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personal notes from 2 Peter, part 12…

 You’ve read verses 9-19 in 2 Peter 2 – right? Some tough ones to understand? Usually that’s because we don’t want to believe the plainness of the subject. Remember the theme of chapter 1 – having an abundant entrance into the coming age-lasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The first chapter gives us the testimony of Peter’s that he had of the Majestic Glory spoken by God, the Father, Himself, being an eye-witness of His Majesty. Then, in chapter 2, v.10 we read: “…those who endulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority (govenrment). Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties (“glories”).

Satan and his angels are the rulers and powers of the principalities in high places at the present time. Those of like faith as Peter’s have the opportunity to reign in the stead of the present rulers and powers; yet, there are some who revile those who are striving for the mastery of their character by supplying in their faith, moral excellence. Keep in mind that these heresies that once one has believed that all heavenly privileges are theirs and all Christians will be equal in the end has been secretly introduced. This is a dire warning that Peter is attempting to get across to the “like faith” ones. Are you hearing? We must pay heed lest we let the things we have been taught concerning the coming reign of our Lord slip from our memory and run our race in vain.

I will put these verses here for you. Just read them, as they are, again and again.

2Pe 2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

2Pe 2:10 ¶ and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,

2Pe 2:11 whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.

2Pe 2:12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,

2Pe 2:13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,

2Pe 2:14 having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;

2Pe 2:15 forsaking the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,

2Pe 2:16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression; for a dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

2Pe 2:17 These are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.

2Pe 2:18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,

2Pe 2:19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.


October 20, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 11…

 Can’t help it – just gotta make more personal notes in 2 Peter. We are being warned that false teachers will introduce destructive heresies with false words because of their greed. Go ahead, review verses 1-3. That’s a little summary. It also says that MANY will follow them and the Way of the Truth (my capitals) will be “maligned.” (“evil spoken of” in KJV) (“defamed” in Rotherham’s) The transliteration from the Greek into English looks like our word, “blaspheme.”

Well, ain’t it so! The “cleverly devised tales” in 1:16 are a lot more popular with the masses than the “Way of Truth” that declares that prophecy has no interpretation but the Holy Spirit’s and it is a prophecy that includes judgment of all ungodliness. Again, keep in mind to whom this is written. The ones of like faith with Peter! And, we spoke of the examples given in verses 4-8 yesterday.

Today, let’s sit a spell at verse 9 in chapter 2: “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation (trials of faith) – AND – to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.” I love and pause over the first part of this verse, don’t you? But, the rest of the verse is just as true also! I (we of like faith as Peter’s) can be on either side of that “AND.”

However, there is the immediate context that I haven’t mentioned. The example given from the O. T. is Lot, of all people. He was given the opportunity of choosing his “homeplace” and chose the plains of a well-known wicked city because it was “pleasant to his eyes.” His righteous soul was tormented every day by unprincipled men who performed lawless deeds. Yet, the Lord rescued him before reducing the cities to ashes.

I know – and am thankful – that the Lord works this way for His chosen ones; however, I also know this is not His perfect will because of the rest of this chapter, and a most important warning in verses 20-22:

2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

2Pe 2:21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them.

2Pe 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”

October 19, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 10…

 Well, that’s as far as my personal notes go! Friday’s post was it. The Ladies Bible study took priority in my study life and overlapped into my “personal notes” life. But, I was sitting here reading 2 Peter, chapter 2 and concluded that personal notes were not necessary. Peter is black and white writing. No gray areas. Which reminds me of one of the worst ways to so-call study is to attempt to make up what one thinks is what the author really means.

When Peter says that :

  • God did not spare the angels that sinned from chains in Tartarus – pits in darkness.
  • God did not spare the ancient world, preserving only 8 souls.
  • God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, reducing them to ashes – having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter!

Then, God means what He says! We would do well to study these examples so that we do not find ourselves “destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Also, verse 9 would then become very meaningful when we read that the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptations (trials of their faith). But, this verse goes on to say: “AND to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority (government).”

The examples in the aforementioned verses are serious warnings to “those who have obtained like faith as Peter’s” because that is to whom he is writing. Please keep that in mind. These warnings are not to what you think of as “the lost.!”

So, here’s verses 4-10 for you:

2Pe 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

2Pe 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2Pe 2:6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter;

2Pe 2:7 ¶ and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men

2Pe 2:8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day with their lawless deeds),

2Pe 2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

2Pe 2:10 ¶ and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,

October 18, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 9…

 In the opening verses of chapter 2, we have the phrases, “false prophets,” “false teachers,” “false words,” along with the descriptive words, “greed,” “make merchandise,” “destructive heresies,” and “sensuality,” (pampering and indulging the flesh – selfish ambitions). One would think that these behaviors would be entirely obvious; but, not so. These false teachers secretly introduce destructive heresies. Here are verses 1-3:

2Pe 2:1 ¶ But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

3 ¶ and in [their] greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Let’s make a list:

  1. false teachers
  2. among the beloved
  3. secretly introduce
  4. destructive heresies
  5. denying the Master who bought them
  6. many will follow!
  7. They are sensual
  8. the way of the truth is maligned (39 Xs in N. T. – “blaspheme,” “revile”)
  9. greedy
  10. exploit with false words
  11. they will be judged
  12. destruction will be their lot

Remember that from chapter 1, v. 20, that “no phrophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation?” Very stealthily, though, false teachers will secretly introduce destructive heresies concerning the theme of the Bible – the coming age-lasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (1:11) The way of the truth is no longer even recognizable in so-called Christendom. Much merchandise is published and airways abound with the heresies against holy conduct that merits a “well-done, thy good and full of faith servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.”

October 15, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 8…

 One of the differences between my just making personal notes as I read through a book is that I usually don’t go off on side trails to study a subject introduced in my reading. At the beginning of the second chapter of 2 Peter, is the phrase “But false prophets also arose among the people.” A study of false prophets in the Old Testament becomes a temptation at this point. However, 2 Peter has a close relationship to the little book of Jude in the N. T. and gives me plenty of information to review. Jude compares a couple of O. T. false prophets with warnings to us readers – just as Peter does. It’s an example of history repeating itself.

The first verse of 2 Peter 2 reads: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. Deut 13:1; Matt 24:11; Acts 20:29; 1Tim 4:1; 2Tim 3:1

Now, let’s take a look at Jude.

(Jude 1:1) Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

(Jude 1:2) Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

(Jude 1:3) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

(Jude 1:4) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Jude 1:5) I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

(Jude 1:6) And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

(Jude 1:7) Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

(Jude 1:8) Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

(Jude 1:9) Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

(Jude 1:10) But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

(Jude 1:11) Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

(Jude 1:12) These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

(Jude 1:13) Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

(Jude 1:14) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

(Jude 1:15) To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

(Jude 1:16) These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

(Jude 1:17) But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

(Jude 1:18) How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

(Jude 1:19) These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

(Jude 1:20) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

(Jude 1:21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

(Jude 1:22) And of some have compassion, making a difference:

(Jude 1:23) And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

(Jude 1:24) Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

(Jude 1:25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

You will not know truth by studying error! Are you studying truth?

October 14, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 7…

Lots and lots of books on prophecy now-a-days. Must be good money makers; however, the bestseller of all times promises a more sure prophetic word to which I would be doing well to pay attention. It is compared to a lamp shinning in a dark place – it is all that matters. When electricity goes out, we head for our lantern. It is the first and only thing we think about until we find it – hopefully – in its assigned place. Verses 16-21 of the first chapter read:

(2Pet 1:16) 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.

(2Pet 1:17) 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.

(2Pet 1:18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

(2Pet 1:19) 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:

(2Pet 1:20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

(2Pet 1:21) 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.

I wonder just how many “cunningly devised fables” have been written about this great prophecy! Peter, though, was an eyewitness of the majesty and power of the coming presence of our Lord. This is a first-hand report. Why read any other? Can you imagine hearing God, the Father’s, voice! Peter says he has the sure word of prophecy and the Father can be well-pleased with us if we TAKE HEED! But, there is something we MUST know – right up front. We are not allowed our own private interpretation! You cannot have your own method of interpreting prophecy. God has a “built-in” method! Peter will reveal it to us in chapter 3. Meanwhile, chapter 2 will be a warning concerning false prophets and teachers – “among you” – beloved!

October 13, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 6…

 1st and 2nd Peter are very doctrinal books. You must know doctrine – it leads to faith behaviors! Or – it should. I have been a pastor’s wife and a home missionary’s wife (all the same husband), lived in 7 states, and interacted with many, many people who have no clue to doctrine. I must know doctrine for my daily living. Every thought, word, deed, is up for judgment – now, or later. It is imperative to have a standard of measurement that does not, will not, change. Circumstances change, God’s Word does not. Ahhh…thank you, Father!

Verses 5 and 11 of this first chapter have the same Greek word in them with different translations in the KJV. It is the word, “add” in v. 5 and, “ministered,” in verse 11. Same Greek word, meaning “supply,” as translated in the NAS. If I supply the qualities, mentioned in these verses, to my daily living now, then an abundant entrance into the age-during reign of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be supplied to me. That’s worth being diligent to practice these things! (v.10)

There are a couple of methods of encouragement for me (us) in verses 12-18. One is continual reminders of these things; the other is testimony of what Peter (we, too) has seen and heard. (We can do this only if we study; then, we can testify as to what we have seen and heard from God’s Word.)

Continual Reminders – for my memory to establish me in the truth (v.12 – 15)

2Pe 1:12 ¶ Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you [already] know [them], and have been established in the truth which is present with [you.]

13 And I consider it right, as long as I am in this [earthly] dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,

14 knowing that the laying aside of my [earthly] dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you may be able to call these things to mind.

Personal testimony (teaching) from one’s own study and knowledge (v. 16 – 18)

2Pe 1:16 ¶ For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”–

18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

Note the theme that will motivate me for godly living – prophecy concerning the Glory, majesty, power, and coming of my Lord Jesus Christ.

October 12, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 5…

 Verse 10 begins with “Therefore.” So – read parts 1-4 to find out what this “therefore” is for; and I will give you a sneak peek in verse 11 of what it is for: an abundant entrance into the age-lasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

When the above character qualities are mine and increasing and I am bearing fruit in the knowledge of my Lord, I am to diligently bring in beside those the certain – stable – sure-footed – calling and choosing (election) of me. Practicing these things, I will never stumble – from the straight and narrow path leading to life in the age to come.

The Alternate Literal version reads like this: 2Pe 1:10 For this reason, rather, brothers [and sisters], be eager [or, diligent] to be making certain His calling and choice [or, election] of you, for these [things] doing, you shall by no means stumble at any time.

I like “For this reason,” don’t you? And, it is a super reason, I must say! I want the results.

I think this refers back to the opening verses 1-4, also; because the Concordant Literal says, “now for this same thing also.” Here are the “same things” that Peter has:

  1. a bond-servant of Jesus Christ
  2. precious faith
  3. the righteousness of God
  4. grace and peace multiplied
  5. the knowledge of God
  6. His divine power
  7. things pertaining to life in the age to come and godliness
  8. exceeding great and precious promises
  9. partakers of the divine nature

Mary, having brought in beside these 9 things, the above mentioned godly qualities (v.5-7) in your character, be DILIGENT!…….

October 8, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 4…..

Personal notes are different from an in-depth study. Personal notes are personable! To me – making them just for me and to me from my Lord. I cannot just read for reading sake. The scriptures can give me wisdom that leads to salvation which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim. 3:15b) This is a “led-to” salvation and I want it! Every God-breathed word has the potential for profit on my account at the judgment seat of Christ. It is profitable for teaching doctrine, for conviction and reproof, for chastening (child-training) in righteousness (so that I can be justified). (from 2 Tim. 3:16) The study and personal application equips me for every good work, of which I will be judged.

Without the 9 essential character qualities increasing in me, I will not be able to put together the knowledge of good and evil concerning the future judgment seat! If I judge between the good for profit and the good for nothing works, actions, thoughts and intents of my heart now, and do and think the good, there will be no need for judgment then.

Lots of time I preface my journaling with “Mary” – the Lord calling me by name. Not a bad idea for you, too.

1:9 – “Mary, if you lack these qualities you are blind! Short-sighted – only being able to see your days from your point of view, not Mine. Faith SEES things to come and orders her way accordingly. You must keep in remembrance – at all times, in every situation – that you have been washed – purged – from your former sins (literally, “every time you missed the mark”).

Here I got reminded of Hebrews 1:3 – Mary, when I made purification of your sins, I sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. I now make intercession on your behalf. My fresh, shed blood is on the mercy seat and is applied when you confess your sins, now. I even cleanse you from all unrighteousness. (1 Jn. 1:9) Past is covered. Present is available upon confession.

I must live with this knowledge at every moment to be able to see “things to come.” Eye-salve is available for this malady. (Rev. 3:18) But, you must pay the price for it. Never move away from My provision – studying to be approved – developing godly qualities for righteousness – and making your calling and election steadfast, unmovable.

In case you don’t have your Bible handy, here are verses 1-9:

2Pe 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.(NASB)

October 7, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

personal notes from 2 Peter, part 3…

 Did you read my “expanded” version of verses 5-7 backwards yesterday? Fess up! How ’bout I type it for you to read here? First, let me explain why I think this is important.

Verse 8: “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing (more in quantity AND quality), they render you neither useless (inactive/unemployed) nor unfruitful in the epignosis (the knowledge gained as one “puts together”, with understanding, her study of the Bible) of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You see that word, “useless,” meaning inactive/unemployed? Reminds me of our Lord’s command to “Occupy til He comes.” Also, I am thinking of the servant who knew the Lord’s will concerning the talent he had been given – to make a profit – but, instead, buried it, returning it – with no “fruit.” What was this servant’s problem? He did not develop the necessary qualities in his character to gain entrance into the coming kingdom of our Lord.

Peter is telling us here that we have been given everything necessary for development of these qualities. Here is what happens when we read this portion backwards:

“In the exercising of giving yourself in love to your brother, you will develop kindness – giving preference to him/her, with honor, from your heart.

In the exercising of brotherly kindness, you will develop godliness, without which no one will see God.

In the exercising of godliness, you will develop perseverance – that absolutely needed quality in praying for all the saints (Eph. 6:18).

In the exercising of perseverance, you will develop self-control (one aspect of the fruit of the Spirit necessary for gentleness, growing out of love).

In the exercising of self-control, you will develop the knowledge of the facts you glean, enabling your epignosis to expand.

In the exercising of knowledge, you will develop the necessary quality of moral excellence.”

ALL these qualities, working together, and increasing, are necessary to FAITH which is able to please God and gain rewards and promises.

October 6, 2010 Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately | Leave a comment

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