-Peter writes to those who have obtained a faith equal to his own as an apostle and servant of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1). This faith is based on the righteousness of God and is not earned or merited in any way (2 Peter 1:1b). Because of this, grace and peace can be multiplied to the recipients of this letter in the true and accurate knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 1:2).
-Our calling is real, it gives Divine power, and grants us EVERYTHING we need that pertains to life (abundant life, John 10:10) and godliness through this genuine faith and knowledge of Him, who calls us to His own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3). God gives us His very great and precious promises so that we can become partakers of His Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world (the fallen world) because of sinful desire (2 Peter 1:4, James 1:14-15). Because we are partakers in the Divine nature, growth is expected. We are to add to our faith making every effort in the following areas that Peter points out. We are to grow in virtue (moral excellence, goodness), knowledge (becoming stronger in the wisdom of God, studious, diligent), self-control (self-mastery, not angered easily, cool under pressure), steadfastness (patience, endurance, fortitude), Godliness (piety, uprightness), brotherly love (kindness, compassion), and agape (highest love form) (2 Peter 1:5-7). IF these qualities are ours and increasing, they will keep us from being ineffective (useless, vain) and unfruitful (unproductive) in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (2 Peter 1:8). If these qualities are lacking, we become so nearsighted that we become blind (temporary indulgences) and will forget our cleansing from sin and its power (2 Peter 1:9). Because of this, we must become diligent to confirm our calling and election (2 Peter 1:10). Abiding in constant Christian growth will keep us from falling (2 Peter 1:10b). In this development of moral excellence and virtue by faith and Christ’s righteousness we are provided entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11).
-Peter wants to remind his readers constantly of these qualities. We knows what is at stake and is desperate to impart truth to them before he leaves the natural earth for eternity (2 Peter 1:12-15). *Application* Peter knew his time was limited and so should we. Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today. Don’t be a spiritual procrastinator. Who knows when the Lord will call you home? Be effective, be diligent, be passionate, be on fire!
-The reality of Peter’s message is bound up in the fact that he was an eyewitness of the Majestic Glory (that is Christ Jesus and His transfiguration on the mountain). These are not cleverly devised myths. Jesus came and He had all power. This prophetic Word has been confirmed and everyone will do well to pay attention to it. It will light up your understanding taking you from darkness into illumination dawning with the Morning Star right within our hearts (2 Peter 1:16-19). *Application* Our God is real y’all! We best start acting like its true because it is!
-No prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. No prophecy was ever produced by the will of man. It is ALL God ordained and spoken through the agency of man as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). This is the inspiration of the Word of God. He used common people, like Peter in this instance, to communicate His perfect revelation to mankind for all time and eternity. “The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).” The Word accomplishes all that God wants it to accomplish for redemptive purposes and does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). God works within human personalities to communicate His Divine message to humanity. *Application* Take some time to appreciate the creativity of God and how He reveals Himself to us. Our own interpretation can’t make sense of anything. It takes Him through His Holy Spirit to bring us the Word through the original authors, and His Holy Spirit gives us illumination to understand and unlock the mysteries of His Word in the present. What an awesome God we serve!
Verses to Memorize: 2 Peter 1:3-7, 20-21