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personal notes from 2 Peter, part 2…

 Peter wrote this short epistle to those of “like faith” or those with the same kind of faith as his. This faith, he says, is IN the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (v.1) The faith like Peter’s is discovered as we read further in the first chapter as the Majestic Glory revealed to him (and two other disciples) on the mount of transfiguration (v.17). He is not reporting fables to us! (v.16) He was an eyewitness to the power and coming (presence) of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Majesty of Glory that will be His in the coming kingdom.

If I (we) want an abundant entrance into His kingdom, then I must pay close attention to my present-day character. These character traits are unfolded and specifically described in this first chapter. These qualities depend upon each other and must work together to make up my whole, essential character. Verses 5-7 are not to be read as “stair-step qualities.!” That would destroy the meaning meant to convey to me as to how to become a partaker of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world by lust (v.4).

Here are verses 5-7:

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

This is the way it needs to be understood:

For this very reason, stated in verses 3 and 4, employing all diligence, an essential quality in the exercise of faith (pleasing God because of “things to come”) is virtue – strong character, manliness, courage, purposeful acting, courageous manner in the energy of the spirit –

and an essential quality in the exercise of virtue is knowledge (an accumulation of facts) –

and an essential quality in the exercise of knowledge is self-control (learning where, what time frame, to put the accumulated knowledge – literally means “continence.” The facts must be contained in their proper abode.) –

and an essential quality in the exercise of self control is perseverance (literally means: “an abiding under.” I am to abide, live under and within the limits of God’s provision for me because of the accumulated facts I have concerning Him and His measurements of time.) –

and an essential quality in the exercise of perseverance is godliness (I think of godliness as contentment with God’s plans and purposes for me and all His creation, knowing full well that He is in control so that I do not have to be!) –

and an essential quality in the exercise of godliness is brotherly kindness ( My “brother” is one, who, like me, has intense desire to please God and search His word for commands to obey. Befriending a brother is to know that God is working in his/her life in ways I may not understand from my point of view. I must develop God’s point of view – not willing any to perish, He is making everything pertaining to life in the coming kingdom available to him/her, as well.) –

and an essential quality in the exercise of brotherly kindness is love (“agape” love gives! – of herself in needful ways to the “brethren.”).

Now – read it backwards! And I will paste verses 3 and 4 for you:

2Pe 1:3 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.

2Pe 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

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October 5, 2010 - Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

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