2 Peter 1 Is An Epistle Written By Peter And the Apostle Of The Early Church. The Letter Teaching How Christians Can Increase Their Faith And Reminds Them To Obey Scripture.
There’s a difference between the writing styles of 1 Peter and this epistle, and the writing is considered very similar to the book of Jude. However, that can easily be explained that the early church leaders often traveled together.
2 Peter 1, is a book of encouragement. It talks about growing in faith, and obedience to Scripture.
2 Peter 1: Peter Gives His Greetings
1 This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.
2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.2 Peter 1:1-2
What Is The Theme Of 2 Peter 1?
I love that phrase. May God give me (he said you, I’ll say me and you can too) more and more grace. Grace is receiving the blessing we didn’t deserve, and we don’t deserve any grace.
The beauty of the cross is that God knew we couldn’t make amends. We were all destined for hell. Yet somehow God in heaven loved us so much that he sent his son to die for us.
I’ve tried to understand it, but I can’t. If I was God humanity would’ve been screwed, and I’m sure that’s why we are all glad that I’m not.
When Jesus died he knew all that you would do, every time you missed the mark, he saw it. And when he died, he removed your punishment for it.
Notice I said missed the mark above. Because God has created you to be an amazing person who can transform the world. When you miss the mark, you’re not living up to the potential he gave you.
It also separates us from him, and he really wants us around. We’re his children, and he loves us. That is the theme of 2 Peter 1.
2 Peter 1: Growing in Faith
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.2 Peter 1: 3-7
2 Peter 1: How To Respond To God’s Promises.
I love how Peter writes verse 5. “Make every effort to respond to God’s Promises.” If God promises you something RUN TO IT!!! Jump cars, run a marathon, get on a plane whatever it takes to respond to his promise. Because your life is about to be transformed.
When I was 19, I did such a thing. I lived in my hometown of Minneapolis and was going nowhere in life. I needed something to shake me up.
God reached down and he spoke to me. He said I was to leave Minnesota and Move to Jackson, Mississippi. From there I went to Ministry School, Survived Hurricane Katrina, and traveled the world.
None of those experiences compared to what God did in my heart. He helped me live again. Somehow he reached into my dead heart and brought new life from death. When I left for Mississippi I had no feelings, I went with the hope that something would break in my life, and what I found transformed everything about me.
When you respond to a promise of God, he will direct and guide you. You’ll receive more than the promise. In fact, I tell you that you’ll receive life and life in abundance. And that’s what I was able to find.
2 Peter 1: Continue To Grow In Your Faith
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters,work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.2 Peter 1: 8-11
2 Peter 1: God Gave His All, But You Need To Make A Choice To Grow:
A long time ago, I was told by an older Christian that you’re only as close to Jesus as you want to be. That has always stuck with me. Even when I run away, he’s always right next to me. That sounds crazy but in the last 20 years, I’ve found it to be true.
I can find myself in the middle of the desert, all alone, and I’ll feel distant from him. Feelings of despair, and being abandoned by God are entrenched. But all I need to do is call out, and he comes running.
Daily mindsets affect your hunger, and your hunger affects your actions. What you’re choosing today is what drives you into tomorrow.
2 Peter 1 is all about the daily changes in mindset and growing in your faith mentality. If you don’t change, you’ll stay blind. And sometimes the best way to change is to come up with a plan.
My goal is to stop the negativity, think about God, and keep heading toward him. Right now wherever you’re at, close your eyes (unless driving or something like that) and tell God that you choose him today.
Tomorrow when you wake up, think of all the choices you have to make and make your first choice for him. Then pray while you’re working and ask for guidance and direction. You’ll be surprised by what happens.
2 Peter 1: Paying Attention to Scripture
12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.2 Peter 1: 12-21
2 Peter 1: Simple Reminders Help Keep Your Foundation Strong
Simple reminders are important because those are the items we get the most familiar with. And these are the items we tend to skip. The basic foundations of our actions are simple items, and if we start to skip those things will fall apart.
Have you ever been so busy that you forgot to eat? It won’t last too long your stomach will take over reminders soon, but you get my point.
As you grow in faith and feed your spirit with the word of God, you’ll begin to see, hear, and experience amazing things. The Holy Spirit will open the spirit world up to you, and it will blow your mind.
It seems so simple. To stay connected with God we need to read our bibles, pray every day, find believers, and find a church that believes in the bible.
In reality, that’s all it takes, but there are a lot of stumbling blocks that throw us to the ground.
- We blame God
- The People Around Us
- And Ultimately Ourselves.
I’m my own worst enemy, and I’m the one who holds myself back. It isn’t anybody else on this planet, it’s me. My choices propel me to God or restrain me from him.
The same is with you, what choice will you make? When you have access to the spirit, God can use you to give prophet words, heal people, and lead them to him.
It’s all your choice. What will you choose today?
I hope you liked my latest blog post about 2 Peter 1.
Let me know what I missed in the comments below:
To Read More In 1 Peter Click The Links Below