We have begun studying the book of 2 Peter on Wednesday nights. A striking feature is Peter’s reliance on doubles.
1:1- The author is Simeon Peter. He is a servant and apostle. By servant he identifies himself with his reader; and by apostle he identifies himself with his Lord: Jesus Christ. This Jesus Christ is both God and Savior.
1:2- Grace and Peace are multiplied to all believers through knowing God and Jesus.
1:3- In this knowledge we have everything we need for life and godliness because of the glory and excellence of the one who called us.
1:4- In his glory and excellence he has given to us precious and very great promises.
1:8- The supplementing of our faith prevents us from being ineffective or unfruitful.
1:10- By doing these things we make our calling and election sure.
1:16- Continuance in the faith is motivated by the hope of the power and coming of the Lord.
1:17- This Jesus is not a mere myth, but received honor and glory from God the Father who spoke by the Majestic Glory proclaiming Jesus to be his beloved Son.
1:19- The prophetic word is lamp to be headed until the day dawns and the morning star rises.
2:1- We must heed the Scriptures because there will be false prophets and false teachers.
2:3- They are under divine decrees of condemnation and destruction.
2:10- These false teachers delight in defiling passion and despising authority. They are bold and willful.
2:11- Angels, though greater in might and power, are not so bold.
2:12- False teachers are irrational animals, creatures of instinct. There only purpose for being is to be caught and destroyed.
2:13- They are blots and blemishes.
2:14- Their eyes and hearts are full of sin.
2:17- They are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm.
2:22- They are dogs and pigs.
3:2- The safeguard against such false teachers is to remember the predictions and commandments of the holy prophets and apostles which they gave through the Lord and Savior.
3:7- We are to remember that the same word that created and judged the heaven and earth by water is being preserved until the day of judgment and destruction by fire.
3:10- By this fire the earth will be burned up and dissolved exposing both the earth and the works done on it.
3:11- Considering the fate of this earth, holiness and godliness should characterize our life.
3:12- We are waiting for and hastening the coming day of God. On this great day the heavens and heavenly bodies will be set on fire and dissolved.
3:14- As we wait for this day we should seek to be without spot or blemish and to be at peace.
3:16- The ignorant and unstable twist the Scriptures.
3:18- But believers grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ who is Lord and Savior. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.