II Peter 1

April 26, 2018

"Whoa!"  That's my response every time I read this opening chapter of Peter's second epistle to the Church.  For anyone who might feel down or discouraged today.  For every believer who might be struggling with their self image, and feeling like a failure instead of a conqueror, just read this chapter!

Peter begins by addressing his letter to those of "like precious faith".  That's you and me!  If we have placed our faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior and Lord, then Peter equates OUR faith with that of HIS and the Apostles.  If you somehow feel your faith to be inadequate for the task, Peter declares "not so!"  Just believe, and you can have the same access to the promises of God that the Apostles did.  Whoa!

As if all this wasn't enough, Peter continues by revealing that the same Holy Ghost which empowered the Apostles also empowers each of us who have been baptized by the Spirit of the Living God.  His Spirit in us provides us ALL things we will ever need to be spiritually successful in this life.  Not some things some of the time, but ALL things, All of the time!  Whoa!

He then proclaims that because the promise of Christ's Spirit dwells in us, we become partakers of His divine nature.  Wait.  Stop.  Peter, this is too much. Surely he's exaggerating just a bit.  No, just the opposite.  He's attempting to get through to us just how important and changed we are in the sight of the Lord!  The Holy Ghost in us changes us to become like Christ Himself!

You are NOT nobody.  You are a SOMEBODY in Christ Jesus!  With His Spirit in you, you are more than a conqueror.  You are a child of God, and if you are alive and awake this morning to read this, then He gives you the power and ability to take on another day in the Name of Jesus!

Devil, look out!  Here we come!

II Peter 1:1-21 (KJV) 

Growth promised by God's grace

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,
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. 

Peter exhorts his readers to make their calling certain, by faith and other virtues

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. 

of which he takes special care to remind them, knowing that his own death is at hand

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. 

He warns them to be constant in the faith of Christ, the true Son of God

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.
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. 

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Comments 4

Hal Tomlinson
Hal Tomlinson on Saturday, 05 May 2018 07:49

This charged me up! Whoa!!

This charged me up! Whoa!!
Janette Tomlinson
Janette Tomlinson on Friday, 04 May 2018 20:11

Very encouraging Bro David. A dose of just what I needed. Thank you.

Very encouraging Bro David. A dose of just what I needed. Thank you.
Jennifer Luttman
Jennifer Luttman on Friday, 04 May 2018 12:14

So uplifting Bro. Corbitt!! Just what I needed.

So uplifting Bro. Corbitt!! Just what I needed.
Christine K
Christine K on Sunday, 29 April 2018 07:56

Reminds me of the song the King's Messengers sing, "I'm a Child of the King"! Thank you Jesus!

Reminds me of the song the King's Messengers sing, "I'm a Child of the King"! Thank you Jesus!
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