2 Peter 1 Sermon

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2 Peter 1 Sermon

  1. 1. Peter’s second epistle (CHAPTER 1) Enduring faithfulness
  2. 2. The grand theme <ul><li>Knowledge (7x), Known (3x), Knowing (3x), Know (2x), Knoweth (1x) = total 16 appearances </li></ul>“ Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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: 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. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge ; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 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.” ( 2 Peter 1 v 2-8 )
  3. 3. Peter’s two epistles
  4. 4. Study recap <ul><li>Peter’s 1 epistle –primarily about an external enemy ( Nero’s oppression ) </li></ul><ul><li>Peter’s 2 epistle - primarily about an internal enemy ( apostasy ) </li></ul><ul><li>The subtlety of false teaching – the only remedy is applied knowledge </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>&quot;For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths,&quot; ( 2 Tim. 4:3-4 ). </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>33 AD – Jesus Crucified </li></ul><ul><li>68 AD – Peter and Paul executed </li></ul><ul><li>315 AD – Constantine Converts after the Battle of the Mulvian Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>316 AD –Edict of Milan (a legal religion) </li></ul><ul><li>328 AD – Council of Nicea </li></ul><ul><li>384 AD – The co-emperors Gratian and Theodosius publish their edict that the doctrine of the Trinity is  to be the official state religion. </li></ul><ul><li>413 AD – Rome is Sacked </li></ul><ul><li>479 AD – Last Western Emperor – Romulus Augustus </li></ul>EARLY CHURCH HISTORY
  7. 7. The epistle shape
  8. 8. Chapter 1
  9. 9. Chapter 1
  10. 10. We are saved by grace, through faith, in baptism, for good works The early persecuted Church Teaching
  11. 11. The early persecuted Christian's teachings & practices GRACE SYSTEM OF SALVATION Grace = Source Faith = Means Baptism = Occasion Good works = Results
  12. 12. GRACE CAUSE OF SALVATION 1. GOD IS HOLY 2. GOD IS LOVE (AGAPE)
  13. 13. faith TWO MAIN components: 1. Assent – belief (paniniwala), mind – reason 2. Trust – relationship (pagtitiwala), heart – person
  14. 14. The early persecuted Christian's teachings & practices Grace = Cause/Content/System Faith = Means Baptism = Occasion or Time Good works = Results
  15. 15. Chapter 1
  16. 16. James A. Garfield – 20 th President of the United States <ul><li>Highly educated – he could simultaneously write in Latin with one hand, and Greek with the other. </li></ul><ul><li>At age 26, Garfield became president of Hiram College. A man asked if his son could short-cut his education. &quot;The boy can never take all that in. He wants to get through quicker. Can you arrange it?&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. James A. Garfield – 20 th President of the United States <ul><li>Garfield: “Yes. He can take a short course. It depends on what you want to make of him. When God wants to make an oak, he takes a 100 years, but he takes only 2 months to make a squash.” </li></ul>
  18. 18. THE GROWING PROCESS
  19. 19. The Four (4) Soils The parable of the Sower Mark 4 PROCESS = HOW
  20. 20. The Path <ul><li>Hard-packed ground </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No penetration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Birds eat seed </li></ul><ul><li>people hear the message don’t understand it </li></ul><ul><li>the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their hearts. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Rocky Ground <ul><li>Thin layer of soil above rocks </li></ul><ul><li>Sprouts early but fades </li></ul><ul><li>Hear the word and receive it with joy. </li></ul><ul><li>When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Thorns & Weeds <ul><li>Seed planted in good soil </li></ul><ul><li>Good seed not alone </li></ul><ul><li>Weeds choke out </li></ul><ul><li>People who hear the word </li></ul><ul><li>Worries of this life, deceitfulness of wealth make it unfruitful </li></ul>
  23. 23. Fertile Ground <ul><li>Good soil </li></ul><ul><li>Seed produces bountiful harvest </li></ul><ul><li>People who hear the word & understand </li></ul><ul><li>Produce a crop, yielding a 100, 60, or 30 times what was sown </li></ul>
  24. 29. <ul><li>Good soil </li></ul><ul><li>Seed produces bountiful harvest </li></ul><ul><li>People who hear the word & understand </li></ul>Fertile Ground
  25. 30. Linear growing process
  26. 31. Cyclical growing process
  27. 32. Privilege & action <ul><li>And beside this </li></ul><ul><li>Amplified Bible, ESV, NRSV, NKJV, RSV, Weymouth: “For this very reason” </li></ul>2 Peter 1 v 2-5 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. 5 And beside this , giving all diligence , add to... Diligence Gk. spoude = speed; this word is translated “haste” in both Mark 6 v 25 & Luke 1 v 39 i.e. we need to maintain a sense of urgency to grow
  28. 33. James A. Garfield – 20 th President of the United States <ul><li>The first preacher to serve as President. </li></ul><ul><li>A minister and elder for the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches in Ohio in the years before the rift in the Campbell-Stone movement. </li></ul><ul><li>He left the eldership in Mentor, Ohio, &quot;I resign the highest office in the land to become President of the United States.” </li></ul>
  29. 34. ‘ Humus’ Humble – to be brought low
  30. 35. The Pinnacle of the process of growth <ul><li>This growth happens in parallel (not strictly sequential), cp. the growth of a plant </li></ul><ul><li>However, the pinnacle of this process is charity or love </li></ul>2 Peter 1 v 5-7 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. 2 Peter 3 v 18 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 1 v 5-7 (Weymouth) 5 But for this very reason--adding, on your part, all earnestness-- along with your faith, manifest also a noble character: along with a noble character, knowledge; 6 along with knowledge, self-control; along with self-control, power of endurance; 7 along with power of endurance, godliness; along with godliness, brotherly affection; and along with brotherly affection, love.
  31. 36. The 8 characteristics produced in the maturity stage
  32. 37. The desired outcome <ul><li>Parallel idea – if our growth abounds then we will receive abundance </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cannot see afar off” = Gk. muopazo = near-sighted, short-sighted (Eng. myopic, myopia)  obsession with present things (contrast Heb. 11 v 13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Forgotten... he was purged” – if we forget the cleansing effect of the atonement then we too may become complacent / self-reliant </li></ul>2 Peter 1 v 8-11 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.
  33. 38. Chapter 1
  34. 39. Jeremiah 23:29 <ul><li>29 Does not my word burn like fire ?”       says the LORD.    “Is it not like a mighty hammer       that smashes a rock to pieces? </li></ul>

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