The 2nd Epistle of Peter
This epistle of Peter is very similar to the book of Jude, in that it deals with the end of the world as we know it, using three distinct phrases: the last days; the day of Judgment; and the day of God.
It’s written around 30 years after the crucifixion of our Lord.
2nd Peter 1:1 PETER 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:
To them that have obtained like precious faith with us. To those of us that have attained equally precious faith, those who believe, through faith, the truth of the Word of God.
In this day and age, it’s difficult to believe some of what we see sometimes, what with PhotoShop and other pixel-manipulating software, inserting someone’s head where it should not be or a background which doesn’t represent actual fact.
The Bible, on the other hand, has been handed down with the least amount of errors as humanly possible so when we place our faith in those words contained therein, we can be certain that the Holy Spirit has been in control throughout that process, and we can be certain that we are not being misled.
What a tragedy it would be for our Father to allow us to believe something that was not entirely true. And I’m talking about the King James Bible here, not some of these newer translations. They may be easier to read but they are not true to the MSS in all places.
And, in the event that there are errors in the printed Scriptures, Father will not hold us accountable for believing in them, inasmuch, as we weren't the originators of those errors.
2nd Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
The knowledge of our Father and our Lord should bring peace to our minds. In a world fraught with deception and lies, the only comfort we can receive will come from our Father and the Lord. The only way to “know” our Father is to read about Him in that Book He gave us.
You’ll notice that it specifies God AND our Lord. You can read of the works of our Father in the Old Testament and the works of our Lord in the New Testament. It’s impossible to please someone without knowing what they expect of you and the same applies to our Father.
You know it as well as I do, that the world and the people in it will always let you down and if we can’t believe and depend on our Father, we are no more than a hopeless mess. And if that isn’t a mess, it’ll do until a real mess gets here.
2nd Peter 1:3 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:
There it is again….knowledge of Him. Everything that we need to know on how to live this life and to be pleasing to our Father is contained in that holiest of books.
2nd Peter 1:4 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.
A Book that is full of promises and prophesies fulfilled or yet to be fulfilled.
Why is it that the very things that please human nature are against the divine nature of our Father? Because human flesh is sin and sin corrupts even the best of intentions and people. The gifts of Satan, being so pleasant to the touch, lusting after the forbidden and receiving them so satisfying.
It’s all right, no one will ever know is Satan’s mantra, his promise of safety. What’s that old saying?
“What’s done in the dark will soon come to light.”
That’s the way that man says it, this is the way our Lord says it…
Ref: Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. KJV
We can escape Satan’s grip only through the strength of our Lord and Savior.
2nd Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
Faith is moral conviction of righteous truth; virtue is valor or excellence; knowledge is to know our Father and His love.
2nd Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
Temperance is self control; patience is cheerful hopefulness; godliness is piety and reverence.
2nd Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Kindness is love; charity is benevolence.
2nd Peter 1:8 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.
For the third time….knowledge of our Lord…
If all these traits are a part of you, you will be blessed and loved by our Lord.
2nd 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.
But he that lacketh these things is blind. Absence of these traits makes for a hard life, one not visited by our Lord. A person that lives their life in such a manner probably never repents of their sins. Sin has become a part of living, a way of living.
There is no spiritual awareness, only worldly things matter.
2nd Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Adding those things above to your faith, along with diligence in gathering knowledge of Him, means that you will never fail spiritually. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Or do you think that wealth and power and accumulating the things of Satan’s world is more important?
Take a minute and look around at your family and friends, what do they want out of life? Look at what they strive for and the things that they have, that will tell you where their head is at. Do they look satisfied at what they have or what they’ve accomplished?
Or are they uneasy, finding no peace. Then take a good look at your self.
2nd Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Live your life in such a way that it pleases our Father and He will open the door to heaven for you.
2nd Peter 1:12 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.
Peter is telling you that you already knew these things, he’s just bringing them up again to remind you of them.
2nd Peter 1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
The root word of meet means that it’s right…
✡ Meet_ NT:1342 dikaios (dik'-ah-yos); from NT:1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication, innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively):
✡ Root Word_ NT:1349 dike (dee'-kay); probably from NT:1166; right (as self-evident), i.e. justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution):
He thinks that it’s right that while living in this earthly body, he puts us in mind of these things again.
2nd Peter 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
According to the traditions of the early church, about 67-68 AD, Peter was crucified, with his head downward, not feeling worthy to be crucified with his head up, as was our Lord’s crucifixion. But here, apparently, Peter knew that his time was short.
It’s also traditionally thought that St. Paul was martyred around the same time. There is no evidence to support this, other than maybe from Josephus.
2nd Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
So, Peter is going to take the time to remind people of certain things before he dies so that they can always be remembered.
2nd Peter 1:16 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.
This word coming referring to the second coming/return of our Lord.
The life and times of our Lord was not some cleverly concocted tale because they walked and talked with Him. Peter was, after all, the first Apostle.
2nd Peter 1:17 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.
Father declared this to His Son immediately after His baptism by John..
Ref: Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. KJV
2nd Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Peter, James and John were the disciples that were with Him when they heard to voice of our Father.
2nd Peter 1:19 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:
This dark place is the nether world, the microworld of the unseen.
The day star is our Lord….
Ref: Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. KJV
2nd Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
Man’s interpretation of prophesy comes from the Holy Spirit, not man.
2nd Peter 1:21 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. KJV
Prophesy came from the Holy Spirit, the words were only penned by man.
By holy men of God. Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others.
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__29 September 2017__