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2Pet. 2:10-12

8/10/12 V. 10, Of those reserved for punishment it is particularly true of those who indulge sinful and unclean ways and those who despise authority. It is expected that those indulging sinful and unclean ways would be singled out, however, evidently God classes those who despise authority along with them. Those who despise authorities like parents and civil authorities are also going to despise God’s authority. When someone despises authorities it is out of a motivation of self will and self government. It’s the ultimate in unsubmissive rebellion against anything that isn’t my will.

Such people are reckless and self-willed and don’t fear even “glories,” which probably refers to heavenly and spiritual things and beings.

V. 11, Yet even angels, stronger and more powerful than they, avoid accusing such wicked people before God. That the wicked presume to slander angels and other spiritual things is incredibly arrogant.

V. 12, The fact is they have no clue what they are blaspheming. They don’t recognize spiritual things. They think they are gods unto themselves, but in reality they are more like the lowest life forms, irrational animals living by instinct not reason. Their purpose in life is to be hunted and destroyed, which in fact will be their end. They will perish.

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2Pet. 2:4-9

8/9/12 V. 4, The false teachers Peter refers to in the previous verses have their reward awaiting, which will come in the future. And God is able to hold their reward for them reserving them for judgment, as Peter now goes on to illustrate.

God didn’t spare even angels when they rebelled against him. He sent them to Tartarus, which is the Greek nether land as stage below Hades. It was a mythical place of torment, which most Bibles translate hell. However, the description of being cast down with chains into darkness reminds us easily of the abyss from which demons are imprisoned or released at God’s will in order to do their work. It’s the symbol that is used for God allowing or restricted evil activity on earth. That is hell for a demon, to have its activity restricted.

V. 5, He didn’t spare angels and neither did he spare the whole world and its population. He protected Noah and his family, the only righteous people on earth, apparently. But he destroyed everyone else.

V. 6, He didn’t spare angels, the world, and neither did he spare Sodom and Gomorrah for their evil. Instead he used those who cities as examples of what hell will one day be at the destruction of evil and the wicked.

V. 7-8, He rescued Lot. Lot was a righteous man living among the wicked. Lot’s heart was tortured by wickedness that went on around him. Why he didn’t leave I’m not sure. I suppose he didn’t want to leave his family, who had definitely taken root there.

V. 9, If God was able to selectively punish the wicked and protect the righteous in these cases, he is obviously able to do the same today. He cares for those loyal to him and he is reserving the wicked for judgment when they will receive their rewards.

 
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2Pet. 2:1-3

8/8/12 V. 1, Of course, where there is genuine the devil will introduce his counterfeits. False prophets will always find their way into the ranks of God’s people with their false teachings. Their doctrines will be destructive, even denying God himself who has purchased them with his own blood. They are destroying themselves.

V. 2, Unfortunately, many people are taken in by these false prophets and damage the cause of truth.

V. 3, Motivated by greed these teachers exploit the people with made up stuff, but eventually they will be rewarded for their actions. Their condemnation and destruction will eventually fall on them.

 
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2Pet. 1:12

8/7/12 V. 12-15, Peter was writing to Christians who already understood what he was talking about, but he felt it valuable to repeat it again and again in order to ensure they were firmly established in the truth. Peter knew from Jesus that his life was drawing to a close and among the last things he felt it was important to remind his people of was building their relationship with Jesus and growing in Christian maturity. He has determined that he will make every effort to make sure they have been totally saturated with this understanding before he departs this world. Obviously Peter felt the truths he was presenting were the highest priority in the lives of Christians.

V. 16, How can Peter claim to have the spiritual authority to teach these things as the most important? Because his personal teacher was Jesus Christ the Messiah. Peter isn’t just making up things he thinks are important and delivering them in clever ways. Peter himself saw Jesus not only as a man but also as king.

V. 17-18, At the transfiguration Peter witnessed Jesus’ transformation when he received honor and glory from God the Father. Peter heard the Father confirm that Jesus was the Son of God. And not Peter alone but James and John were also witnesses.

V. 19, Beyond Peter’s witness, if anyone is still skeptical, they had the word of God through the prophets. All that the prophets had predicted concerning the Messiah had come true. That much was obvious to the sincere seeker of truth. The prophets illuminated the things that were once mysteries, and when we pay attention to them day dawns in our own lives, the morning star, which is Jesus according to Revelation, will illuminate our hearts.

V. 20, Just like Peter wasn’t making anything up, neither did the prophets make up their prophecies.

V. 21, It wasn’t even the prophet’s idea to make such predictions. The Holy Spirit inspired them and God spoke his word through them. The whole point is that the words of Peter and the other prophets shouldn’t be accepted on any human level but as from God himself, for God is the origin of the truth.

 
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2Pet. 1:8-11

8/6/12 V. 8, If we possess these virtues and they are growing within us the effect will be that we will bear fruit for God. We will be effective and productive in our work for the Master. Our knowledge/relationship will end in results.

V. 9, However, if we do not have these virtues, even though baptized as a Christian, the reality is that we are spiritually dim-sighted, even blind. We have forgotten the gospel message that we have been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. We will not bear fruit for him. We will not be effective if we happen to do anything for him. Ultimately it is because we have left the relationship to founder. We know longer live in relationship with Jesus, which prevents him from growing these virtues in us.  These virtues are the evidence that we are living in a relationship with our Savior.

V. 10, Therefore, we must be all the more eager to respond to God’s call and election of us as his children and his servants by putting forth our efforts in building our relationship with God and cooperating with him in living a life that is pleasing to him. This will show to the universe that we are really children of God. If we do we will be solid in our faith and will not fall in troubled times.

V. 11, Finally, if we have lived this close to our Lord, we will reap the rewards of eternal life in the kingdom of God.

 
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2Pet. 1:5-7

8/5/12 V. 5, Because God has given us the power we need to live godly lives and has promised to help up escape the corruption of evil our response is to make every effort to do some things. As Dallas Willard says, “Grace isn’t opposed to effort, it’s opposed to earning.” Peter isn’t discussing earning our salvation he’s discussing living godly lives and escaping the corruption of evil, therefore, we must put forth every effort to build our lives toward godliness. And through God’s grace who enables us to do what we couldn’t otherwise do, we can grow.

We begin with faith that Jesus has given us the gift of salvation and that we have gained eternal life through him and his merits, not our own. Building on that foundation we make every effort to add to that faith goodness, which means that we try to live upright lives. As we make gains in being good we add to that knowledge, which enables us to recognize how we can live better as well as how God increases our faith.

V. 6, To our growing knowledge, then, we add self-control. The more we know the more we realize that we must bring our body into subjection to our mind, which makes us gain more knowledge, which makes us grow in goodness, and strengthen our faith even more.

To self-control, then, we add perseverance. Perseverance is enduring the difficulties and trials both of self-control but also of whatever the enemy throws at us in order to discourage our growth toward godliness. And again perseverance helps the previous virtues to strengthen and grow.

Then we are to add godliness. This is efforts toward becoming like God in a more mature way than the previous. By now we have come understand God in a much deeper way than we once knew. And again this causes the previous virtues to strengthen and grow.

V. 7, To such godly maturity there is still much to add, because our understanding of God is still far from perfect. Next we add brotherly kindness. It seems at first that brotherly kindness would be more rudimentary and come earlier in the list, but the truth is that to practice brotherly kindness from proper motives we must have gained the other virtues first, otherwise we may practice this and none of the other, thinking it’s enough. Our motives in practicing brotherly kindness are crucial. Such kindness causes all the other virtues to continue to grow so that in reality all of them are growing at the same time.

And finally, to loving our neighbor we add pure agape love. Love is the pinnacle of godliness. It is the basis of the universe under God’s government.

 
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2Pet. 1:1-4

8/4/12 V. 1, The letter claims to be from Peter but scholars cite all sorts of reasons that this isn’t possible. Others, however, return good answers to the objections. So I will assume this is a genuine letter from Peter.

He writes to an unknown audience, but we can tell it’s to people who had been converted to the Christian faith that Peter describes as isotemon, which means to be of equal value or of the same kind. In other words, just because he was an apostle of Jesus Christ who walked with Jesus himself, his faith wasn’t in some way superior to theirs. Everyone is equal before Christ. Given the contention among the disciples about who was the greatest, this statement shows how far the gospel had gone in converting Peter’s heart and growing humility within him. He acknowledges freely that his faith and theirs is all due to the righteousness of God.

V. 2, Peter makes this a blessing and a wish for grace and peace to multiplied to his readers, but it’s also a promise. When we have the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord it means we live in a relationship with them. And in such relationship grace and peace are multiplied to us as gifts from God.

V. 3, Not only in such relationship do we receive grace and peace as gifts from God but by his power we receive everything pertaining to life and godliness. Life and godliness is going to be the primary subject of Peter’s letter. God calls us into this kind of knowledge/relationship for his own glory.

V. 4, In so doing he gives to us incredible promises. We can bank on these promises of God that they will make us more like God and less like sin-corrupted people. In relationship with God he has provided for us an escape from sinful desires and wickedness and all things that are not Godlike. When we enter into relationship with God our lives will change from what they used to be into something very new and different.

 
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