Grow – Finding Spiritual Maturity through 2 Peter

LIFE
2 Peter 1:12–21

20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  Ephesians 2:20

I. The Apostolic Witness—What the Apostles Saw (vv. 16–18)

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 2 Peter 1:16–18

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 2 Peter 1:16b, 18

 

The whole Bible is about Jesus. The Law tells us that He is needed. In the prophets, He is predicted. In the Psalms, He is worshiped. In the Gospels, He is described. In the Acts, He is proclaimed. In the epistles, He is explained. In Revelation, He is unveiled in all of His heavenly glory.

 

II. The Prophetic Witness—The Words the Prophets Spoke

19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21

Origin of Prophecy

Negatively

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21

We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. Acts 27:7

14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. Acts 27:14

15 And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. Acts 27:15

The message of the prophets is “controlled” by the Spirit of God.

 Men spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:21b

III. The Practical Application—Our Calling to Remember

12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.  1 Peter 1:12

False teachers are always saying something new. Peter is being up-front by saying to not expect that from an apostle.

 “Remembering” in the Bible is about what happened becoming real, fresh,
alive, and present.

 

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