2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1:1-20
- Peter opens his letter by addressing it to all who have received faith through the righteousness of Christ, wishing them grace and peace through the knowledge that is found in God and Jesus. It is in this knowledge and His divine power that we receive everything that we need for life and godliness.
- By God’s glory and goodness, we have received His great and precious promises, so that we might experience the nature of divinity that allows us to escape the corruption of the evil that exists in our world.
- In order to escape the corruption, we are called to pursue a specific progression of good things. First faith, then goodness, then knowledge, then self control, then perseverance, then godliness, then brotherly kindness, and finally love. If one is pursuing and utilizing these qualities, then they will be effective and productive in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. If one does not possess these qualities, they are nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been Christ’s sacrifice, having been cleansed from their sin. Because of these things, Christians should pursue action make the reality of their salvation and calling sure. For those who are faithful will not fall, but will receive a rich welcome into the kingdom of God.
- Even though certain truths have been ingrained, Peter feels the need to reiterate those truths while he remains in the body. He also repeats himself so that once he is gone, the truths will still be deep within the hearts and memory of those who have heard.
- Peter expresses that the message of the gospel is not something that he and the other disciples made up, but they were eyewitness of the glory of God expressed through Jesus Christ, especially when they were present at the Transfiguration.
- In addition to their eyewitness, the prophets spoke of Christ coming, and their prophecies were not of man’s will, but spoken by God through the Holy Spirit within man.
As I look at Peter’s list of qualities to add to one’s life, I recognize a natural progression in my walk with Christ. I can recall times in my life that specific traits stood out more than others. Knowledge was necessary in order for me to understand the necessity of self-control. That is not to say that I have reached perfection in any of these qualities, but I recognize the need for more and more.
Lord, I know that you are the perfect example of someone who lived a life with these qualities permeating every day. Spirit, would you stir within me and give me ways to exercise these qualities as I go about my day, as I spend time with my wife, as I spend time with the youth at Trinity. I pray I do not become ineffective or unproductive in the knowledge I have in You. It is in the powerful name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Posted on Thu, August 13, 2015
by Brian Landers