“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.

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