2 Peter Chapter 1
2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
Peter calls himself Simon Peter, the name given to him by Christ.
Matt 16:13-16 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matt 16:17-18 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Jesus says, Simon, you are a rock. You are firm solid in your belief. It is of rocks like you; those solid in their faith in Me, that I will build my church.
Peter is writing to people that have "received" a faith just like his; a faith of equal value. Peter tells how he and other believers received this faith. Not through OUR righteousness but the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
Grace; favor, gifts, (of the Spirit) liberty, thankfulness and peace; quietness, rest, be increased unto you. How? Through the KNOWLEDGE of God and Jesus Christ.
How do we get this knowledge? I believe as our knowledge increases, so does our grace and peace. We GROW in faith. HOW?
2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Pet 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
God has given us what? A few things? Some things? How 'bout ALL THINGS. What kind of things? Things that pertain to eternal life and godliness.
How about that? PERFECT spiritual health. We will NEVER DIE. Godliness; virtue. Our spirits are made righteous and made worthy to live forever in the presence of God.
2 Pet 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Whereby--By Whom are given to us these promises as found in scripture. These promises give us the "Divine Nature" of "God Himself". Think about this. God is "sinless". Our spirits are "reckoned sinless". Our body "sins less".
We have escaped the corruption of this world. We are set free. We have been redeemed.
Look at the word LUST. Can you think of a sin not connected with lust? The father of sin, that old Devil. Lucifer "lusted" after God. He wanted to be like the Most High God. (Isa 14:13-14)
2 Pet 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
Besides this "precious faith" (verse 1) given to us, we should be eager to give haste to ADD to this precious faith virtue (morality-chastity-goodness-wisdom-discretion-common sense) and knowledge, whereby comes grace and peace. (verse 2)
2 Pet 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
We add knowledge as we study God's Word and then we are to add temperance (self control-self restraint- moderation) and we are to add patience. (endurance- continuance-courage- determination( in other words "keep on keeping on".
Then we are to add godliness. (holiness- devoutness) We are to be devout, that is to be dedicated, faithful and constant. We are to "keep on keeping on" We are to have a "never say die" (endless) godly, faithful attitude.
2 Pet 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Then comes brotherly kindness. (brotherly love-love of fellow brethren; saved brothers in the Lord) and last but not least we are to have "charity".
THIS is the "charity" Peter is speaking of here. SAME WORD.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Let us read 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 at this time.
2 Pet 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you got these things, "you got it all". If you got these things, "you lack nothing"
2 Pet 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Here is an "alternative" mentioned. If you DON'T HAVE these things "you ain't got nothing"
No reward for you in heaven, buddy. All your works were burned up.
2 Pet 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Here is the "responsibility" of the Christian. Obedience is not "optional" in the life of a Christian. God "demands" obedience. God doesn't give the Christian an "option". We are not to obey God by "our discretion". God doesn't teach us to obey Him if we feel like it. We are commanded to obey His commandments and His commandments are not grievous.
I Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
God's children who don't have these things are saved all right, as verse 9 says that they were purged from their old sins; but-- heaven will not be "classless". There are "degrees of reward" Those who "have" those things are rewarded "abundantly".
2 Pet 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 Pet 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
A Peter says,lthough you probably already know these things, I intend to remind you continually by teaching & preaching & example. We are to "always continue" to exhort and motivate the brethren.
2 Pet 1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
Peter says that as long as he is in this tabernacle (his body; i.e. the Temple of the Holy Spirit) he will continue to arouse them or awaken them to the truths of the Holy Scripture.
2 Pet 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
Peter speaks of his leaving this ole earth. He speaks of his dying. He must "put off" his earthly body soon, as Jesus showed, or told him, some time ago.
John 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
Jesus says, "when you were young you bind (tie a sash around your waist) yourself and go where you want, but when you get older someone else will bind you and take you where you don't want to go.
Peter will not die a natural death.
2 Pet 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
Peter says that he will make effort to "always" remind these believers even after he is gone, and the Holy Spirit of God "done just that". He is reminding us even today. We are reading a letter from Peter right now.
2 Pet 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
The knowledge Peter made know to these people was no fairy tale. It was not a cleverly dreamed up legend or fabrication. He was an "eyewitness". Can there be a more reliable account than an "eyewitness" account? Peter says there is. He will tell of it soon.
2 Pet 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
For he, our Lord Jesus Christ, (full Name given here) received honor and glory from His Father, in the following verse.
Matt 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2 Pet 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Matt 17:2-5 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Seeing is believing, right? Yes it sure is. But there is something even "more sure".
2 Pet 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Prophecy is the best proof of Divine revelation. Foretelling future events in intricate detail is "proof positive".
2 Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
No prophecy is of no "personal" foretelling. We are to "know" this.
2 Pet 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Peter speaks of the Old Testament prophecies. The Holy Spirit of God told them what to say. Maybe Peter does not understand that certain writings of his and others will be "prophecy in 'new' time"
Peter speaks of prophecy in 1 Peter 1:9-12
In Chapter Two Peter speaks of "false prophets". They were present in "old time" and they were there "in Peter's day" and they are "still with us today".