Showing posts with label 2 Peter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2 Peter. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2 Peter 3

Peter reminds them that scoffers will come, asking about the second coming of Jesus Christ. They will say that the world continues as it always was. They are forgetting the fact that God’s judgment has already been poured out on the earth once before, in the time of Noah.

With the Lord, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night – earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Paul recommends holy and godly living in anticipation of a new heaven and new earth.
2 Peter 3:3 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
The patience of our Lord is salvation. Paul has also written to us these things, though some have distorted them. Do not be led away by the error of wickedness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

2 Peter 2

Peter now warns about false teachers and false prophets. False prophets secretly bring in destructive heresies. Many will follow their depraved conduct, bringing disrepute to the way of truth.
2 Peter 2:3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
Peter makes it clear to his readers not to underestimate the powers of God. Citing numerous examples from the Holy Scriptures, he proved that God knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous in punishment on the day of judgement.

Peter describes false prophets in greater detail. In their arrogance, they slander and blaspheme spiritual matters which they don't even understand. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.

It would have been better for them if they had never known righteousness, than to have known it and then turn their backs on the sacred commands passed on to them.

2 Peter 1

Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ sends his greetings of grace and peace.

He assures his readers that they have everything they need for their life and godliness through their knowledge of God. It is the best invitation we ever received - our ticket to participate in the life of God after escaping the corruption of the world.

Peter is giving us a road-map of how to receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Peter is soon expected to put off his tent (die), and he writes these things so that people may be reminded of them after his death. Peter witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus and heard the voice, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

We have the prophetic word confirmed, which we are told to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts. True interpretation of scripture is not personal, but comes from the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.