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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #3
Posted: April 6, 2007

II PETER 1:10-12

We continue our study this week of II Peter.  Let me remind you of our two key words.  The word ‘Apostasy’ is one, which means the forsaking, or abandonment of what one has once professed.  The second key word is ‘Remembrance’.  This word means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, a continual blow of the hammer, and to place in the mind as a memorial.  We began last week to look at ‘Some Things To Remember’.  Our text this week is II Peter 1:10-12 which says, Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 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.”

In verse 10 of our study I find, ‘Some Assured Things’ that Peter tells as to give ‘diligence to’.  This phrase means to give speed, haste, eagerness and earnestness to this cause.  The cause is to make your ‘calling and election sure’.  The word ‘calling’ is that not of a general call to the gospel given by a preacher who has a passionate heart for the lost, but the effectual call of God.  It is the call from God that not only gives an invitation but the powerful ability to come and the assurance that they will come.  Have you heard such a call?  He tells us not only to make our calling sure but our ‘election’ as well.  The word ‘election’ means to prefer one above another, to choose or pick from out of a group.  Matthew Henry says this will involve a very narrow search with strict inquiry into self.  There are three things that must be examined.  One is ‘Has You Mind Been Enlightened’?  Do you find yourself with a great desire to look at things from an eternal view and not so much an earthly view?  Psalm 139 says, ‘Search my heart O Lord and know my thoughts’.  Do you sense within yourself the mind of Christ?  The second thing is to be examined is ‘Has Our Will Been Exchanged’?  This would involve our choices.  We will not want our choices but only our Lords.  There will be no desire to have your freedom of will but Lord, Thy will be done.  The third area of search is ‘Has The Bent Of Our Soul Changed’?  We come forth from our mother’s womb with a bent toward earth and hell.  The Bible tells us to train up a child in the way he should go.  This speaks of bending the child in the God ward way.  Do you sense your soul being bent away from the earth toward the eternal, away from hell and toward heaven, away from self and toward God?  What is to be gained by passing these three areas of examination?  Peter said, “…if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”  Jude said, ‘He will keep you from falling’.  While others are bowing to temptations and other hideous sins you will walk on in the presence of our God.

The last thing Peter reminds us of in our text is ‘Some Abundant Things’.  Peter tells us God will ‘minister’ unto us.  The word ‘minister’ means to furnish or to supply.  We are told that He will ‘abundantly’ minister to us.  The word ‘abundantly’ means richly and fullness of wealth.  His ministering work will involve us coming into an everlasting Kingdom.  Vincent said this is the opposite of I Corinthians 3:15 when Paul speaks of being saved yet as by fire or by the skin of your teeth. 

Peter says in verse 12 ‘I don’t want to fail to remind you of some things’.  Let us be those watchmen of Isaiah 61:6 that continually warn folk of some things.  Let us remind them of things they already know.  Let us seek to establish them in what they already know.  This will keep them from being blown about by every wind of doctrine.  Let us remind them as Peter says in verse 12 of “…present truth.”  This is truth that is always relevant and important.  Let us keep the truths of how a man is saved in the forefront, because his eternal destiny hangs upon this reminder.  My, my, some THINGS sure are important to our Lord.