that for life and godliness- it is because of this power from Jesus that not only “should” we do these works, but this power gives us the ability. It is through Peter’s litany of behaviors that we “participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”