Summary: Lesson 7 in a study of 2 Peter.
II. The Nature of True Knowledge (2 Peter 1:2-21)
1. A definition of “Nature” is Character
a. Thus we can say the “Character” of true knowledge
b. Synonyms for “Character” is “Quality, Makeup, Personality.”
1. Thus we can say the Quality or the Makeup, or the Personality of True Knowledge.
2. There are three parts to Lesson II.
a. True Knowledge is a Gift from God (2-4) which we have studied.
b. True Knowledge is a Growth in Experience (5-11) which we have studied
c. True Knowledge is a Ground for Certainty (12-21) which is tonight’s lesson.
3. We have studied that Knowledge or recognition
1. Of God
2. Of Who He is
3. Brings about
a. Grace and Peace
b. Life and Godliness
c. Great and Precious Promises
d. Glory and Virtue,
e. A partaking of His divine nature, and
f. An escaping from the longing (lust) of the world’s corruption (defilement)
b. Knowledge or recognition of God comes from
1. Knowing there is a God by the orderly world.
2. Knowing God by the Spirit
Note: We know God as God reveals Himself to us. Therefore, true knowledge is a gift.
3. Know God by the Word.
Note: It takes God to open our eyes (minds). So where ever we are in Him, it takes Him
revealing Himself to us for us to receive a greater knowledge of Our Lord and Saviour.
4. Last week we studied
a. That we were to add to our faith the attributes
6. Brotherly kindness;
b. Adding these seven things to our faith guarantee us
1. To be fruitful in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ which guarantees us
a. To have more Grace
b. To have more Peace
c. To have more Life
d. To have more Godliness
e. To obtain more of the Great Promises
f. To obtain more of the Precious Promises
g. To have more Glory
h. To have more Virtue,
i. To have more of His divine nature, and
j. To escape from the longing (lust) of the world’s corruption (defilement)
2. That we shall never fall:”
3. That an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting
kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Note: He/she who does not add these seven virtues to his/her life
a. Is blind,
b. Cannot see afar off,
c. Forgets that he was purged from his old sins.”
5. Tonight Scripture lesson 2 Peter 2:12-21)”
12) Wherefore 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. 13) Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14) Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me. 15) Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16) For 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. 17) For 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. 18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19) We 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: 20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21) For 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.
12) So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13) I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14) because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15) And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 16) We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17) For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." 18) We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19) And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20) Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21) For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.