THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PETER
Leader’s Study Guide
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue [valor]:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence [haste] to make your calling [invitation] and election [selection] sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered [fully supplied] unto you abundantly [richly] into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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 [right], as long as I am in this tabernacle [body], 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 shewed 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 [to make wiser] devised fables [tales], when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he [Christ] 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 [morning star] arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [one’s own] interpretation [explanation].
1. How can a person enjoy peace with God, the peace of God and the peace from God?
2. How can it be said the believer shares the divine nature?
3. List four types of knowledge.
4. Along with Peter what other disciples formed an inner circle within the apostolic band and what evidence is there for this inner group?
5. What name is given to Christ in 1 Peter 1:19?
2 Peter 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.
Personal Reflection and Application
1. Recall and share an incident when you showed grace to someone who did not merit the moment.
2. How many of the following characterize your growth in the journey of grace?
· Faith, more persuasion
· Virtue, valor or excellence
· Temperance, self control
· Patience, cheerful endurance
· Godliness, holiness
· Kindness, love of the brethren
· Charity, an affection of benevolence
3. Why do you think there are so many challenges to the historic faith of the church from those who profess to be Christian? How can the conservative believe temper the abuses that rise from freedom of private interpretation of the Scriptures?
4. As you look back over your life as a believer what do you remember most about your journey in grace?
5. Are you prepared to die? If the Lord revealed to you that your death was near, how would you respond, or at least hope to respond?
Was the Church Built upon Peter?
1:1 Simon Peter. Peter was told that, in a specialized way, he would be the foundation of the church. The words of Jesus are very plain in Matthew 16:18. “Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church.”
It is customary for conservative Bible commentators to be dogmatic in trying to stress a play on words in this verse by appealing to the original language so that the second word for rock (petra; a mass of rock) refers to Christ and not Peter (petros; a large piece of rock like a detached boulder).
While anyone can be sympathetic to every effort to protect the honor of the Lord and His relationship to the Church, it is not necessary to reword the biblical terminology—or church history.
As Jesus had promised, so it was. The earliest records indicate that Jesus did build His church upon Peter. The Lord honored His commitment. Even a casual reading of the Book of Acts will see that it happened as the Lord predicted.
· It was Peter who preached on the Day of Pentecost and three thousand souls were saved. (Acts 2:42)
· It was Peter who suggested the selection of Matthias to take the place of Judas as an apostle. (Acts 1:15-22) And while the outworking of that suggestion has a lot to be desired, it does show leadership among the brethren.
· It was Peter who healed the lame beggar in the portico of the Temple saying, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:4-6).
· It was Peter who was falsely accused by the Rulers of the People and the Elders of the Council of Israel; and it was Peter who gave a defense of Christ. (Acts 4:8-12,29)
· It was Peter who foretold the death by divine discipline of Ananias and Sapphira. (Acts 5:1-11)
· It was Peter who was imprisoned and scourged and who had to give a second defense before the Jewish Council. (Acts 5:17-42)
· It was Peter who was first sent to Samaria as the Church expanded its missionary labors and souls were brought into the Kingdom in obedience to the command of Christ. (Acts 8:14)
· It was Peter who prayed for the reception of the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:15-18).
· It was Peter who rebuked Simon, the sorcerer, when that greed son of Satan desired to purchase the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18-24).
· It was Peter who returned to Jerusalem to report on the great grace of God (Acts 8:25).
· It was Peter who received Paul into the fellowship of the church and the work of the ministry (Gal.1: 18; 2:9).
· It was Peter who visited Lydda and healed Aeneas (Acts 9:32-34).
· It was Peter who visited Joppa and stayed with Simon the tanner in order to raise Dorcas from the dead (Acts 9:36-43).
· It was Peter who had a vision of a sheet containing ceremonially clean and unclean animals representing the Gentiles to whom the gospel was to be given (Acts 10:9-16).
· It was Peter who received the servant of the centurion, ministered in Caesarea, preached to the centurion and his household in the middle of the night and had a baptism service (Acts 10).
· It was Peter who advocated the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles in the hearing of the apostles and elders (Acts 11:1-18; 15:7-11).
· It was Peter who, when imprisoned, was delivered by an angel (Acts 12:3-19).
· It was Peter who wrote some of the earliest letters of the Bible.
· It was Peter who told his story to a young man named John Mark who wrote a gospel that bears his name.
The life of Peter is foundational in manifesting the visible church of Jesus Christ.
Of course there is but One ultimate Foundation for the Church as 1 Corinthians 3:11 teaches. “For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” In his debates with Erasmus and Meister Eck Martin Luther stressed this point with the Catholic Church.
However, there is a secondary sense conveyed in the language of Matthew 16 and confirmed by Church history. The Lord really did fulfill His great promise to Peter. Upon his labors, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church was built in a visible manner (Rev. 21:14; Eph. 2:20).
1:10 calling and election sure.
Characteristics of a
1. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite presents to the world a facade of righteousness while a secret life is lived full of evil thoughts and intentions with a willingness to indulge itself at the right time and place.
2. The heart of a Religious Hypocrite is convincing. Individuals can lead a double life for many years without attracting undue attention. But the religious façade cannot last forever. Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said that "You can fool most of the people some of the time and you can fool some of the people most of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
3. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is compartmentalized. This mental exercise allows a person to function without prolonged guilt having to be dealt with or excessive distraction from normal duties.
4. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is sincere in as far as it functions and in whatever category it operates. When the evil in the heart is allowed to manifest itself, the evil is intentional for it will produce a tremendous amount of personal pleasure on some level. And when religious activities are engaged in the activities also bring soulish pleasure.
5. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is bold. Whatever initial apprehensions of being discovered are quickly silenced.
6. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is desperately wicked. As the religious part of the soul grows in its abilities to perform legal duties before God the part of the soul enslaved to sin also grows more sophisticated and perverse.
7. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is impure and therefore will not see God in the sense of being able to abide in His presence forever. Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in spirit for they shall see God."
8. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is an unhappy heart.
● Psalms 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…. 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
9. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite cannot be helped by human methods nor by any efforts at moral reformation. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is beyond human repair or redemption.
● Every world principle of wisdom will prove false
● Every program relied upon will have to be replaced by the next
● Every promise of hope will be shattered
● Every new practice or technique will be discarded
10. Any effort to use the church or the gospel message alone to defeat the Twisted Man in the soul, deny his presence, or control his urges will prove to be meaningless. Only Chris can sanctify the soul and set it free.
11. The heart of a Religious Hypocrite can be found in any spiritually minded person.
● Ministers. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
● Deacons. Rev 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. cf Acts
● Church members. Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
● Apostles. John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
12. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is emotionally hardened which allows the mind to move the body from evil to religions and then back to more intense expressions of unrighteousness.
13. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite can be doctrinally correct and morally corrupt. Many individuals will be surprised in the Day of Judgment to discover they will not be allowed into heaven.
● Matt 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
14. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is delighted to find those of like mind and faith in spiritual matters and also delighted for find those of like mind and faith in the area of sensuality or other area of deviance from Scripture.
● 1 Cor 1:1-3 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
● 1 Cor 5:1-6 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
15. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite can give good counsel to others and yet be incapable of applying spiritual counsel to itself due to pride, fear of exposure, or a concern that all will be lost. And so the slow dance with spiritual death continues until the last waltz.
16. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite is sensitive to spiritual matters and yet enslaved to the dark side of life. He can weep at the sight of a wounded Savior and then commit those sins which wounded the Son of the Living God: “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, and heresies” (Gal. 5:19-20).
17. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite can evaluate itself and even at times detest the Twisted Little Man inside the Soul and never be different. What the Religious Hypocrite can never do is go to the temple and say with sincerity, "God, be merciful to me the sinner."
18. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite eternally lies to itself at critical moments in order to engage in sin as easily at it sings the songs of Zion. In this manner a soul is carried captive by Satan at his will.
● I am better now
● I am different
● The past is now behind me
● I will never do that again
● I am just curious
● One little look won't hurt
● One little drink is not that much
● I will be different tomorrow
● No one will know
● It has been a long time
● God will forgive me no matter what I do
19. The heart of the Religious Hypocrite becomes sophisticated in sin and sophisticated in acts of religious worship.
20. There is hope for the Religious Hypocrite. The hope is not in a change of heart but in a new heart where upon is written the Law of God.
Ministers of the gospel must give hope to those in the assembly who may be a secret Religious Hypocrite while taking heed to themselves.
● 2 Tim 2:25-26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Doctrine of Remembrance
1. God has promised that He will not forget some matters but will remember.
· God will remember the covenant He has made not to destroy the earth again by floodwaters. Genesis 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
· God will remember the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Leviticus 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Note. It is not wrong in prayer to remind God of the covenant He has made. This becomes a strong basis of appeal for the desires of the heart. Exodus 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
· God will remember acts of treachery. They will not go unchallenged or unpunished. 1 Samuel 15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
· God will remember the early seeking of Him. Jeremiah 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
· God will remember and will visit in judgment sin that is unrepented and unforsaken. Joshua 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. Jeremiah 14:10 Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
· God will remember to make a new covenant with His people. Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Ezekiel 16:60 60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.
2. As God remembers so Christians are to remember certain matters.
· Christians are to remember their spiritual heritage. Exodus 13:3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
· Christians are to remember to keep the Sabbath day holy. Exodus 20:8 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
· Christians are to remember the LORD God Himself. Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
· During days of national calamity and warfare Christians are to remember the Lord and then fight to protect heart, hearth and home. Nehemiah 4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
· Christians are to remember how past transgressions provoke the Lord to anger. Deuteronomy 9:7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.
· Christians are to remember the treachery and hostile acts of others at times in order to make prudent decisions about future relationships. Deuteronomy 25:17 Remember what Amalek [a chieftain of an Edomite tribe] did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt.
Note. Amalek and the Amalekites attacked the Hebrews without provocation or cause. Moses predicted God would continually wage war against them (Ex 17:14-16), which He did in the days of Joshua.
· Christians are to remember their cultural and spiritual history. Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
Succeeding generations should say, “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old” (Psalm 44:1).
· Christians are to remember the Word of God through the lips of His prophets. Joshua 1:13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.
· Christians are to remember the great acts of divine miracles and righteous judgments of the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
· Christians are to remember the days of old and mediate on the works of God. Psalms 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
· Christians are to remember the love of God. Song of Solomon 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
· Christians are to remember the uniqueness of God. Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
· Christians are to remember past acts of divine faithfulness in providing for daily needs. Matthew 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
· Christians are to remember Lot’s wife. Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.
· Christians are to remember the doctrinal teachings of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
· Christians are to remember the death of Christ often. Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
· Christians are to remember the sufferings of others. Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
· Christians are to remember to have respect for and submit to those who rule in the church. Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
· Christians are to remember and study the apostolic writings. Jude 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
· Christians who have backslidden are to remember the exalted position from which they have fallen and repent. Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
· Christians who are living an inconsistent and hypocritical life are to remember all the grace and goodness and bible doctrine they have received and heart. Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
3. Sometimes the people of God remember events and circumstances in an unrealistic manner. When they were upset with the food they had to eat the people complained to Moses saying in Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: Because it is possible for perception to become a reality the heart must be guarded to stay close to the truth.
4. In a spirit of humility it is not wrong to plead with the Lord to remember to show grace and mercy.
· Samson pleaded for the Lord to remember him and bless him with strength. Judges 16:28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
· Hannah pleaded with the Lord to remember her and bless her with a child. 1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
· King Hezekiah pleaded with the Lord to remember and to extend his life. 2 Kings 20:3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
· King Solomon pleaded with the Lord to remember the past mercies promised to his father David, and bless his own reign. 2 Chron 6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.
· Nehemiah pleaded with the Lord to remember his good deeds, and bless him again. Nehemiah 13:14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.
· Job pleaded with the Lord to remember how fragile he had been made. Job 10:9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
· David pleaded with the Lord to remember His own attributes of mercy and kindness. Psalms 25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
· The psalmist pleaded with the Lord to remember the people He had purchased by a great work of redemption. Psalms 74:2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
· Special prayer is asked that the Lord will remember that foolish individuals had dared to blasphemy His holy name. Psalms 74:18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
· The Lord is asked to remember how short time is for mortals. Psalms 89:47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
· The Lord is asked to remember when the heart carries the best interest of others and still there is suffering for righteousness sake. Psalms 89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
· The Lord is asked to remember the treachery of individuals who should have helped but sought to hurt as the Edomites moved to destroy the Hebrews. Psalms 137:7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
· The Lord is asked not to disgrace His throne by turning it from a throne of grace and mercy to a throne of utter destruction. Jeremiah 14:21 Do not abhor [hate] us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
· Habakkuk pleaded with the Lord to remember to have mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
· The dying thief pleaded with the Lord to be allowed to enter into the kingdom. Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
“There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
5. As appeals are made for God to remember certain matters so an appeal is made for the Lord not to remember other events.
· God is asked not to remember youthful sins or more mature transgressions. Psalms 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. Psalms 79:8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
· God has promised that He will blot out and not remember the sins of the saints. Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
6. Spiritual healing and blessing comes to those who remember.
· The heart of the psalmist was encouraged when he remembered the Lord. Psalms 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee…
· In days of adversity it is good to remember the formers years of God’s great goodness and grace. Psalms 77:10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. Psalms 77:11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
· Great mercy is promised to those who remember the commandments of the Lord and keep them. Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
7. Some spiritual souls would rather suffer and die than not remember the goodness of God. Psalms 137:6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
8. An appeal is made to young people in particular to remember the Lord. Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
9. In heaven and in hell the memory is not extinguished. Individuals are called upon to remember the good or the evil they have done. Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Doctrine of Death
1. Death is spoken of in a variety of ways in the Scripture.
· Death is giving up the ghost
Gen 25:8; 35:29;
Lam 1:19; Acts 5:10
· Death is called the King of Terrors
· Death brings about a change
· Death involves going to the father’s
Gen 15:15; 25:8; 35:29
· Death is a putting off this tabernacle 2 Pet 1:14
· Death is required of the soul Luke 12:20
· Death is going the way whence there is no return apart from the resurrection
· Death is being gathered to our people
· Death is going down into silence
· Death is returning to dust Gen 3:19 Psa 104:29
· Death is being cut down Job 14:2
· Death is as fleeing as a shadow Job 14:2
· Death is a departing Phil 1:23
· Death is like falling sleep Deut 31:16; Job 7:21; 14:12;
Jer 51:39; Dan 12:2; John 11:11;
Acts 7:60; 13:26; 1 Cor 15:6;
1 Thess 4:14
2. Some people have been or will be exempt from the act of dying.
· Enoch walked with God and suddenly was not
Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5
· Elijah was taken into heaven by a whirlwind
2 Kings 2
· The living saints at the second coming of Christ will not die
1 Corinthians 15:52
3. Some people have been raised from the dead.
· The son of the widow of Zarephath
1 Kings 17:17-23
· The Shunammite’s son
2 Kings 4:32-37
· The young man laid in Elisha’s tomb
2 Kings 13:21
· The widow’s son
· The daughter of Jarius
· Lazarus John 11:43,44
· Dorcas Acts 9:37-40
· Eutychus Acts 20:9-12
4. There are no deaths in heaven.
· Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5. For a variety of reasons death has been desired by the greatest of saints.
· Moses Leadership burdens
· Elijah Depression 1 Kings 19:4;
· Job Sufferings Job 6:8-11; 7:1-3,
· Jonah Pettiness Jonah 4:8
· Simeon Life fulfilled Luke 2:29
· Paul Anticipating the glory 2 Cor 5:2,8; Phil 1:20-23
6. Physical preparation for death included the following rituals.
· A washing of the body Acts 9:37
· An anointing of the body with oils Matthew 26:12
· Wrapping the body in linen Matthew 27::59
· Burning of incense 2 Chronicles 16:14
7. Sometimes the question of cremation arises. For centuries the Catholic Church opposed cremation and regarded it as a great sin. There are several Biblical examples of cremations.
· The Philistines. Joshua 7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? The LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
· King Saul and his sons. 1 Samuel 31:12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
· False prophets. 2 Kings 23:20 And he [King Josiah] slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
· The kings of Edom. Amos 2:1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
· The men of Judah. Amos 6:10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
Note. It seems that the cremations were performed as a form of contempt (Josh 7:25), because the body was badly mutilated (1 Sam 31:12), or because of expediency (Amos 6:10). The passage in Amos 2:1 seems to indicate that the Lord does not totally approve of the act of cremation.
· Joshua 7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? The LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
· 1 Samuel 31:12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
· Amos 6:10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
· Amos 2:1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
8. A premature death may take place as a form of divine judgment.
· Death came suddenly upon the Antediluvians
· The Sodomites
· King Saul
9. Death is symbolized in scriptures.
· By the pale horse
· King of Terrors
10. Because life is short, death is certain, and eternity is real the Bible commands men to prepare for death.
11. To help instruct the heart the death of several of the saints has been recorded.
· The death of Isaac
· The death of Jacob
· The death of Moses
· The death of David
· The death of Zechariah
· The death of Jesus
· The death of Stephen
· The death of Paul
12. In contrast to the death of the righteous is the death of the wicked.
· The death of Dives Luke 16:19-31 19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
13. The death of the wicked is called the Second Death
· Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
· Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
14. There are a number of different types of deaths mentioned in Scripture.
· Physical death. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
· Spiritual death. Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Colossians 2:3 I whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
· Operational death. James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
· Death to self. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
· The death of the Old Man. Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
· Sexual death. Hebrews 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
· The Second Death. Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. ..14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
· Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
16. There are many ways to prepare for death.
Psa 39:4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Eccl 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
James 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Phil 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
A First Person Dramatic Narrative of the Apostle John’s
Eyewitness to Majesty
Stanford E. Murrell
“I first knew about Christ by the testimony of others. My mother Salome was His aunt. It was only natural that I be told me of our remarkable family member. It was whispered about that he was born of Mary while she was still a virgin. While the talk of Jesus was interesting, there was work to be done and, with my brother James, I worked.
Our father Zebedee had been very successful in the fishing business. He owned his own vessel and we were prosperous enough to hire servants. While I was mending my nets once day, a shadow fell across my path. Naturally I glanced up to see Who was blocking the sun. Silhouetted against the blue sky was the form of a Man. I shaded my eyes with my hand and then I saw the face of Jesus. He was ordinary looking in many ways. People did not call Him handsome. He was of medium height and had a grown man's full beard. His feet were shod with sandals and He wore an ordinary seamless robe. But there was something compelling about His mere presence.
As I looked up and He looked down, it was as if Jesus was looking into my soul. Suddenly he said something that changed my life forever. He invited me to follow Him. To this day, I cannot explain it, but I rose up and I followed Him. And that is how I came to know Jesus personally. I never expected that I would come to know Christ by Divine revelation but I did.
One night Peter and James and I were taken by Jesus up into a mountain to pray and talk.
We were very tired and fell asleep only to be awakened by a bright light that glowed all around us. After rubbing our eyes we actually saw Christ being transfigured before our eyes (Matt. 17). His face suddenly began to shine as the sun, and His clothing became white as the light. That in itself was spectacular but there more to come. From out of nowhere appeared Moses and Elijah. Don't ask me how I knew it was Moses and Elijah; I just knew. They had stepped from the realm of eternity into the stream of human consciousness.
I hope you can appreciate what I am saying. Perhaps you have had a sense of the eternal in a small way yourself. You know that a person can pick up a book on history and enter into a particular time period. The narrative can be so intensely followed that the soul is almost transported backwards or forward in time. But then the consciousness of it all abruptly comes to a conclusion and the mind is back in the present.
Of course the difference between that experience and what I experienced is Moses and Elijah were literally present that night in the mountain. I saw them and so did Peter and James.
And speaking of Peter, you know he was so excited by the displaying of the Divine glory he wanted to stay on that mountain forever. An impulsive thought crossed his mind and Peter blurted it out. “Lord! he said. This is wonderful! It is good for us to be here. Now, with your permission, let us make three dwelling places; one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
I don't know where Peter got the "us" part for the work he was planning that night. James and I were not consulted about his vision to build. We had no desire to stay in the mountain permanently. And why only three dwelling places?
Maybe Peter did not mind the elements, but James and I did. If Peter was going to build three dwelling places, he could just as easily build six so we could all be more comfortable together.
While Peter was busy making his fantastic plans and trying to persuade the Lord to let everyone stay, a cloud of light overshadowed us all. That made Peter hush up and then we heard a voice. It was the voice of God the Father saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.”
I do not mind telling you that when we heard the voice of God, we were terrified. We fell down on our faces we were so afraid. We were still hugging the earth when Jesus walked over to us and touched us one by one. "Peter, James, John, Arise," He said, "and be not afraid." I remember rising up slowing to my knees and looking around.
James and Peter also looked around. We looked at each other in astonishment. Elijah was gone. Moses was gone. The cloud of light was gone.
There was no one present except the Lord. Other people can say what they will, but I have known Jesus by divine revelation.”
1 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.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious [damnable] ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned [artificial] words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed [weary] with the filthy conversation [manner of life] of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed [tortured] his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [daring] are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the daytime. Spots [stains] they are and blemishes [disgraceful], sporting [reveling] themselves with their own deceivings while they feast [entertain sumptuously] with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling [entrapping] unstable [unfixed] souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous [fraudulent] practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest [squall]; to whom the mist [gloom] of darkness is reserved forever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity [emptiness], they allure [entrap] through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness [lasciviousness], those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
1. Is a universal atonement taught in 2 Peter 2:1?
2. List four distinguishing marks of a false teacher.
3. List ten ways God delivers His children from the power and pollution of sin.
4. List seven characteristics of those who are in the flesh.
5. How might a person know if they are a religious hypocrite?
2 Peter 2: 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished:
Personal Reflection and Application
1. Do you believe in a universal atonement or a particular redemption? Explain your position.
2. Have you visited an inappropriate site on the web? Have you engage in an inappropriate chat room conversation? Are you addicted to pornography and the language of lust? If you are in need of spiritual help in this area please write to me, Pastor Stan Murrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me day or night at 412-443-7851. You will find a non-judgmental, compassionate and understanding friend that would like to help you not have “eyes full of adultery” and help you to be able to “cease from sinning.” But you must call or write immediately. Help is but a moment away.
3. Of the characteristics of those who are in the flesh how many, if any, applies to you at this very moment? What, if anything, are you doing to put to death the lust of the flesh that war against the soul?
4. If you have tried and failed to subdue the flesh what spiritual lessons have you learned in the process? Will you keep trying to mortify the flesh even if you keep failing? Why or why not?
5. What is your attitude toward sin? Do you run after certain practices you know are contrary to the holiness of God? If so, what specifically are you doing that violates your conscience? Make a list of your various lusts and practices so they will stare back at you from a sheet of paper and bring conviction to your heart and repentance.
The Story of Balaam
1. Balaam was an ungodly prophet who lived at Pethor, a city of Mesopotamia (Deut. 23:4).
2. Although he was identified with the Midianites (Num. 31:8) Balaam possessed some knowledge of the true God. Balaam gave honor to the Lord for his prophetic gifts but in the end he was absorbed with himself.
· Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
3. In the year BC 1401, the Israelites encamped in the Plain of Moab. Balak, the king of Moab, united with the Midianites to drive the Israelites away. He wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites for money.
· Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
4. Despite his initial apprehensions over the lawfulness of cursing the Israelites, Balaam decided to speak whatever the Lord gave him. Balak agreed.
5. Seven altars were prepared, upon each of which Balak and Balaam offered a bullock and a ram. Three times Balaam started to speak against Israel and three times his cursing were turned to words of blessing and magnificent prophecies.
· Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
6. Realizing that he could not curse the Israelites, Balaam suggested that the Israelites be led into acts of sexual immorality (Num. 31:16). The results are recorded in Num. 25.
· Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
7. Balaam's life came to an end when Balaam sided with the Midianites in a pitched battle against the Israelites.
· Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
8. The Word of God looks upon Balaam as an evil person full of evil deeds. Jude 1:11 warns about the error of Balaam which was believing that God must in righteousness curse the nation of Israel because of the evil in it. Natural morality gives way to a higher morality based upon the work of Christ at Calvary whereby sinners can be justified in the sight of the Lord.
9. The way of Balaam (2 Pet. 2:15) is the great sin of simony or commercializing the gifts of God.
· 2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
10. The doctrine of Balaam (Rev. 2:14) is to abandon godly separation in favor of worldly conformity. Balaam taught Balak to corrupt people he could not curse (Num. 31:15,16; 22:5; 23:8) by encouraging them to marry Moabite women and so commit spiritual fornication (James 4:4).
· Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
· Numbers 31:15-16 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
· Numbers 22:25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again.
· Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
· James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The tragedy of Balaam is reflected in that he was a man who could have been used in a positive way in the service of the Lord. His soul was sensitive to spiritual matters and he had contact with God in a most unusual way until the day greed was found in his heart.
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [manner of life] and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot [unblemished], and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
1. List seven characteristics of a pure mind.
3. What will happen when Jesus comes again the second time for all that believe?
4. Provide six ways to grow in grace.
5. State four ways to grow in knowledge of Christ our Lord and Savior.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Personal Reflection and Application
1. Of the seven characteristics of a pure mind, how many honestly convey your own spiritual maturity in this area?
2. Of the four ways to grow in knowledge of Christ Jesus have you learned these lessons? What other great truth or insight has the Holy Spirit taught or given you about Christ?
3. Do you believe that Jesus is coming again in the same manner in which He went away—slowly, visibly, bodily—or have you been taught something different such as a secret silent coming of Christ for His saints and then a return with them after seven years with His saints?
4. Can you provide one clear passage in the New Testament, from which the church should get its ultimate view of eschatology, that clearly and simply teaches a seven-year tribulation for the world minus the church? If not would you consider returning to the simplicity of Scripture and Hebrews 9:28?
5. Is the biblical emphasis on the Lordship of Christ for salvation an imposition position to hold? Why or why not?
3:18 Lord and Saviour.
Only those who have first bowed to Christ as the divine LORD GOD can hope for Him to be their Savior. Notice the divine order and emphasis in this matter of the Lordship of Christ.
· Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
· Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
· John 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
· Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
· Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body.
· Phil 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
· 1 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
· 1 Tim 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
· 2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
· Titus 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
· Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
· Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
· Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
· Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
· Titus 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
· 2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
· 2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
· 2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
· 2 Peter 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
· 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
· Jude 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.