“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Making One’s Calling and Election Sure

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

2Peter was written because the danger of receiving false information exists even in the Church.  That’s why the message of 2Peter is so critical today.  This book alerts us to the dangers of wrong teaching and shows us how to spot false teachers.  The Apostle Peter wrote to warn Believers against false teachers who had invaded the Christian community.  This letter was also written to the Believers scattered throughout Asia Minor, in what is present-day Turkey around A.D. 64 and 68.  The emperor Nero was on the throne in Rome at the time Peter wrote this letter from Rome.  Nero was a man without moral principles.  His volatile nature created an uncertain and unsteady political climate.  As for the Church, the Christians in Asia Minor were in danger of being led astray by eloquent but erring teachers.  What to look for in 2Peter:  (1) Christian character (1:1-11):  (2) the importance of holding to the truth (1:12-21):  (3) warnings against false teachers (2:1-22):  and (4) admonitions on how to live in view of the Lord’s coming (3:1-18).

“Making One’s Calling and Election Sure”, 2Peter 1:1) Simon Peter, a servant and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:  Ephesians 4:5.  2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3) According as His Divine Power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  1Thessalonians 2:12.  4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  Galatians 6:10; 1John 4:21.  8) For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9) But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  1John 3:19.  11) For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the Everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  2Timothy 4:8.

Quest Study Bible – v4, How can we participate in God’s nature?  We receive God’s nature when we are born again ad become a new creation (2Corinthians 5:17).  But, our inner being remains housed in a body of flesh which is influenced by sin.  As a result, we are not always consistent in living out our new nature.  God wants us to mature in our faith, conforming to His will and overcoming temptation.  v5) How much effort does the Christian life require?  Because of the internal civil war Believers need to discipline themselves so they can live more in line with their identity in Christ.  Other verses echo this idea of the disciplined life:  continue to work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12); strict training (1Corinthians 9:24-27); train yourself to be godly (1Timothy 4:7).  Salvation is God’s work, not ours.  v9, What causes such spiritual amnesia?  When we reinforce what we’ve learned, our memories improve.  He warns us that if we neglect Christian disciplines, we will forget what God has done and we will live inconsistently.  v10, Isn’t God’s calling and election sure without our help?  Peter tells us that if we see spiritual growth taking place in our lives, we can be confident that we are Christians.

More to come and God Bless You.

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/The Elders and Young Men and Final Greetings

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Elders and Young Men”, 1Peter 5:1) The Elders (high officials in the Church) which are among you I exhort, who am also an Elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the Glory that shall be revealed:  Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8.  2) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (money), but of a ready mind;  3) Neither as being lords over God’s Heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  Psalm 74:2.   4) And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of Glory that fadeth not away.  Hebrews 13:20.  5) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the Elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:  for God resisteth the proud, and giveth Grace to the humble.  Isaiah 57:15.  6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:  7) Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.  8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  11) To Him be Glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen (meaning so be it).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, The Apostle Peter does not command, but exhorts.  He does not claim power to rule over all pastors and churches.  It was the peculiar (distinctive) honour of Peter and a few more, to be witnesses of Christ’s sufferings; but it is the privilege of all true Christians to partake of the Glory that shall be revealed.  All faithful ministers will receive a crown of unfading Glory, infinitely better and more honourable than all the authority, wealth and pleasure of the world.  v5-9, Humility preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; pride disturbs them.  Where God gives grace to be humble, He will give wisdom, faith, and holiness.  Cast “all your care”:  personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the Church, on God.  These are burdensome, and hinder our delight in the service of God.  The whole design of Satan is to devour and destroy souls.  Our duty plainly is, to be sober; to govern both the outward and inward man by the rules of temperance.  To be vigilant; suspicious of constant danger from this spiritual enemy.   The consideration of what others suffer, is proper to encourage us to bear our share in any affliction; and in whatever form Satan assaults us, we may know that our brethren experience the same.  v10-11, The Apostle prays to God for them, as the God of all Grace.  Perfect implies their progress towards perfection.  Stablish imports (brings in) our inconstancy.  Strengthen has respect to the growth of graces.  Settle signifies to fix upon a sure foundation, to Him Who is the Foundation and Strength of Believers. 

“Final Greetings”, 1Peter 5:12) By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the True Grace of God wherein ye stand.  13) The Church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.  Revelation 17:5, 18.  14) Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.  Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus.  Amen (meaning so be it). 

Nelsons Compact Bible Commentary – v12, Silvanus, whose Aramaic name was Silas, worked closely with both Peter and Paul (Acts15:40; 16:19, 25, 29; 2Corinthians 1:19; 1Thessalonians 1:1).  testifying:  Peter shows the intensity of his commitment to witness unashamedly of God’s Truth.   v13, She or The Church, the Greek word for Church is a feminine noun.  Peter uses the term Babylon to refer to Rome.  elect together with you:  All of the people of God are chosen by Him to be His people (1:2).  Mark or Marcus my son:  John Mark (Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37, 39) was Peter’s spiritual son, not his physical son.   

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Suffering For Being A Christian

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Wonderful Service today and our Pastor’s inspirational message was on Noah and “Don’t Miss The Boat” and “The Power of One”.  Yesterday I watched a movie called “One Foot In Heaven” with Frederic March.  I didn’t know who Frederic March was and did not know I was crying through the movie and could not help myself.  His part, is a Pastor and family man.  It was beautiful.  It’s a wonderful thing to be called to Pastor and Preach the Word of God, its a special calling from God.

</p>”Suffering For Being A Christian”, 1Peter 4:11) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13) But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His Glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. Revelation 1:9. 14) If ye be reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of Glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is Glorified. Matthew 10:20. 15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Acts 5:41. 16) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him Glorify God on this behalf. Malachi 3:5. 17) For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God? Luke 10:12. 18) And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19) Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a Faithful Creator. Psalm 31:5.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v12-19, By patience and fortitude in suffering, by dependence on the promises of God, and keeping to the Word the Holy Spirit hath revealed, the Holy Spirit is Glorified; but by the contempt and reproaches cast upon Believers, He is evil spoken of, and is blasphemed. One would think such cautions were needless to Christians. But their enemies falsely charged them with foul crimes. And even the best of men need to be warned against the worst of sins. There is no comfort in sufferings, when we bring them upon ourselves by our own sin and folly. A time of universal calamity was at hand, as foretold by our Saviour, Matthew 24:9-10. And if such things befall in this life, how awful will the day of judgment be! All outward difficulties would be as nothing, were it not for lusts and corruptions within. These are the worst clogs and troubles. And if the way of the righteous be so hard, then how hard shall be the end of the ungodly sinner, who walks in sin with delight, and thinks the righteous is a fool for all his pains! The only way to keep the soul well, is, to commit it to God by prayer, and patient perseverance in well-doing. Amen.

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Living For God

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<strong<strong>>”Living For God”, 1Peter 4:1) Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind:  for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;  2) That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  3) For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness (sexual lusts), lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries (worship of idols):  4) Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:  5) Who shall give account to Him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.  2Timothy 4:1.  6) For for this cause was the Gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the Spirit.  7) But the end of all things is at hand:  be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  Philippians 4:5.  8) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:  for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  James 5:20.  9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  Deuteronomy 15:7.  10) As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  1Corinthians 4:7. v11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be Glorified through Jesus Christ, to Whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, The strongest and best arguments against sin, are taken from the sufferings of Christ.  He died to destroy sin.  Temptations could not prevail, were it not for man’s own corruption.  True conversion (change to a new belief) makes a marvelous change in the heart and life.  It alters the mind, judgment, affections, and conversation.  When a man is truly converted, it is very grievous to him to think how the time past of his life has been spent.  It is a Christian’s duty, not only to keep from gross wickedness, but also from things that lead to sin, or appear evil.  The Gospel had already been preached to those already dead, who by the proud and carnal judgment of wicked men were condemned as evil-doers, some even suffering death.  But being quickened to Divine life by the Holy Spirit, they lived to God as His devoted servants.  v7-10, Our approaching end, is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religion.  There are so many things amiss in all, that unless love covers, excuses, and forgives in others, the mistakes and faults for which every one needs for forbearance of others, Satan will prevail to stir up divisions and discord.  The nature of a Christian’s work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavors should be serious and earnest  And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v10 as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;  for they are but stewards of whatsoever gifts they have; and therefore, if they would approve themselves good stewards, they should minister the same in proportion to their reception of them. Manifold and various are the graces of the Spirit of God, and the rich experiences communicated to men, which are not only for themselves, but for the good of others also: gifts for public usefulness are different one from another; one man has one gift, and another has another; or the same gift is not alike in all, in some greater, and in others less; and all are but stewards: they are accountable for them, and the use of them, to their Great Lord and Master.

More to come and God Bless You.

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Suffering for Doing Good

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Suffering for Doing Good”, 1Peter 3:8) Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  9) Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing:  but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.  10) For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  Psalm 34:12.  11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:  but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  13) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?  Proverbs 16:7.  14) But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye:  and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;  Isaiah 8:12.  15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the Hope that is in you with meekness and fear (or reverence):   16) Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  17) For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  18) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, Being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spiriit:  Colossians 1:12; Romans 1:4.  19) By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison:  20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  21) The like Figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Ephesians 3:29.  22) Who is gone into Heaven, and is on the Right Hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-13, Though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet they should have compassion one of another, and love as brethren.  If any man desires to live comfortably on earth, or to possess eternal life in Heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words.  He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men.  None could or should harm those who copied the example of Christ.  v14-22, We sanctify God before others, when our conduct invites and encourages them to Glorify and Honour Him.  What was the ground and reason of their hope?  We should be able to defend our religion with meekness, in the fear of God.  Surely it is better to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.  In the case of our Lord’s sufferings, He that knew no sin, suffered instead from those who knew no righteousness.  The blessed end and design of our Lord’s Sufferings were, to reconcile us to God, and to bring us to Eternal Glory.  He was put to death in respect of His human nature, but was quickened and raised by the power of the Holy Spirit.  If Christ could not be freed from sufferings, why should Christians think to be so?  As to the old world, Christ sent His Spirit, and gave warning by Noah.  But though the patience of God waits long, it will cease at last.  And the spirits of disobedient sinners, as soon as they are out of their bodies, are committed to the prison of Hell, where those that despised Noah’s warning now are, and from whence there  is no redemption.  Noah’s salvation in the ark upon the water, which carried him above the floods, set forth the Salvation of all true Believers.  That temporal (of that time) Salvation by the ark was a type of the Eternal Salvation of Believers by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to look on the ordinances of God spiritually, and to inquire after the spiritual effect and working of them on our consciences.  Rest not then till thou art cleansed by the Spirit and Blood of Christ.  Amen.

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Wives and Husbands

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

“Wives and Husbands”, 1Peter 3:1) Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives; 1Corinthians 7:16.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary (NCBC) – v1, be submissive or be in subjection:  Wives are commanded to place themselves willingly under the guidance and control of their husbands, living in such a way that their husbands will be challenged to live in obedience to God’s Truth.  Without a (or the) Word:  A godly wife does not preach to her husband with words but with the Christlike beauty of her daily life.  may be won:  The goal of her actions is to see the unbelieving husband become a Christian (1Corinthians 9:19-22)

v2) While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 

(NCBC) chaste conduct or chaste conversation:  The Christian wife is to live without moral defect or blemish.  Fear:  here refers to respect for God. 

v3) Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  Isaiah 3:16-24. 

(NCBC) Do not let your adornment be merely outward:  Christians are to spend more time developing their inner character than attempting to make themselves look beautiful on the outside (1Samuel 16:7). Quest Study Bible – Outward Adorning:  Peter doesn’t ban grooming or beauty aids.  If a woman relies on such things to make her beautiful, she will miss the far greater value of inner beauty. 

v4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.  v5) For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 

(NCBC) Incorruptible beauty involves inner qualities that do not decay or fade like makeup, jewelry, and clothes (v3).  gentle and quiet spirit. 

v6) Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord:  whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.  Genesis 18:12.  

(NCBC) calling him lord:  Sarah was not worshiping Abraham; she was showing him respect.  not afraid:  Fear of her husband should not be the driving force that causes a Christian wife to practice the principles of godly marital relations.    

Quest Study Bible – v5-6, These verses have sometimes been abused, as have wives.  Biblical submission should not be separated from Biblical responsibility (v7; Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 3:19).  Abraham, rather than trusting in God, relied on his own schemes, leading to Sarah’s mistreatment (Genesis 12:11-13; 20:10-11; 20:2).A submissive spirit runs counter to society’s values and it always has (Mark 10:42-45).  However it remains God’s standard for all Believers–male and female–for all time (Philippians 2:3-5; Ephesians 5:21).      

v7) Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the Grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

(NCBC) with understanding or knowledge:  A Christian husband should be intimately aware of his wife’s needs, her strengths and weaknesses, and her goals and desires in order to respond in the best way to her.  giving honor:  A Christian husband gives honor to his wife because she deserves honor (v1-6).  weaker vessel:  Primarily physical weakness, since the term vessel/means the human body.  being heirs together:  Only Christians are heirs of the grace of life, Romans 8:17.  

Quest Study Bible – v7, How are prayers hindered?  When the communication between a husband and wife becomes strained, other relationships can be affected, including communication with God.Matthew 5:23-24; 6:14-15.

More to come and God Bless You.

 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Submission to Rulers and Masters

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Submission to Rulers and Masters”, 1Peter 2:13) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:  whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  15) For so is the Will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  16) As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  17) Honour (or Esteem) all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honour the king.  18) Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward.  19) For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  20) For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?  but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  21) For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:  22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:  23) Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:  24) Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  Hebrews 13:20.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – v13-17, Do we always have to submit?  Peter states a principle not a rigid law.  He, himself modeled one exception to this principle when the authorities told him to stop speaking about Jesus.  “We must obey God, rather than men,” Peter insisted, Acts 5:29; also see Acts 4:19-20.  In similar cases we should submit, not to human authorities, but to God’s Word and Spirit:  Also see Titus 3:1-2.  v22-25, Read about the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53:5-11.  v24, Why call the cross a tree?  Through the ages people have made public spectacles of the executions of criminals.  Often their bodies were displayed on wooden gallows, poles or even trees.  The Old Testament speaks of this shame, which hints at Christ’s Death on the cross:  Anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse (Deuteronomy 21:22-23).  The difference is that the executed criminal bears his own condemnation or curse, whereas Jesus takes our condemnation.  v24, What healing comes from Jesus?  Some believe that Christ’s Death provides physical healing.  Others believe that while God can indeed heal sick bodies, the purpose of Christ’s Death was solely to provide healing from the sickness of sin.  Amen.

v18-21, Why doesn’t the Bible condemn slavery?  Why didn’t Peter tell masters to set their slaves free?  Why did he instruct slaves to submit?  Part of the answer can be found in Peter’s focus.  He wanted first to give his readers a Christian perspective–a way to live in an imperfect society where righteous people were persecuted.  Peter didn’t endorse the system, but he admitted its realities. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v13-17, A Christian conversation must be honest. Christians must endeavor in all relations, to behave aright, that they do not make their liberty a cloak or covering for any wickedness, or for the neglect of duty; but they must remember that they are servants of God.</p

More to come and God Bless You.