Summary: God’s work in us is evidence of our calling and election
February 12, 2012
This is just the bare outline of the text. You can listen to the details at the links below: http://shearhart.sermon.net/da/119828550/play
NOTE: It’s very important to understand how Christ is the 2nd Adam before reading II Peter. Be sure to Read Rom. 5:12-21, I Cor. 15:22, 45, and Gal. 3:15-19 first.
We’re partakers of the first Adam’s corruption, and so we inherit his reward (death). But Christ is the second Adam, and He has won a reward which He shares with all who are partakers of His divine nature.
God has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness (:1-3)
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3According 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:
These things are evidence of our calling and election (:4-15)
4Whereby 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.
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Look at 2:22. You can wash a pig, but it’s still a pig. A dog returns to the very thing that made him sick because he has no real understanding. The old nature was never changed and these people return to their old ways.
10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Works make calling and election sure. We know we’re of Christ if we do what He does. Compare First John 1:7.
11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 12Wherefore 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. 13Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
And they are according to the promise of God (:16-21)
16For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Jesus is approved of God, and we’re partakers of His divine nature. God is pleased with us!
19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.