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2 Peter

2 Peter

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2 Peter64-67 AD
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Peter lived in Capernaum and there is a belief you can see hishome today (NW edge at the Sea of Galilee). Peter is also knownas Simon Peter and Cephas.Peter’s own brother Andrew brought him to the Lord (John 1).1 and 2 Peter was written around 64-67 AD.We know from 1 Corinthians that Peter was married.
Do we not havethe right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and thebrothers of the Lord and Cephas? – 1 Corinthians 9:5.
We also know thatPeter had a mother in law.
And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, hesaw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. – Matthew 8:14.
Peter’s audience is dispersed Christian Jews.One of the central themes in Peter’s first letter was dealingwith his famous confession from Matthew 16. The Lord asked thedisciples who men said he was and some said John the Baptist,Elijah, and others said Jeremiah. He then asked Peter who hethought he was, and Peter responded that he was the Christ, sonof the living God. The Lord then goes on to say that you arePeter, and on this rock I build my church. In Peter’s secondletter, he will make reference to the Transfiguration fromMatthew 17.Other verses speaking of the rock:
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were allunder the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized intoMoses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; andall drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritualrock which followed them; and the rock was Christ- 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered himfrom the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: "TheLORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, inwhom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is mystronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent men you save me. – 2Samuel 22:1-4.The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!– 2 Samuel 22:47.
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2 Peter
Table of Contents
2 Peter 1-
Make your Calling and Election Sure, Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word3-4
2 Peter 2- False Prophets and Teachers5-62 Peter 3- The Day of the Lord Will Come, Final Words7-9
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2 Peter 1
Greeting, Make your Calling and Election Sure, Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word
Peter starts with his greeting as a servant and doesn’t claim tobe in the hierarchy. Peter continues by saying to make everyeffort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue withknowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-controlwith steadfastness, and steadfastness (patience) with godliness,and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affectionwith love. The first thing is diligence. In the business worldthe concept of due-diligence is important. If we make afinancial investment we are subject to due-diligence to examineall of the possible ramifications of the investment. We have thesame diligence in not just reading and studying the word, butdoing what it tells us. We should be learning more. Peter alsomentions virtue. If we have faith, what should come next? Virtue(moral excellence) is the answer. Virtue brings knowledge andthe understanding of spiritual realities. Knowledge brings selfcontrol. Self control brings patience (steadfastness). Patiencebrings Godliness. Godliness brings brotherly affection meaningspecifically the Christian brotherhood, not that we shouldn’t bekind to non-Christians. With brotherly affection brings love.Peter continues, for if these qualities are yours and areincreasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitfulin the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacksthese qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, havingforgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore,brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling andelection sure, for if you practice these qualities you willnever fail. Therefore I intend to remind you of these qualities,though you know them and are established in the truth that youhave. Peter then elaborates on his experience during theTransfiguration (Matthew 17). The transfiguration wasessentially a staff-meeting discussing the second coming betweenJesus, Moses, and Elijah. Peter, James and John witnessed thismeeting at Mount Pisgah. The foot of Mt. Pisgah was the locationElijah was caught up (2 Kings 11), and where Moses was buried.Peter adds, for we did not follow cleverly devised myths when wemade know to you the power and the coming of our Lord JesusChrist, but we were eyewitnesses to his majesty. Don’t miss thepoint that not only does Peter say the power of Jesus Christ,but his Second Coming. Peter then quotes the Father when hesays, “this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”. TheFather speaks these words in two places. The first instance wasat Bath Bara when John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Second, wasat the Transfiguration. Peter adds, we ourselves heard this veryvoice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holymountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word,to which you will do well to pay attention as a lamp shining ina dark place, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy was3
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