Peter fought a personal battle in the
Great Controversy, so he can teach us
how to deal with everyday battle
1. Chosen to be holy. 1 Peter 2:9-10.
2. Confronting problems:
Saints among unbelieving. 1 Peter 4:1-7.
Facing up to scoffers. 2 Peter 3:3-7.
3. Living in holiness:
How to live our faith. 2 Peter 1.
Waiting for His Coming. 2 Peter 3:8-14.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own
special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out
of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are
now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained
mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
The Church is a special people like Israel was while travelling to
the Promised Land (Ex. 19:6, Dt. 7:6; 14:2).
1. Chosen to be holy.
2. Bought by God at the cross.
3. Saved from our sinful life by divine
We are not a special people because we are perfect
people, but because God has chosen us. We can be sure
we walk in his “marvelous light” because we accept that
choice, we feel our need for redemption and we believe
we are fully dependent on God.
“In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with
them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.” (1 Peter 4:4)
Peter invites us to think like Jesus
does and to break off with sin
(1P. 4:1 NIV).
Some sins are “socially accepted”, so
we may be rejected by our friends
and mates when we want to stop
taking part on those things.
They cannot understand why we
think and act like that, so they insult
us. They accuse us of being weak or
ignorant, and they try to make us
take part on those sins again.
Peter’s advice in that case is to “be serious
and watchful in your prayers.” (1P. 4:7).
Some lustful brothers try to get rid of guilt
from their sinful minds, so they can sin
without problems. They make fun of God’s
They act like the serpent in Eden; they
deny Jesus’ affirmation, “I will come again”
Peter states that they “willfully forget”
(2P 3:5) how God acted in the past and
how He will in the future.
In the beginning, God created the heavens
and the earth—which came from water
and was destroyed by water. In the future,
God will destroy this earth with fire after
He comes back (2P. 3:5-7).
“knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according
to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since
the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of
creation.’” (2 Peter 3:3-4)
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you
do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place,
until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your
hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)
Peter was a witness of Jesus’ glory (2P. 1:16-18). That
experience was confirmed by the prophecies about the
Messiah that Jesus fulfilled (Luke 24:27).
Peter said that we must fully trust that “prophetic word”
that was inspired by the Holy Spirit and not invented by
When we study the Word, It leads us
into a special lifestyle. We became
“partakers of the divine nature” and
we flee from this world’s decay
Likewise, our live will evolve from faith
to love. We will reflect virtue,
knowledge, self-control, patience and
brotherly love (2P. 1:5-7).
“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought you to be in holy
conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the
coming of the day of God, because of which the
heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the
elements will melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:11-12)
The Controversy between good and evil is not eternal. It will end soon. Everything
we know today will be destroyed and God will re-create this Earth.
With this in mind, how should we live this life? Peter summarized the “holy conduct
and godliness” in one word; “blameless” (2P. 3:14).
Sin and stains shouldn’t be
found in our lives. We must live
like Christ did.
By the Holy Spirit’s power we
can “grow in the grace and
knowledge of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.” (2P. 3:18).
“In order to manifest the character of God,
in order that we may not deceive ourselves,
the church, and the world by a counterfeit
Christianity, we must become personally
acquainted with God. If we have fellowship
with God, we are His ministers, though we
may never preach to a congregation. We are
workers together with God in presenting
the perfection of His character in
E.G.W. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, section 1, cp. 1, pg. 13)
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