Summary: The key is not to study that which is false but that which is true.
1. The Secret Service is a bureau of the U.S Department of Treasury. The Congress created the Secret Service in 1865 to fight the counterfeiting of U.S currency. It was not until 1901 after the assassination of President William McKinley that they were also assigned to protect the President.
The Secret Service is trained to spot counterfeit money, not by studying the counterfeits, but by studying the real thing.
2. Peter is dealing with the problem of false counterfeit teachers. He begins by focusing upon the truth, not by giving a detailed account of the teaching of the false teachers.
3. The Need to Acknowledge True Knowledge.
2 Peter 1:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us 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 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
I. For starters, Simon Peter had true knowledge. 2 Pet. 1:1
A. His Identity.
His mother named him Simon, but his Master named him Peter (Jn. 1:42). You can go to First Peter for more information on Peter.
Flynn, “Jesus first statement to Simon must have sounded strange. That was like calling a dwarf, Goliath! Andrew must have thought, “My brother a rock? Doesn’t he know how unstable he is?” But Jesus never uttered any hasty, ill-timed statements. This new name indicated that Jesus clearly understood Simon’s instability, and what He would make of Simon by his grace. Jesus saw Simon’s potential. We should never forget this oscillating, vacillating fisherman became the solid, steady apostle who dominated the first half of the Book of Acts.”
We also have our identity given to us by Him; we are called Christians, those who are Christlike. He calls us that not because of His confidence in us, but due to His confidence in His power to accomplish that!
Let us be clear, He not only knows the identity of the believer, He also knows the identity of the false apostles, prophets, and Christians (Jn.13:11/2 Tim. 2:19).
B. His Humility.
Where did it come from? From knowing Jesus! Lu. 5:7-8
On the other hand false teachers are marked by pride because they do not know God (Jude 8-10).
C. His Authority.
He is an apostle by the sovereign choice of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mt. 10:1-2,5).
Simon Peter is the real deal! How do we know that he has genuine spiritual knowledge? Because he knows and is known by Jesus Christ, and demonstrates that Jesus was his everything – his identity; his motivation for humility; and his very authority.
Peter is a seasoned Christian, which means that he has been going through the process of being reduced to Jesus.