Isaiah 55:11 is a verse many can quote but few understand. This verse to me is the root of all man’s relation with God. This is just cursory thought from a book I’m writing to expound on the details that I hope to convey here.
The 8 virtues listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7 are not independent attributes acquired over the course of time. To me they are the rails that the emanations of God ride upon and that return to Him the harvest. They are the very substance of the bargain contracted between Creator and creation.
Faith or the Greek work pisteo (phonetic) is the turnabout when the effort of God’s love returns as the product of God’s desire. It is that point where we are entrusted with God and where we place our trust in Him.
God passes through these virtues chronologically or progressively from love to faith. We at the receipt of this expression ride the virtues back to love departing in faith. They are likewise chronological and progressive for the individual. But the work of God in the individual bargain between Himself and another also has a collective version called the bride. She historically rides these virtues until she arrives at her perfection. That brings returned to love of neighbor and love of God. Brotherly love to love, we’re not there yet but His work will not return void. He shall obtain His bride who will be virtuous. She chronologically has passed from the faith that began her journey during the Ephesians church age and progressed historically through time to the Philadelphian church age we as individuals currently live in.(see Rev. 2-3 ) It is no accident that our progression toward God are mirrored to His digression toward us. When His words of love departed they were destined to return with His bride. I wanted no less from the words of love expressed to my beloved. The gospel is a love story. The greatest love story ever told that rides these virtues between love and trust. All aboard!