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Summary: A heart in tune with the heart of God opens up our eyes to heavenly views and our ears to holy harmony in the Word of God. There’s a sure calling from the throne for you... are you listening?

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2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;

3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge;

6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;

7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;

11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

The first four verses of 2 Peter 1 are about what God does. The next three are about what we do. Then the last four are an explanation and exhortation of the results of putting all this together.

For a simple fisherman, Peter had a way with words. We know that this is inspired by the Holy Spirit, but it also reflects Peter’s thoughts and style of communication and I don’t know about you but I find it very impressive.

This whole piece is a jewel, and especially that first section in verses 1-4.

Just look at it again… It’s all about what God does for us. 1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;

3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Bear with me as I pick out the key words here. Faith, righteousness, grace, peace, knowledge of God, His divine power, everything… life and godliness, glory and excellence, precious and magnificent promises, partakers of divine nature, escaped corruption.

There’s a year’s worth of sermons right here in these four verses.


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