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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #1
Posted: March 3, 2007

II PETER 1:1-4

I want to begin a new study this week in the book of II Peter.  I believe the ‘Key Subject’ that Peter is dealing with in this book is ‘Apostasy’.  The word means the forsaking or abandonment of what one has before preferred as their faith.  This early church had some who had professed faith but because of suffering they had returned to Judaism.  Judaism is the keeping of the Old Testament law and rituals in order to please God.

The ‘Key Word’ is mentioned in Chapter 1, verses 12, 13, 15, and Chapter 3, verse 1.  It is the word ‘remembrance’ which means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, a continual blow of a hammer, and to place in the mind as a memorial.  Peter wants to place some statues and patterns in the minds of his reader that would be a memorial and continual blow of a hammer to remind them not to turn back from following the Lord.

Let us look this week at Chapter 1, verses 1-4 which says, Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through their righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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: 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.”

I have entitled this section “Professors And Possessors”.  In verse 1a we have “The Authority Of The Greeting”.  Peter mentions himself in a ‘Position Of Humility’.  He refers to himself as Simon Peter, a servant.  The two names play on the surname our Lord gave him depicting the change the gospel wrought in him.  He was Simon, a little piece of a hardened rock, changed to Peter, one strengthened in the soul.  There is also a ‘Position Of Honor’.  He calls himself an ‘apostle of Jesus Christ’.  The word ‘apostle’ means one sent with authority to represent another. Because of the gravity of the subject Peter is to address he comes standing on the authority of his position as an apostle.

We find in verse 1 “The Address Of The Greetings”.  This book is addressed ‘to them’. (Vs. 1b)  Peter tells us he has ‘a likeness with them’.  They have ‘obtained’ like precious faith with us.  The word ‘obtained’ means to determine the reception by the casting of the lot.  The work of likeness is not done by luck and chance of choice but by divine providence.  We have obtained a like precious faith.  The faith is a creed or conviction that causes one to rely upon God.  The word ‘precious’ is of equal or likeness in value.  Peter also mentions his ‘Lineage With Them’.  This precious faith comes to all through the same channel.  It came to us through the righteousness of God our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Peter gives us in verse 2 “The Admonition In The Greeting”.  There is an ‘Avenue Of Admonition’.  In verses 2-3 we find the avenue is the ‘Knowledge Of God’.  The word ‘knowledge’ means to become fully acquainted with so as to recognize.  This is a continual life long process of learning.  What are we to seek to know?  We are to know of ‘His grace’ (to give us what we don’t deserve) ‘His peace’ (the umpire of the soul to let us know when we are out of bounds) ‘His divine power’ (enablement to do all things) and ‘His promise’ (the assurance of receiving His confessed good). (Vs. 3-4)

We are told in verse 4b about an ‘Assuring Admonition’.  Peter tells us that through the knowledge of these truths we are partakers of the very nature of God.  It is this nature within us that separates the professors from the possessor.  If we have this nature in us we do not have to produce the Christian life but the nature of God will reproduce the Christ life in us and through us.  Remember there need be no fear of apostasy where the nature of God resides.