2 Peter 1

Greetings 1
Power to escape evil 3
Progressive growth for making election sure 5
Prophecy and prophets 12
The sure word by the Spirit 19
Text Comments
.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:
 2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
  1 - Like precious faith We can grow best with a group that holds the Bible to be the sacred and inspired word of God and where we can freely witness to our faith. See note below.
.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:
.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.
  3 - All things [for] life We need not doubt that we can be saved. All we need has been provided!
  4 - Partakers of the divine nature Many people believe that, because they are human and Jesus had was divine, we cannot or need not live holy lives ourselves. They need to read this verse. Christ lifts us up and gives us a portion of His own nature. No excuse to claim that we need to live in sin in bondage to evil habits. Those who say that we can keep on in sin have no foundation for this in the Scriptures.
  We do not become divine but are given the power to overcome.
.5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
 6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
 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.
 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.
.10  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
.11  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  5 - Add to your faith Peter must have been confronted with some who read and misunderstood Paul's statements about living by faith. Peter seems to say, yes, you need faith. And you need to continue to grow. Here is a ladder of character development.
.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.
 13  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
.14  Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
.15  Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
.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.
.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.
 18  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
  16 - Not ... fables Peter shares his own testimony about the certainty of the word.

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.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:
.20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
.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.
  19 - More sure word of prophecy Perhaps better translated, "Word of prophecy made more certain." Many feel that we cannot entirely trust the Bible. Peter says we can.
  19 - Star arise in your hearts The purpose of prophecy.
  20 - Private interpretation We cannot make up our own interpretations. We must let the Bible interpret itself. Others should be able to compare what we say by the Scriptures themselves for verification. See brief article on futurism.
  21 - Holy men ... spake as they were moved The men, not the words, are in focus here. John wrote about what he had seen and heard 1jo0103. Compare lu0102 and Peter's own comment in v16. Of course the Holy Spirit helps in the writing, too.
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Choosing a congregation of believers
    One should be faithful to truth as God helps see the truth (Col. 2:6). Some people of all faiths have lived up to the truth they have known and to the convictions given them by the Holy Spirit. God will not hold them accountable for what they couldn't have known (Rom. 1). In our walk with Christ we are to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Truth is to be as the light that shines brighter and brighter (2 Peter 1:19-21) We grow like the dawn that gets brighter. (Pr. 4:18) (Some translations are clearer than the KJV here but it's okay). As God leads us He holds us responsible for what He teaches us. What may have been acceptable worship in the past is not acceptable when we He has allowed more light to shine on our path (Acts. 17:30). We have the example of Abraham who, left his home in Ur not knowing where he was going. He could have said that He won't going until he knew the destination and all his friends had agreed to go along. But that is not what God asked (Heb. 11:8). Turning to a different fellowship is not always an easy transition. We depend on our friends. Yet, Jesus said that He, Himself, would be with us (Matt. 28:20). When He calls, we place Him first. Then He works things out for us for His glory and our joy.
    I have personally chosen to be a Seventh-day Adventist, because they believe all the Bible and their doctrine fits in all details. This choice must be based on our witness. If we are teaching our children not to smoke, we will not likely be successful if we continue the habit and show how we love it. If we continue in a fellowship we know to be teaching error (even unintentional error), we are not bringing glory to Christ by taking our cross and following as He has invited us to.