ANNOUNCEMENTS: Yesterday afternoon the Aug 11 COE report was posted. That post is directly below this article. I plan on posting the COE Conference reports as they come in, and I want to do an overall evaluation article after all reports are available.
2 Peter 1
Peter addresses this Epistle to all these who are zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.
2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith [in God and the works of faith, which arr to believe and obey God and to live by every Word of God the Father] with us through the righteousness of God [which is the keeping of the whole Word of God] and [the atoning sacrifice of] our Saviour Jesus Christ:
1:2 Grace [Mercy from God] and peace [with God] be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God [faith and knowledge married with the works of faith which is obedience], and of Jesus our Lord, 1:3 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:
Jesus Christ in his ministry, explained the intent of the commandments and the Word of God and revealed the way of salvation; through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
That through rejecting all sin and by keeping the whole Word of God through the power of Christ dwelling in us; we may internalize the very nature of God the Father to become holy as God is holy.
1:4 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 [Through the Gospel of Salvation we can escape the decay and death that comes through bondage to sin] that is in the world through lust.
1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue [well doing, the good works of keeping the whole Word of God]; and to virtue knowledge [We are to grow in truth and knowledge and gain a fuller knowledge of God, through daily diligent study, eagerly accepting the truth and rejecting of all error for the truth];
Faith means to believe and trust. And we must add to faith virtue; and virtue is the action of obedience. And we must add to virtue or obedience; knowledge. And knowledge is knowing what it is we should be doing, knowing what to obey.
Knowledge comes through diligent study and the seeking of that knowledge from God in prayer and continual thought on the law of our God, Psalm 119.
1:6 And to knowledge temperance [self control]; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness [becoming like God through a zealous keeping of the whole Word of God]; 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness [Love of God and the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God first, and immediately after that the second great commandment which is to love thy neighbour as thy self]; and to brotherly kindness charity [true agape love, which is to love God and man more than one loves oneself].
If we do these things we shall be filled with God’s spirit of understanding bear much spiritual fruit.
God is not divided against himself and his spirit will not inspire anyone to break or compromise with any of God’s commandments.
God is united with himself and his spirit in us is God’s very mind and nature; it will inspire us to keep the whole Word of God, and it will empower us to keep God’s commandments: Thus building in us the very nature of God, the divine nature.
The commandments of God, in letter, spirit and intent are agape LOVE; and only by keeping the whole Word of God in BOTH letter and intent, can we be filled with the nature of God; which is agape LOVE.
1:8 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.
If we do not zealously learn and keep the whole Word of God and love God first above all else, while secondly loving our brothers and humanity enough to speak the truth to them; we have fallen back into sin and been turned aside from God.
1:9 But he that lacketh these things [that is, they which lack a good knowledge of God and sound doctrine, and lack temperance (self control) and patience and virtue (a passionate keeping of the whole Word of God),] is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Let all the called out to Christ be diligent to root out all error and sin, and to learn and keep the whole Word of God.
1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
This is the true Gospel; is the whole Word of God and the way into the Kingdom of God! To diligently study and apply what is learned in obedience to God; and through that, internalizing the very nature of God!
1:11 For so [by doing the things mentioned above, in sincere repentance from all sin and in internalizing the whole Word and nature of God the Father] we shall receive eternal life] an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The elders and teachers are to continually rebuke all sin and to diligently teach a passionate zeal to keep the whole Word of God. As Paul also instructs:
2 Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
2 Peter 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. [Even those well established in the whole truth of God need to be continually reminded of all godly things; lest we forget.]
1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle [alive in the flesh], to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle [after writing this Epistle from Jerusalem Peter will soon die in the flesh], even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
Peter wrote his Epistles as a kind of farewell message before his death in approximately 64 AD.
1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
Peter gives his eyewitness testimony to the Messiah-ship of Christ and the teachings of the whole Word of God. Peter is an eye witness to the ministry of Christ, and to the transfiguration on the mount having both seen the righteousness of Christ and heard the voice of the Father attesting to the righteousness of Christ as the Deliverer of humanity.
1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Peter then exhorts us to seek understanding and study prophecy.
We know of Christ through the prophets, and we are warned that no prophecy stands alone. All the prophets MUST fit together precisely for provide the big overall picture. One of the ways to test our understanding of the prophets is to compare and make sure that a pet belief does not contradict some other scripture.
The word of God is one consistent whole, made up of many parts. And every single part fits together with every other part to make a greater whole. It is like a great mosaic, and we cannot take one little piece out of its context and think we have the true whole overall understanding.
No. We must look at the whole big picture and every part has to fit together with everything else.
1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
No prophecy and no scripture stands alone, but must be consistent with all other scripture. We are to study by putting all scripture on a subject together. God’s Word on a subject is here a little and there a little that ungodly men may take scripture out of its subject context and twist it to justify their sins.
Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts [to learn and internalize the Word of God through diligent study, putting all scriptures together on any given subject and not forgetting to study synonyms].
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he [God] speak to this people [that he might prove and test our zeal to learn and understand His Word].
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The prophets worked under the inspiration of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit of God. Scriptural prophecy is God inspired and therefore, it is true. In order to understand it properly, all the different parts have to be put together in the correct way to complete the puzzle