2 Peter (part 2)

2peter (Part2) – make your calling & election sure

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

 

  1. 1.       INTRODUCTION – LAST WEEK WE BEGAN OUR SERIES ON 2PETER. WE CONTINUE THIS WEEK. I DETECT A SENSE OF URGENCY IN PETER’S 2ND EPISTLE. THE LORD HAS SHOWN HIM THAT HE WILL NOT BE HERE LONG…HE WAS PUT TO DEATH BY EMPEROR NERO IN JUNE 68 AD. PETER IN CONCERNED THAT THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS LETTER WHICH FOLLOWED HIS 1ST EPISTLE MAKE THEIR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE AND THAT THEY BECOME EVER MORE FRUITFUL AND PRODUCTIVE IN KINGDOM WORK. AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE TO HEAR JESUS SAY “WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT…“ SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE, YET YOU WILL SEE THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS. PAUL: PHIL 2:12 “WORK OUT YOU OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE.“  WE WORK OUT WHAT GOD WORKS INTO US.2.       READ:  2PETER 1:3-11 (NIV) (TEXT:  2PETER 1:5-11 (NIV)

    3.       LAST WEEK, IN VS 3-4 WE FOUND THAT

    4.       HE HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE & GODLINESS

    Ÿ  DIVINE POWER IN US IS RELEASED THROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST (KNOWLEDGE: EPIGINOSIS: FULL KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST)

Ÿ  PAUL DESIRE WAS TO KNOW HIM AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION

Ÿ  THE SAME POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD IS WORKING IN US TO REPRODUCE HIS NATURE IN US..

5.       HE HAS GIVEN US GREAT AND AWESOME PROMISES

Ÿ  HE PROMISED: NEVER TO LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US, NEVER TO GIVE US TOO MUCH TO BEAR, TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR US, TO RETURN FOR US AND TO COMPLETE AND PERFECT THAT GOOD WORK WHICH HE IS DOING IN US.

Ÿ  THROUGH ACTIVELY BELIEVING AND APPROPRIATING THESE PROMISES WE PARTAKE OR PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE; WE BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS!

Ÿ  AND WE ESCAPE THE CORRUPTION OF THE WORLD THROUGH LUST (EVIL DESIRES)

6.       WE APPROPRIATE HIS GIFTS/PROMISES BY FAITH

Ÿ  IT ALL BEGINS WITH FAITH: SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST

7.       VS 5 IN THE NIV “BEGINS “AND FOR THIS VERY REASON MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADD TO OUR FAITH GOODNESS…THIS VERY REASON REFERS TO “HIS GREAT & PRECIOUS PROMISES”  VS 4.

8.       WE ARE TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADD TO OUR:

Ÿ  FAITH – GOODNESS (VIRTUE, MORAL GOODNESS)

Ÿ  TO OUR VIRTUE – KNOWLEDGE (OF GOD, HIS WORD, HIS WAYS, 2TIM 2:15)

Ÿ  TO OUR KNOWLEDGE – SELF-CONTROL

Ÿ  TO OUR SELF-CONTROL – PERSEVERANCE

Ÿ  TO OUR PERSEVERANCE – GODLINESS

Ÿ  TO OUR GODLINESS – BROTHERLY KINDNESS

Ÿ  TO BROTHERLY KINDNESS – LOVE (AGAPE, GOD’S LOVE, LOVE THAT ACTS: GOOD SAMARITIAN)

9.       CHARACTERISTICS OF THESE VIRTUES (QUALITIES)

Ÿ  THEY ARE BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF FAITH: FAITH IN GOD; FAITH IN HIS PROMISES!

Ÿ  OF THIS LIST:  FAITH, GOODNESS, SELF-CONTROL, PERSEVERANCE, KINDNESS, LOVE ALSO LISTED IN GAL 5:22-23 AS FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Ÿ  THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT COME FROM ABIDING IN CHRIST; SPIRIT CONTROLLED LIFE

Ÿ  EACH VIRTUE IS INTERDEPENDENT UPON THE OTHERS

Ÿ  THEY ARE COLLECTIVELY A MEASURE OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Ÿ  EACH ONE IS IMPORTANT & NECESSARY

Ÿ  LOVE IS THE CAPSTONE (1COR 13:13)

Ÿ  WE MAKE OUR CALLING & ELECTION SURE BY LIVING A SPIRIT CONTROLLED LIFE.

CONCLUSION – VS 8 – 9:  IF WE POSSESS THESE QUALITIES IN INCREASING MEASURE THEY KEEP YOU FROM BEING INEFFECTIVE & UNPRODUCTIVE IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.  POSSESSING THESE IN INCREASING MEASURE MEANS WE ARE GROWING SPIRITUALLY; EXHIBITING THE DIVINE NATURE; THE NATURE OF JESUS; WE DEMONSTRATING THE GRACE OF GOD TOWARD OTHERS, BUT  IF WE DON’T POSSESS THEM WERE ARE NEARSIGHTED AND BLIND, FORGETTING THAT WE HAVE BEEN CLEANSED FROM OUR PAST SINS. (COL 3:1-10 NIV)

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