Archive for January 30th, 2018

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 1 has the Apostle reminding us that God has given us all things.  “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire”.  We come to knowledge of Him as we learn of Him through His Word, through prayer, and through the community of God’s people. It is true that we need God alone, but God does not meet us only in our solitude but also in the community of His people.

Peter challenges us to grow in our walk with Christ.  It begins with faith….” For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love”….and it ends with love.  Love is the ultimate outcome of all God’s work in us. These beautiful qualities are not things that the Lord simply pours into us as we sit back and wait but we are called to work on these things, working in partnership with God to build them into our lives.

Be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall”. This shows how we can be sure that God called us, and that we are His elect. As we see these things in our life, we know that our lives are becoming more like Jesus. It shows that we are being conformed to the image of His Son.  We have to pay attention because the enemy wants to stop our efforts to become like Christ.  “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty”.  The enemy tries to deceive us.  We have to focus on growing our character.

We can have confidence in what will happen.  “We have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”. Even in Peter’s day enemies of Jesus twisted Old Testament prophecies, giving them personal and bizarre meanings attempting to change the future of God’s plan through Jesus.

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