November 16/2Peter 1

Verse 1 > Peter is reflecting on the faith that was given to him by God. He is thinking back to life before Jesus. Like everyone else he was dead spiritually. And now as he reflects on that he is so grateful for what God has done for him. He is able to look at others and write this letter with the compassion of Jesus because he knows that everyone is spiritually dead before they are granted the faith they need by God and then directed by the Holy Spirit to put that faith in Jesus. He reminds us of that same faith that was given to us because of God’s justice and fairness. So when we look at other people lets look at them through eyes that owe everything to our Lord and perhaps we will be a bit kinder and understanding as Peter is now.

Verse 2 > truly where would we be without the grace of God? “God grace us more”, is the cry of Peter’s heart. This should also be the cry of our hearts.

Verse 3 > So what is the ‘everything’ that we have been given to live a godly life? Well, we have the Holy Spirit, faith, salvation, grace, prayer, the word of God etc.

Verse 4 > What are the precious promises that we have? The Holy Spirit, that God would never leave us, that all things would work out for our good, that he would supply all of our needs, that greater is he that lives in me than he that lives in the world, that we are God’s children, that nothing can separate us from the love of God, that the angel of the Lord encamps around those  who fear him, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues, a home in heaven, that our sins will never be used against us, etc.

Verses 5-7 > In view of the faith you have been given, the everything you have been given to live a godly life, and all the promises, is it too much for the Lord to ask that we work on maturing in our spiritual life? If you didn’t know how to mature Peter lays it out nicely for us one step at a time.

Verse 8 > Growing Christians are useful to God. Mature people are used in prayer to change people and circumstances. Mature people to tell others about Jesus. Mature people use their giftings to serve other fellow believers and those who don’t know the Lord. Matured people are used to take a stand for righteous living. Mature people are used to raise their children for Jesus. Mature people are used to give the Church a good name. Mature people are used to teach and explain the word of God. Mature people are used to be generous. Mature people bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit and they use His gifts to serve others and bring people to Christ. Mature people are used to go to other nations and bring them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Verse 9 > People who don’t have a continual appreciation for the forgiveness of their sins see none of the above mentioned things. Ungrateful people are blind to the things of the Lord; instead of being used by God they use other for their own gain.

Verses 10-11 > When you are working towards maturity you don’t have time for the sin of selfishness. And you remember how short this life is compared to eternity so the tendency is not to get too wrapped in this world and its ways.

Verses 12-15 > It is one thing to know the truths of Christianity but it is another thing to let those truths sink into the soil of your soul. Peter says he will keep remind us of these truths until he dies because he knows that knowing is not enough to bring you on to maturity; one must live out the truth. It is like James said, “I’ll show you my faith, not by what I say, but by what I do.”

James 2:18–19 (NLT) — 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

Verses 16-18 > Peter reminds us that Jesus is no myth or fairy tale. Peter spent three years with the real Jesus and he heard God speak to Jesus from heaven see Matthew 17. So lets not doubt Him for one second!

Verses 19-21 > study your bibles it is the very word of God. The darker the situation the brighter the word of God shines; just like a flashlight doesn’t seem real bright in daylight but at night when the sun isn’t shinning the flashlight is really bright.

Psalm 119:105 (NLT) — 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 19:8 (NLT) — 8 The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.

Psalm 18:28 (NLT) — 28 You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

Job 29:3 (NLT) — 3 when he lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Peter reminds us that the Christian life is a life of growth. You need to keep moving forward and not go back. By moving forward you will become more productive.