2 PETER 1

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2 Peter 1:5-7 - CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CLINIC

 

2 Peter 1:5-14

DILIGENT!

 

I would like to pay John Kerry, John Edwards, the Democratic Party and Move On.org, a compliment.

 

I would like to pay President Bush, Vice President Cheney, the Republican Party, and the Swift Boat Veterans a compliment.

 

For all of them it is the same compliment.  They are diligent.  They want their candidate to win the presidential election, and they are diligent, doing all they can to win.

 

I’m not saying I agree with all of their tactics.  I’m saying that these highly motivated people are diligently working to achieve their goals.

 

Diligence is a word often foreign to Christians.

It is foreign because we all know that Christians are saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Being diligent does not save anyone.

Notice that salvation is a gift. It is God who does everything necessary to save us.  He only asks that we place our faith in Him as Savior. 2 Peter 1:3-4

 

Here’s the ironic thing.  Although Peter tells us that salvation is the gift of God, and therefore can not be earned, he goes on to tell us that we are to be diligent.   

 

2 Peter 1:5 - And beside this, giving all diligence…

 

Peter is telling us that after the Work of God for salvation is performed in our lives, that we are to be diligent in our service to Christ.  We do not earn salvation, but we are to live Godly lives because we are saved.

 

2 Peter 1:5-14 is a call to diligence. 

 

BE DILIGENT TO ADD – Vss. 5-7

 

Vs. 5 - The word “add” here carries the idea of giving abundant supply.  There are 8 “graces” mentioned here that lead to a Christian’s maturity, and each one is supplied out of the last one.

Out of our faith we are to supply virtue. Out of our virtue we are to supply temperance etc.  As one part of a tree grows out of the other, one grace grows out of the other.  We are to produce them one by one.

 

˜   FAITH

 

As we just stated, we start with faith.  It is faith that saves us.  But it is also faith that must be present throughout all our lives.  Faith is a daily requirement if we are going to please God. Hebrews 11:6, Proverbs 3:5-6, Mark 11:24

 

˜   VIRTUE

 

Virtue is supplied out of our faith.  Virtue is moral excellence.  The Christian who truly trusts Christ as Savior is going to want to please Christ as Lord.  We please our Lord when we are beyond reproach in our behavior and attitudes.

 

The problem with us being virtuous is that we are not.

We are sinners who have failed God.

After we are saved we are still sinners who have been declared righteous by God, but who still need help being virtuous.

 

So, who is the most virtuous person you have ever heard of?

Yes, it is the Lord Jesus Christ.  Wouldn’t it be neat if He could or would live His virtuous life through us?

 

The good news is that through our faith in Christ we can live that life of virtue. Galatians 2:20

 

˜   KNOWLEDGE

As I live a life of virtue, the Lord Jesus Christ living His virtuous life through me, I am to supply or add knowledge.

A continuous reliance on Christ leads to knowing Him better, as I become more intimate in talking to Him and as I trust Him to live virtuously through me.

And the more I trust Him to live through me, the more I will be drawn to the Bible, which His Word.

I can’t really know Jesus well unless I feed on the Word of God. John 5:39

 

˜   TEMPERANCE

 

Temperance is self control.

 

The more intimately I know the Lord Jesus, the more He will control my life.

His total control of my life is the only way I can control things that need to be controlled.

 

˜   PATIENCE

 

Patience is endurance.

Patience is being able to hang in there during bad situations.

Patience is being able to be calm and in control when others rattle your cage.

Patience is not “losing it” when others are “losing it”.

I think you can see that patience is a natural outgrowth of self control.

 

˜   GODLINESS

 

Godliness is piety.

Godliness is acting in a way pleasing to God.

Godliness is acting as God would want you to act.

Is God patient?  Of course he is! Lamentations 3:22-23

The more patient I become, the more like God I become.

God wants me to act like Him! 1 Peter 1:15-16

   

˜   BROTHERLY KINDNESS

 

The more Godly I become, the kinder I will become to my fellow man.

God is kind to all. Matthew 5:44-45

 

As a child of God, I am to be kind to all. Galatians 6:9-10

 

˜   CHARITY

 

The end result of being kind is an attitude of love.

This is agape love, the highest form of love.

It is the type of love that God shows to us.

 

We are to be extremely diligent in supplying each of these qualities in our lives.

 

BE DILIGENT TO AVOID – Vs. 9

   

2 Peter 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.

 

The last thing that a Christian should want to be is Spiritually blind in the sense that He is nearsighted.

The last thing that a Christian should want to be is forgetful that Jesus has purged his old sins.   

 

The person who lacks faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love is blind and forgetful.

 

This person has no spiritual insight.

This person has no spiritual memory.

Such a person has become worldly and unappreciative.

 

BE DILIGENT TO ABOUND – Vss. 8, 10-11

 

Vs. 8 - If we are diligent to add the graces mentioned in verses 5-7, we will also be diligent in abounding in the knowledge of Christ.  We will be very productive.

 

If these graces abound in our lives, we will not be barren.

The word “barren” here means “idle” or “useless”.

How many Christians live lives that are “idle” when it comes to the things of God?

How many Christians spend time developing that which is useless?

There is nothing idle or useless about faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love

 

Also, as these graces abound in the Christian’s life, the Christian will not be unfruitful.

Jesus saved you so you would be fruitful.

Jesus empowers you so you will be fruitful. John 15:8

 

Vs. 10 – We are to be more increasingly diligent to prove that our calling from God, being chosen by Him, is a sure thing.

Who we trying to prove this to? To God!  No! He knows!

 

As we abound in the graces mentioned in verses 5-7, we are showing ourselves that we are truly born again and that we are the “real deal”.

 

We should be concerned if we are not showing evidences of salvation.  

 

Vs. 11 – In school there were times when I just did pass.

              There were other times when I passed with flying

               colors.

The times of passing with flying colors are much more enjoyable.

 

When I go to Heaven, I don’t want it to be by the skin of my teeth.

I don’t want my time of Judgment to be a time of embarrassment and shame. 

I want it to be a time of a warm welcome and the personal approval of my Lord, as is mentioned in this verse.

I want my Lord to say “Well done!” and “Here’s your reward.” 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

 

BE DILIGENT TO ACCEPT – Vss. 12-14   

 

Vs. 12 – Peter describes the job of the preacher in this verse.

He tells his audience that he is going to continue to remind them of these Bible truths.

 

He was going to continue to remind them even though they knew them and though they practiced them.

 

Because we are human, we need continual reminders of what the Word of God says, and preachers need to repeat themselves.  You never know when you or one of your church family need a reminder.  Accept the reminders that the preacher gives even though, to you, it may be old truth.

 

Be thankful when a preacher practices 2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 

Vs. 13 – Peter is simply saying that it is fit or right for him to remind believers to remain faithful as long as he had the opportunity.

Peter wanted to stir Christians up by reminding them.

Accept the fact that those who preach the Word are trying to stir you up.  Respond by allowing them to stir you up.

 

Vs. 14 – Peter knew that his time was limited.  He only had so much time to stir Christians up.  This is true for any preacher.   

 

So it is time to be diligent.

 

BE DILIGENT TO ADD – Vss. 5-7

Faith

Virtue

Knowledge

Temperance

Patience

Godliness

Brotherly Kindness

Love

BE DILIGENT TO ADD – Vss. 5-7

BE DILIGENT TO AVOID – Vs. 9

BE DILIGENT TO ABOUND – Vss. 8, 10-11

BE DILIGENT TO ACCEPT – Vss. 12-14   

 

 

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2 Peter 1:2-4

GREAT RESULTS

 

Here are five great results of knowing God through Christ:

 

GRACE - Vs. 2

PEACE - Vs. 2

LIFE - Vs. 3

GODLINESS - Vs. 3

DIVINE NATURE - Vs. 4

 

 

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1 Peter 1:3-11

CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT

 

Just as a baby develops into adulthood, we as Christians should develop in our Christian lives. 2 Peter 3:18

 

WHAT TO APPRECIATE? - Vss. 3-4 - We are partakers of the "divine nature".

 

WHAT TO ADD? - Vss. 5-7 - These qualities are to be added to our faith:

Virtue

Knowledge

Temperance

Patience

Godliness

Brotherly Kindness

Charity

 

WHAT TO ANTICIPATE - Vs. 8 - Fruitfulness

 

WHAT TO AVOID - Vs. 9 - Forgetfulness

 

WHAT TO ATTEMPT - Vss. 10-11 - Making "your call and election sure"

 

 

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2 Peter 1:5-11

GROWING UP

 

A Christian is to "grow up" in the Lord (2 Peter 3:18).

 

BUILDING BLOCKS - Vss. 5-7

Faith

Virtue (moral excellence)

Knowledge

Temperance (self-control)

Patience

Godliness

Brotherly Kindness

Charity (love)

 

BLESSINGS - Vss. 8, 10-11

If  we do these things, we will not be "barren" or "unfruitful".

If we do these things we will make our "calling and election sure".

If we do these things we will have a victorious entry to "glory".

 

BLINDNESS - Vs. 9

If we fail to add the building blocks, we are "blind, and can not see afar off".

If we fail to add these building blocks, we have forgotten that we have been purged from our old sins.

 

 

 

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2 Peter 1:12-21

FAITHFUL TO THE END

 

Most of us remember Peter as the man who often put his mouth in gear before he engaged his brain!  Peter was the one who denied his Lord three times.  What we might forget is that Peter went on to be a faithful servant of the Lord until the end of his life.  Here are some of Peter's comments about that faithfulness.

 

CURRENT RESPONSIBILITY Vss. 12-13, 15

Peter knew that people needed to be reminded of the truths that they already knew. He wanted them to be so reminded of the truth that they wouldn't forget it after he died.  Praise God for a preacher who continues to remind his people of  the truths which they must never forget!

 

CERTAIN REMOVAL Vs. 14

Peter knew that there would be a day when he went home to be with the Lord.

 

CONCLUSIVE REASONS Vss. 16-21

Peter's faithfulness was based on two things:

 

1. His vision of the Lord Jesus in His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. Vss. 16-18

See Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:27-36

 

2. The Word Of God. Vss. 19-21

 

 

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2 Peter 1:12-21

A GOOD PREACHER

(COMPLETE NOTES)

 

·       Not including anyone present, who are some of the best preachers that you have ever listened to, either live or by way of the media?

·       What makes a good preacher good?

·       What makes a bad preacher bad?

·       Why must we be careful about our evaluation of preachers?

 

Those of you who have studied Acts 2, 3 and 10 know that God made Peter a good preacher.

This passage shows us some of the reasons that Peter was a good preacher.

 

PETER'S METHOD - Vss. 12-13

·       Peter’s method was to remind his hearers of truths which they had already been taught.

·       Does God ever repeat Himself?

·       Is there such a thing as “new Spiritual truth”?

·       How can a preacher repeat himself without being boring?

·       Why is repetition good even though we know certain truths and even practice them?

·       Why do we need to be “stirred up” from time to time?

 

PETER'S MOTIVE - Vss. 13-15

·       What are some positive motives that preachers should have?

·       How should possible death or a change of ministry effect how preachers preach?

·       What does verse 15 tell you about Peter as a pastor?

 

PETER'S MASTER - Vss. 16-18

·       What are some “cunningly devised fables” that are being taught today?

·       What advantage did Peter have over preachers today?

·       According to verse 16, what are some of the things that Peter was preaching about?

 

     1 Peter 1:13 - Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the

     grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 

 

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2 Peter 1:12-21

PASTORAL CLINIC

 

1.  A PASTOR IS TO REMIND – Vss. 12-13

2.  A PASTOR IS TO REMEMBER – Vs. 14 (Ministry is temporary.)

3.  A PASTOR IS TO REINFORCE – Vs. 15

4.  A PASTOR IS TO RELY – Vss. 16-21 (On a more sure word of prophecy.)

 

Note – Points 1 and 3 could be combined either under the word “remind” or “reinforce”.

 

 

 

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