2 Peter 1:16-21 The Source of Saving Knowledge
2 Peter 1 • V.1-4- Focus on relationship with Jesus based upon understanding the word • V.5-11- The way to grow & grasp entrance into the eternal kingdom • V.12-15- The importance of reminding and keeping these things in mind • V.16-21- What all the above information is based upon
NOT Cleverly Devised Tales • Gk. exakolutheo- imitate, observe & follow, an emphatic term used ONLY by Peter…. 2 Peter 2:2- following after sensuality 2 Peter 2:15- following after way of Balaam
We ARE to Follow the Apostles 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. Philippians 3:17-18 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 3:18For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ
Especially Their Teaching 2 Timothy 2:2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
“Parousia” was not a clever myth Because they were witnesses of his majesty! and Eyewitness testimony is accepted in any court.
Eyewitnesses & Earwitnesses Clearly heard the message for 3 groups for ages to come. • Some run to Moses for guidance • Some listen/twist the prophets • Some make the decision on their own on how to honor God This is my Beloved Son, My Chosen One, listen to Him!
The Prophetic Word was MORE Sure “give attention” - Gk. prosecho- to bring near, be attentive, to devote thought and effort The prophecies are reliable, trustworthy, and deserving of study.
To answer accusations… • “We don’t need the O.T.?” • “We don’t need to study the O.T.?” • “You don’t believe in the O.T.?” • FALSE! • The Old Testament is a lamp shining in a (lit. very) dark place.
When does the Morningstar dawn in our heart? Galatians 3:24-25 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
When does the Morningstar dawn in our heart? Hebrews 10:9-10 then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10:10By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
When does the Morningstar dawn in our heart? 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 15But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. When we accept Jesus!
Why are the prophecies sure? • B/c they’re not of private “interpretation” Gk. Epiluo - to untie a knot, unloose a burden and disclose the contents….. Men did NOT speak as THEY wished • B/c they spoke as “moved” by the Holy Spirit, they spoke from God “moved”- borne along, impelled…from God As they wrote, spoke and taught you CAN believe.