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Summary: By possessing and growing these seven qualities, we will be able to live victoriously in this life and to joyously in the next

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“What Sort of People Ought You To Be…”

Growing A Christ-Like Character

Reading: 2 Peter 3:10-18

Text: 2 Peter 1:1-11

INTRODUCTION

In our lesson today we are going to consider the final words of the Apostle Peter as they are recorded in Second Peter. This letter is addressed to all the faithful and is intended to “…stir you up by way of reminder.” 2 Peter 1:13b

a.Written with an awareness that his death was imminent

2 Peter 1:14

b.Reminder that false teachers would seek to lead them astray

2 Peter 2:1-2

c.Reminder of the words of the prophets and the commandments given to them by the apostles of Jesus Christ

2 Peter 3:1-2

d.Reminder of the coming Day of the Lord 2 Peter 3:10

We are going to examine in the final words of this letter a question and a command Peter gives us:

a.Read 2 Peter 3:10-18

b.Question in v11 “…what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness…”

c.Command v18, a charge to “ grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

[We are not left to wonder what Peter had in mind, for in 2 Peter 1:5-8 we learn...]

I. What It Means To Grow…

A. The Development Of Seven Qualities...

1. These attributes, listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7, have a foundation in faith.

2. Briefly defined...

a.Moral excellence is courage or fortitude, to enable you to profess the faith before men; Virtue

b.Knowledge is wisdom, fully knowing Christ

c.Self-control is keeping every sense under proper restraint.

d.Perseverance is bearing all trials and difficulties with an even mind, enduring in all and through all.

e.Godliness is Piety towards God, holding God in your heart.

f.Brotherly kindness is love toward the brethren

g.Love is love not based on conditions or warrants

3. Now note carefully 2 Peter 1:8

a.We must have these qualities and increasing

b.Only then can it be said that we are growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ

4. It is more than simply increasing our intellectual knowledge of Jesus!

a.Such knowledge has a place, but it is just one of the qualities necessary

b.Peter is talking about growing in a fuller and more personal knowledge of Jesus Christ!

1)Which comes by developing the “ Christ-like” attributes listed in this passage

2)The more we grow in these qualities, the more fully we know Jesus and the closer our character comes to be like Him.

5. Peter makes it clear that it involves more than intellectual knowledge by the Greek word used for knowledge

a.The word is epignosis {ep-ig’-no-sis}, meaning “ to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know accurately, know well” (Thayer)

b.Such knowledge comes only as we demonstrate these “ Christ-like qualities” in our lives

B. In Conjunction With Each Other...

1. Notice the word “add” (or “supply”) in 2 Peter 1:5

a.Before each quality mentioned, the word is implied

b.The word in Greek is epichoregeo {ep-ee-khor-ayg-eh’-o}

1)“ Originally, to found and support a chorus, to lead a choir, to keep in tune”

2)“ Then, to supply or provide”

c.This word suggests each quality working in harmony with the others to produce an overall effect.


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