1. The real miracle was that Jesus, most of the time, could keep from displaying His glory. You can check these in your browser security settings. i. Fables translates the ancient Greek word mythos. This nearsightedness is destructive of a true Christian experience, and therefore makes advance impossible.” (Morgan), ii. Lesson Plans for 1 Peter Bible Study. , who must be checked for truthfulness. For it deals with precious things, with precious promises, with precious blood, with a precious redemption, with all the preciousness of the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Spurgeon), ii. Instead we should let God be true but every man a liar (Romans 3:4). Pauline Epistles The transfiguration was awesome, but it was a passing experience until they were born again. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. A ship may come in, waterlogged and crazy, just keep afloat by continual working at the pumps; or it may enter with every sail set, her pennon floating at the mast-head. These things come to us through His divine power. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. c. As a light that shines in a dark place: No wonder Peter could say that the prophetic word is confirmed, and that it is as a light that shines in a dark place, something we should cling to until the day dawns and Jesus returns. We should rejoice every time Jesus Christ and His gospel and plan for our lives is preached. General Epistles The Whole Bible i. Instead we should let God be true but every man a liar (Romans 3:4). Jesus showed Peter that he would die a martyr, and he believed it – even if he might have wished it were only symbolic. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, : Even in Peter’s day enemies of Jesus twisted Old Testament prophecies, giving them personal and bizarre meanings attempting to exclude Jesus from their fulfillment. b. – love being the capstone of all God’s work in us. Notice where the natural divisions occur. He could rescue us from hell without even inviting us to be partakers of the divine nature. “Many things are great which are not precious, such as great rocks, which are of little value; on the other hand, many things are precious which are not great-such as diamonds and other jewels, which cannot be very great if they be very precious. Jesus was and is the. b. As well see next time, one result of growing in these godly character qualities is that you will be useful and fruitful in knowing Jesus Christ (2 Pet. At the transfiguration, Jesus was transformed in glory before the apostles, not merely changed in outward appearance. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. But Peter says that prophecy is not of any private interpretation; its meaning is evident and can be confirmed by others. Which you do well to heed: When we consider the prophetic testimony to Jesus, we do well to heed it. i. ii. i. It shows how deeply God loves us and wants to share His life – indeed, even, Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust, of this world. Peter probably did notknow all the people who would read his letter. c. Giving all diligence: These beautiful qualities are not things that the Lord simply pours into us as we passively receive. i. 3. in these things, it is evident to everyone that we are not. Because of this desire to study God’s Word, Peter tells us in the first three verses of chapter 2 that we will grow by laying aside certain things and desiring other things in their place. A ship may come in, waterlogged and crazy, just keep afloat by continual working at the pumps; or it may enter with every sail set, her pennon floating at the mast-head. It is by doing, i. “Such a man sees the things of time, and fails to discern those of eternity … he sees himself and his fellowmen, but not God. Major Prophets This nearsightedness is destructive of a true Christian experience, and therefore makes advance impossible.” (Morgan), ii. We will try knowing ourselves instead of the knowledge of Him. a. Poetical Books As we know God we gain these essentials foundations for salvation and living. To help your study print out the Observation Worksheet on 2 Peter with double spaced text for marking Key Words, making lists, taking notes that you can later transfer to your Bible One may say that this shining glory was not a new miracle, but a pause in an ongoing miracle. It is possible for an unsaved person to do many moral and religious duties. Tents should be taken care of, but you wouldn’t invest large resources into fixing up a tent. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. d. Who called us: This knowledge of God comes to those who are called. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. ii. Continual growth and progress in the Christian life is the sure way to keep from stumbling. ii. i. Some people think the Gospel and the Biblical record are just ancient myths. It was awesome for them to hear. Through these promises, we are partakers of the divine nature. ii. Yet what was once a rebuke became a sweet memory. Church history tells us that Peter did die a martyr, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed him (John 21:18-19). (2Pe 1:8-9) How to use these qualities to measure our Christian walk. (1) Introducing a letter from Peter, to believers. Yet the purpose of the two letters is quite different. 2 Peter Chapter 1. “Taken according to the common translation, it seems to say that, : When we consider the prophetic testimony to Jesus, we. This, the written teaching of the apostles and their associates, is the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20) preserved by God for all generations. The differences in vocabulary between the two letters can be explained by the differences in theme. ii. Yet the experience itself did not transform their lives. ii. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. We never have to doubt any promise of God. was the special name given to him by Jesus, to call this man to “rock-like” thinking and behavior. Giving all diligence: We are partakers of the divine nature, but once we are made spiritual sons and daughters, growth in the Christian life doesn’t just happen to us. “Will your entrance into heaven be like that? It does come through holy men of God– but only as they are moved by the Holy Spirit. He would establish and strengthen us by reminding us of the basics of the Christian life. a. . “The expression God and our Saviour is in a construction in the Greek text which demands that we translate, our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the expression thus showing that Jesus Christ is the Christian’s God.” (Wuest), ii. Instead, we are called to give all diligence to these things, working in partnership with God to add them. Divine power, it is this which guides the marches of the stars of heaven! -------------------- -------------------- Poetical Books “There are two ways of entering a port. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Lord - 2 Pe 1:2, 8, 11, 14, 16, 2 Pe 2:9, 11, 20, 2 Pe 3:2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 18 See discussion on marking key words . c. To those who have obtained like precious faith: Peter wrote to those who had the same salvation he had experienced, which he called “a like precious faith.” This faith was obtained, and not by the efforts of man but by the righteousness of our God. But Peter says they should, He who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, : If we lack these things, it shows we have “eye trouble.” We are, , unable to see God, only ourselves. Peter knows that believers around the world will … Jesus was not merely another or even a better lawgiver or prophet. This means that the promises of God are based upon His glory and virtue, and therefore perfectly reliable because God can never compromise His glory and virtue. 2 Peter 1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of … a. iii. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, it is this which holds up the pillars of the universe, and which one day shall shake them, and hurry all things back to their native nothingness.” (Spurgeon). e. Who called us by glory and virtue: It is Jesus’ glory and virtue that motivated Him to call us, and it is His glory and virtue that draw us to Him. The latter is what the apostle desires for himself and those who addresses. No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation: Even in Peter’s day enemies of Jesus twisted Old Testament prophecies, giving them personal and bizarre meanings attempting to exclude Jesus from their fulfillment. The reason for this condition is also stated; such a one has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. It is knowledge, but it is not mere intellectual understanding or intuition. 2 Peter 1 – The Sure Christian Life A. Professor Peter Stoner has calculated that the probability of any one man fulfilling eight of these prophesies is one in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 17th power). His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, : However, not only grace and peace – but also, all things that pertain to life and godliness, . It is knowledge, but it is not mere intellectual understanding or intuition. For this reason, Christians should never get tired hearing the basics of the Christian life. 2 Peter 2 - NIV: But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. Read 1 Peter through in one sitting. i. As Peter wrote this, we sense the words were still ringing in his ears because at the transfiguration he made the mistake of making Jesus equal with Moses and Elijah, who appeared along with Him. a. ii. We never have to doubt any promise of God. d. Our God and Savior Jesus Christ: The grammar of the ancient Greek demonstrates that Peter said that Jesus Christ is our God and Savior. ii. The fulfillment of the prophetic word confirmed is a certain, reliable testimony of the truth of the Scriptures. There must be sober confirmation of any prophetic word, and that not through another prophetic word but through the Scriptures. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. “Taken according to the common translation, it seems to say that prophecy is a surer evidence of Divine revelation than miracles; and so it has been understood.” (Clarke). 1 Peter Bible Study Guide – Small Group Studies with Discussion Questions A key theme in 1 Peter is suffering. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Like precious faith probably speaks to the fact that the Jews and Gentiles enjoyed the same faith, and therefore the same benefits in Jesus. General Epistles Verse 3:1 declares this to be a second letter but there is no conscio us attempt to imitate 1 Peter. We remember that Simon was his given name at birth; Peter was the special name given to him by Jesus, to call this man to “rock-like” thinking and behavior. For this reason, Christians should never get tired hearing the basics of the Christian life. c. Established in the present truth: Established is the same word translated strengthen in Luke 22:32, when Jesus told Peter “when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Here, Peter fulfilled that command of Jesus. Tents should be taken care of, but you wouldn’t invest large resources into fixing up a tent. Jesus was and is the beloved Son. Perhaps this one has forgotten the great cost of this purging of sin’s dirty stain. 2 Peter 1, The Bible Study New Testament, This commentary, one of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, takes one through the New Testament verse by verse. i. Historical Books It was history, seen by eyewitnesses. (Excepting audio for Lessons 6, 7, and 8.) This, the written teaching of the apostles and their associates, is the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20) preserved by God for all generations. i. I reply, because calling is first to us. Meyer also wrote that the idea of an “abundant entrance” was really a. But the testimony of God’s word about Jesus was even more sure than Peter’s personal experience. This shows that Peter believed that the prophetic words of Jesus were to be fulfilled literally. e. Who called us by glory and virtue: It is Jesus’ glory and virtue that motivated Him to call us, and it is His glory and virtue that draw us to Him. “Far from inventing the subject of their own predictions, the ancient prophets did not even know the meaning of what they themselves wrote. This shows that Peter believed that the prophetic words of Jesus were to be fulfilled literally. Peter wrote the letter probably somewhere between 67 and 68 A.D. i. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. i. Peter considered himself, was more important to him than his status as an, To those who have obtained like precious faith, : Peter wrote to those who had the same salvation he had experienced, which he called “a, probably speaks to the fact that the Jews and Gentiles enjoyed the same, , and therefore the same benefits in Jesus. Watch our overview video on 2 Peter, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. iii. ii. “He tells us too, that faith is ‘precious;’ and is it not precious? There were many occasions, but one probably stuck out in his mind: the transfiguration of Jesus, recorded in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:1-9, and Luke 9:28-36. What stupendous issues are grasped in that term, divine power! Continual growth and progress in the Christian life is the sure way to keep from stumbling. “It was of considerable consequence to the comfort of the Gentiles that these promises were made to them, and that salvation was not exclusively of the Jews.” (Clarke). We will trust in the schemes and plans of men instead of, . It was this which digged the deep foundations of the earth and sea! 1. Entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, : Peter here reminded his readers of the great reward of a, . It shows that we are being conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). It is as if the writers of Scripture “raised their sails” in cooperation with God and the Holy Spirit carried them along in the direction He wished. ii. b. The words barren and unfruitful characterize the lives of many Christians, who lack these qualities because they lack in their knowledge of God, that is, knowing Him relationally in an increasingly fuller and deeper sense. We will trust in the schemes and plans of men instead of the knowledge of Him. This shows that Peter believed that the prophetic words of Jesus were to be fulfilled literally. it. 2. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. -------------------- Church history tells us that Peter, ii. It was awesome for them to hear this voice... from heaven. It is true that we need God alone, but God does not meet us only in our solitude but also in the community of His people. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, Read verse in New International Version They may admire their power as myths, but Peter rightly insisted that his message was no myth. “It was of considerable consequence to the comfort of the Gentiles that these promises were made to them, and that salvation was not exclusively of the Jews.” (Clarke). doesn’t refer to a casual acquaintance. They may admire their power as myths, but Peter rightly insisted that his message was no myth. It should also be that way with those who are the partakers of the divine nature. The words from heaven also clearly put Jesus above the Law and the Prophets. i. This 15 part expository study of 2 Peter was preached at Flagstaff Christian Fellowship in 2009-10. Minor Prophets iii. Luke-Acts Some have said that Peter didn’t write this letter because the subject and style is somewhat different than 1 Peter. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. How did Peter know that shortly I must put off my tent? ii. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. : These beautiful qualities are not things that the Lord simply pours into us as we passively receive. Home >> Bible Studies >> 1 Peter >> 1 Peter 2:1-12 These small group studies of 1 Peter contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point 2 Peter was written toward the end of Peter's life (cf. The apostles and writers of the New Testament have been checked for centuries and have been found truthful. “Convinced that the best antidote for heresy is a mature knowledge of the truth, Peter exhorts his readers to have a proper appreciation for prophecy, to live holy and godly lives while awaiting Christ’s coming and to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.” (Kirby). Professor Peter Stoner has calculated that the probability of any one man fulfilling eight of these prophesies is one in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 17th power). The Gospels a. Of the word self-control, the Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest says the Greeks used this word self-control to describe someone who was not ruled by the desire for sex. This takes a lot of time and hard work. Add to your faith: Literally in the ancient Greek, “Lead up hand in hand; alluding, as most think, to the chorus in the Grecian dance, who danced with joined hands.” (Clarke). (2Pe 1:20-21) Principles for prophetic assurance. 1. The apostles and writers of the New Testament have been checked for centuries and have been found truthful. : In pursuing these things we keep from stumbling. You save your real resources for a more permanent place to live. They examine the concept of grace and peace, which come through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our lord. It is possible for an unsaved person to do many moral and religious duties. iii. The effect was extremely striking; Jesus became so bright in appearance that it was hard to look at Jesus. The Old Testament 2. Perhaps it was because Peter was simply getting old. Peter clearly thought that Jesus was and is our God and Savior. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Some have said that Peter didn’t write this letter because the subject and style is somewhat different than 1 Peter. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point that motivated Him to call us, and it is His, By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, of God that calls us. You save your real resources for a more permanent place to live. to remind people constantly, especially because he knew that the days of his earthly life were soon coming to an end. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. We will trust in the schemes and plans of men instead of the knowledge of Him. Those words from heaven were important because Jesus had just told His disciples that He would have to be crucified and His followers would also have to take up their cross to follow Him (Mark 8:31-38). If these things are yours and abound: If we have these things, and abound in these things, it is evident to everyone that we are not barren nor unfruitful in our knowledge of Jesus. Because He gave Himself on the cross to save you from Gods judgment, you should desire to be useful and fruitful as His blood-bought servant. c. As a light that shines in a dark place: No wonder Peter could say that the prophetic word is confirmed, and that it is as a light that shines in a dark place, something we should cling to until the day dawns and Jesus returns. Cookie Notice: -------------------- His disciples needed this word of assurance to keep their confidence in Jesus and needed to hear that Jesus was still well pleasing to the Father, even though He said He would be crucified. Abound: Some may feel good that these qualities are seen in us from time to time. i. The first thing which you and I can know is our calling: we cannot tell whether we are elect until we feel that we are called. Pentateuch But to be useful and fruitful, you must be growing in godliness, which requires diligent effort. But Peter says that prophecy is not. There must be sober, : It is wrong and invalid to twist prophecy to our own personal meaning, because prophecy does not come from man but from God. of Scripture. For if you do these things you will never stumble: In pursuing these things we keep from stumbling. For if you do these things you will never stumble: In pursuing these things we keep from stumbling. It means an exact, complete, and thorough knowledge. Knowing God is the key to all things that pertain to life and godliness. Yet the experience itself did not transform their lives. The Old Testament For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible It is the knowledge that comes by experience – the experience God’s people have of God Himself. I reply, because calling is first to us. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. i. “It will be asked however, why is calling here put before election seeing election is eternal, and calling takes place in time? I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know. “It will be asked however, why is calling here put before election seeing election is eternal, and calling takes place in time? i. 1 Peter was written to encourage Christians under the threat of violent persecution; 2 Peter was written to warn those same believers of the danger of false teachers and harmful influences. (2Pe 1:15) Peter prepares for the future. d. Our God and Savior Jesus Christ: The grammar of the ancient Greek demonstrates that Peter said that Jesus Christ is our God and Savior. We will try knowing ourselves instead of the knowledge of Him. Only being born again by the Spirit of God did that, giving them boldness beyond measure. General Epistles Knowing God is the key to all things that pertain to life and godliness. 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