The only biographical description Jesus gave of Himself is, "I
am meek and lowly in heart" (Matt 11:29).
2 PETER 1, Verses 1-8
The second letter mainly warns against those who try to turn
true believers away from following the Lord. Today there are many
2 Pet 1:1-4 These are what every believer has, in Christ. Read
2 Pet 1:5 Our side. Our responsibility (not to get the
blessings, but because we have them). Verse 5 says "and beside
this" like "For the very reason that we have the blessings" of
verses 3 and 4, now we are to live in them. If we do not feed the
old life (the old nature) it gets weak. Love, (charity) is going
to be an important part of our life.
It is the Spirit, not the mind which leads a person to where
Jesus is. Heavenly manifestation is so great, every other
influence vanishes. Luke 2:8-16.
2 PETER 1, Verses 9-21
2 Pet 1:9 But if these things are not part of our life, then we
cannot see far into the things of God. We look at the things
2 Pet 1:11 If we are obedient believers, then we are going to
be happy and waiting to enter heaven.
2 Pet 1:12-15 Peter was happy to remind them of these things,
even although they knew them. And we need to be reminded over and
over again. We forget so soon.
2 Pet 1:17-18 The transfiguration of the Lord in Mt 17.
2 Pet 1:19 The transfiguration made the prophecies of the Old
Testament more sure to the believers. The morning star appears
before the day dawns. In the Scripture, sunrise is the Lord Jesus
coming in glory at the beginning of the millennium. But the
morning star is the Lord Jesus coming for the believers before the
2 Pet 1:20-21 We cannot just take one part of the Scripture -
we must put all together to get the full meaning. No prophecy is
explained by itself. But don't forget that all prophecy has to do
with this world.
Heavenly manifestation, not the mind, moved the wise men. Matt.
2 PETER 2
Now the warnings against the false teachers.
2 Pet 2:1 "The Lord that bought them" doesn't mean that they
are saved people, though they might look like it, but that the
Lord paid the cost at the cross so that they could be saved if
they believed. Confused a bit? Matt. 13:44 & 45 may help. The Lord
Jesus "bought" the world so that He could "redeem" some of the
people in the world. Many people would be deceived by them.
2 Pet 2:3 But punishment would overtake them!
2 Pet 2:4-10 Examples of similar things in the past. Angels
that sinned are still today chained and waiting for judgement. In
the flood, the ungodly were not spared. Next Sodom and Gomorrah.
It might have seemed at that time that these cities would go on
forever, but judgement came.
2 Pet 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver His own! We do not need
to be concerned.
2 Pet 2:12-22 Description of men in powerful and religious
2 Pet 2:20 They are without excuse. For here it tells us that
they heard the truth themselves, and rejected it. It would be far
better if they had never heard it.
2 Pet 2:22 The dog and the sow (pig), unclean animals, show
that these people are not saved.
It is not because a man is learned that he is capable of
entering into the thoughts of God. Whether ignorant or learned,
there is but one way... the eye to see what concerns Christ. Where
Christ is firmly fixed before the soul, He becomes the light of
2 PETER 3
Today's chapter is different. These people are looking around
and thinking that because everything looks so steady and sure, it
is going to go on forever. And people today are saying and
thinking the same thing.
2 Pet 3:1-2 Sweet whispers of tenderness for us.
2 Pet 3:3-4 The unsaved scoffers, because everything seemed
stable, said that the Lord would never come back and change things.
2 Pet 3:5-7 God reminds them (and us) that they were forgetting
2 Pet 3:8 Little things and great things are alike to the Lord.
One day is like a thousand years to Him.
2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not careless about His promise to come
back. He waits because He does not wish anyone to perish.
2 Pet 3:10 This is referring to the Lord's coming to snatch
away the unbelievers. (Just the opposite to the first coming).
2 Pet 3:11-18 Seeing all these things are going to come to
pass, what holy people we should be!
2 Pet 3:17-18 We need to be very careful whom we listen to. And
to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior,