Summary: When a child of God is bombarded with false teachings, destructive or negative thoughts, how could he maintain his spiritual stability?
“Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:1-4, NIV).
It was in 1968 that I saw the first eruption of Mayon volcano (Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines). With a heart of a “high school” student, it seemed my heart then would also explode with mixed emotions of fear and thrill.
Some of us today, may also experience a sense of fear or whatever in the present activity of Mayon. But, are we aware of the threat of the “explosion” of false teachings, false hopes, negativism, materialism, indifference and other harmful practices or attitudes that are creeping in our Christian life?
During the present activity of Mayon, there’s a need for us to have emotional stability. But because of these destructive spiritual explosions that are actually happening around us, or even within ourselves, we need to HAVE SPIRITUAL STABILITY -- and that’s what we are going to focus on as we deal with our text (2 Peter 1:1-4).
So, how could we have spiritual stability? In our text, what could we learn in order to strengthen or stabilize ourselves in spite of the negative or destructive assaults, including false teachings that bombard us in this world?
The letter of 2 Peter was also written by Peter, but unlike 1 Peter, it was addressed not only to the believers scattered in Asia Minor, but it was directed to all believers scattered even beyond the place.
In 1 Peter, the writer noted the persecutions suffered by the believers, but in 2 Peter, he pointed out the false teachings that they would face not only after his death, but even in their current situation.
It was written when it was much closer to his martyrdom in A.D. 68.
And Peter would like to make sure that before his death, his readers would learn how they could combat erroneous teachings, or how to deal with false preachers.
This time we can also learn from Peter not only how to battle erroneous or false teachings, but also to parry negative influences, or wrong and harmful thoughts that bombard our mind and threaten our spiritual stability.
So, how should we have that spiritual stability?
First, TREASURE GOD GIVEN FAITH.
In verse 1, we read: “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours” (NIV).
The New Living Translation renders it this way: “This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.”