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HOLINESS AND DIVINE BLESSINGS

  Holiness and divine blessings       In this epistle the apostle called himself Simon Peter but the introduces himself as a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ. He is writing to them that obtained like precious faith but then he says with us through righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ. The key verb is they all received Jesus Christ into their hearts and were living for God. This is the group the apostle is writing to so Peter desired grace and peace be multiplied to them. How is grace multiplied to us as Christians? It is through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Jesus Christ is our God of divine power and has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Notice this is the second time Peter urges us to obtain knowledge of God through Jesus Christ and we are only at the third verse. God desires much for His children because we have been called to glory and virtue but at th

ADDING GRACE TO GRACE AND ABOUNDING IN THE LORD

  Adding grace to grace and abounding in the Lord       After the apostle Peter finishes explaining to us that now as Christians we escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust he tells us how to live. I will be going over one of the most popular set of verses in the entire Bible. The very first thing Peter writes is before engage in all these spiritual practices be diligent. I look at my life and my job is very difficult because we do so much in one day that our body starts to move faster than our minds. As I read this passage I would be well spiritually if I practiced these biblical truths with all diligence.   We are to add to our faith virtue and to virtue knowledge. It is like the apostle Peter is saying put a little effort in your relationship with Jesus Christ and other people. And to knowledge temperance and to temperance patience and to patience godliness. It is like Peter is saying we need self control. And to godliness brotherly kindness and to kindness charity.

A REVIEW AND PERSONAL TESTIMONY FROM PETER

A review and personal testimony from Peter Peter writes I do not desire you to be negligent of these that I told you; however, he acknowledges that you already know these biblical truths but he wanted them engaging in these practices present tense. I can not even count the number of Christians that got redeemed through the shed blood of Jesus Christ past tense but really do not want to live for the Lamb of God who died for their sins. Remember Peter reminds his listeners in 2nd Peter 1:4 ... "Having escaped the corruption that in the world through lust." Peter then says as long as I am living I want to stir you up in remembrance on the narrow path to heaven in my earthly body. The apostle Peter knew that shortly he must put off this tabernacle or die. He remembered Jesus Christ personally told Peter when He (Jesus) was living that Peter would be crucified. I have this feeling inside of me that the main reason Peter denied Jesus Christ three times is because he was afraid of b

THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD

  The Bible is the inspired word of God The apostle Peter writes about us Christians having a more sure word of prophecy. Then he builds upon that foundation explaining to his readers that we would do well to take heed like a light that shineth in a dark place until the day dawn and the day star arise in our hearts. I am not going to give to much of an introduction because there is much to these three verses that I will be going over with this fine internet audience after I quote the original passage that I will be going over in the Bible. Peter goes on to write knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. One person can not stand up and say, "I know and nobody else knows what this biblical passage means" so if you see or hear this run the other way. In verse twenty one which is the last verse I will be going over the apostle writes prophecy came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Ho

SQUIRMING IS BETTER THAN BURNING

Squirming is better than burning       Although Lot initially was very taken in by big city living when he saw the constant sin in Sodom and Gomorrha the Bible says that God took him out of this land as judgment was coming down on the city. He was very vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. That means he was troubled in his heart. He was a righteous man dwelling among them but he saw and heard evil all the time and this vexed his righteous soul from day to day because of their unlawful deeds before God.   The vexing of our souls is very painful. Peter then gives a very practical solution to sin by writing the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations. He also knows how to reserve the unjust into the day of judgment to be punished. A true believer in Jesus Christ will struggle with his sins but an unbeliever will not because for all practical purpose they are not answering to God. When Peter writes He knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations this implies

KNOWING THE LORD AND STAYING WITH HIM !

  Knowing the Lord and staying with Him       The apostle Peter continues by writing that people tend to forsake the right way and go astray. He uses an example in the Old Testament of people following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor who loved the wages of unrighteousness. This is another way of saying he loved his sin.   This next verse is very difficult to talk about because it is a little out of the ordinary. A donkey rebuked him for his iniquity with a human voice. The out of the ordinary response was for the purpose of restraining this man from his folly. If we are on this road sometimes it takes something off beat to stop us in our sin. If we drive our car down a road it takes a little maneuvering to get on another road.   Peter then writes about wells without water in the mist of darkness reserved for ever. This is obviously eternal separation from God but I will expand on what this means in a greater degree after I quote the passage.   Some people speak words of vanity but t

SCOFFERS WALKING AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS 1

  Scoffers walking after their own lusts       The apostle Peter was not afraid to write to his audience about the bad news. He was tough but honest. In verse one Peter was in essence writing to his dear friends by saying I desire to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance. If we play the Christian dance with sin prepare to do the tango with demons. If God were to give us spiritual eyeglasses we would see angels and demons. Both know about our life but the minions of Satan thrive on our weaknesses. The more we sin the greater legal ground we give demons over our life. Less is obviously better when it comes to us commiting transgressions against God. This is why it is important to store the word of God in our hearts or consistently study the Bible. If he desires to stir up their pure minds it is possible for a Christian to have dirty thoughts. Peter was a very disciplined man in holy living.   The apostle then reminds his listeners that a commandment from God is not an option. Whe