Week Twenty Six – blue plate special

Monday

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4

“We Have Everything”

“Potential” by definition is having capacity, force or power.  All believers have the potential to live a holy and godly life.  We are told in this passage that we have everything we need so that we may participate in the divine nature and escape worldly corruption.  Remember the promise of 1 Peter 1:3 & 4“A new birth into a living hope…an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you.”  Remember the promise of Ephesians 1:19 – He grants us “His incomparable great power to us who believe.”  We have many promises like this throughout the scriptures as well as the assurance that the Holy Spirit will guide us and intercede for us according to God’s will (Romans 8:14, 27).

SO WHY DO WE FAIL TO EXPERIENCE THE FULLNESS OF THESE PROMISES?  Because, we are in the way as long as we won’t abandon ourselves to Him in total surrender.  God will not fully reveal Himself to us if we do not submit by our free will.

Surrender involves:

1). Surrender for deliverance:  Philippians 4:19 says “And my God shall supply all your needs.”  GOD IS TOTALLY SUFFICIENT.
2). Surrender for devotion: Matthew 16:24 says, “If any one would come after me, he must deny himself.”  GOD DESERVES TO BE #1.
3). Surrender to death: Romans 6:5 says we must put all things aside and have the MIND OF THE LORD.
#Acknowledge these issues daily and commit to the Lord!


Tuesday

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure,  they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

“Outer Qualities”

In the passage we studied yesterday (2 Peter 1:3-4), we have been assured that we have everything (lacking nothing) that we need to live a holy and godly life.  As a result of surrendering ourselves (progressively), then our lives will change radically internally.  The results of this inner change will manifest itself externally.

The foundation of all these qualities is faith based on the promises of our Lord.  The rest of these qualities are visible to you and me.  These characteristics do not just appear in full measure in our lives one day.  We are encouraged to work on them.  This is “working out your salvation.”

If our lives are characterized by these qualities, we will be successful: EFFECTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE.  2 Peter 1:10-11 says, “For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord.”  However, there is a solemn warning if we do not display these qualities – showing that we are conformed to the world: “But if anyone does not have them, he is near sighted and blind.” (2 Peter 1:9).  Therefore, our connection with God is characterized by the presence or absence of these godly characteristics.  If something is wrong, check your relationship with God.

# “It is a very important consideration that we are consecrated and dedicated to God. It means that we will think, speak, meditate, and do all things with a view to God’s glory.” John Calvin –see Romans 12:2


Wednesday

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but man spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21

“Inspiration of Scripture”

The Bible is God’s inspired word.  To be consistent you must believe all of it or none of it.  There is no middle ground.  We cannot pick and choose what we believe.  “Inspired” is defined as “God breathed”—that is God spoke through men.  The parallel passage which we have already studied is 2 Timothy 3:16.  “All scripture is God-breathed (inspired).”  Note that 2 Timothy 3:16 and our current passage 2 Peter 1:20-21 uses the words “all scripture” and “no prophecy of scripture.”  These statements leave no room for equivocation.  They are all-inclusive.

Jesus, throughout the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) teaches from the Old Testament.  He legitimizes the truth of Jonah and the fish in Matthew 12:39-41.  Paul uses examples of Old Testament saints throughout the New Testament.  For example, Romans 4:3 tells us, “What does the scripture say?  Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  Look at 2 Peter 3:15-16.  Peter agrees with Paul’s writing.  Therefore, the Bible as we have it is closely interconnected.  The Holy Spirit officiated over all the written word.  Also, Peter legitimizes his writings by stating that he was an EYE WITNESS.

There are stern warnings with regard to the addition or subtraction to/from scripture: See Deuteronomy 12:32, Galatians 1:9.  Revelation 22:18 says “If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book!”

#THE BIBLE IS OUR HANDBOOK.


Thursday

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.  It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 2 Peter 2:20-21</4>

“Solemn Warning”

We are bought at a tremendous price: God sent His only Son to dwell on earth and die for us.  On the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection, sin has been conquered.  THIS IS OUR LIVING HOPE.  It should not be taken lightly.  We are expected to exemplify the qualities listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, love.  We need to check our connection with God if these qualities are not present in full measure.  Remember 2 Corinthians 5:10: “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ…”  We must explain how we spent our lives.  The Lord is righteous and all behavior (works) that are not pure will be destroyed and we will suffer loss.

If we know the right way and get off track, we suffer because we have experienced the righteous path.  We have experienced the correct way and know the benefits of doing things God’s way.  The fear of judgment and the knowledge of the correct way should be sobering.

Obedience is not optional.  We are reminded in 2 Peter 1:9 that if we do not display godly characteristics, that we are near sighted and blind – having forgotten that we were cleansed from sin.

#Application: Stop and consider these things.  Be sober and alert.  Do not conform to the world.  STAND APART!


Friday

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you.  I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 2 Peter 3:1-2

“Wholesome Thinking”

The purpose of 1 and 2 Peter is to stimulate “wholesome thinking.”  Peter wants to remind his readers of what was spoken in the past by the prophets and in the present by the apostles.  He teaches therefore that the Old Testament and New Testament are both to be heeded.  Even though we now don’t abide by the Law and compulsory sacrifices, these were important to foreshadow the new covenant in Jesus.  Hebrews 10:1 says, “The Law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves.”

Peter reminds us also that scoffers will come in the end times.  See 2 Peter 3:3.  But never fear because the Lord’s promises will come to fruition.  His timetable is different than ours.  “With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day.”  2 Peter 3:8

The day of the Lord will come.  The righteous will be rewarded and the unrighteous will be condemned.  THEREFORE, we should live in light of this guaranteed future.  “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.” 2 Peter 3:14.

# “The Christian faith begins not with a big DO, but with a big DONE. It begins from rest…We are invited at the very outset therefore to rest and enjoy what God has done: not trying to attain it ourselves.” Watchman Nee