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2 Peter 1:1
1 Simon [Sumeon] Peter [Petros], a servant [doulos] and [kai] an apostle [apostolos] of
Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos], to them that have obtained [lagchano] like precious [isotimos]
faith [pistis] with us [hemin] through [en] the
righteousness [dikaiosune] of God [theos] and [kai] our [hemon] Saviour [soter] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos]: KJV-Interlinear
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: NASB
In this letter, Peter
begins with his given name, Simon, and then adds to it the name given to him by
Jesus, which is Peter.
Simon means to hear,
and Peter means a chip of rock.The
hearer is one who listens repeatedly and finally gets it.The chip of rock is a chip from a larger rock.The larger rock being that of Christ.
In his first letter,
Peter addressed those believers who were under pressures of sufferings of every
This letter is
addressed to all believers, anyone who has believed in Christ and has decided
(finally), to listen to His words (doctrine), and grow up in their spiritual life.
This is a letter of
reminder.Not that we do not already know
the content of what he has to say, but that believers have only one defense
against this world and that is the repetition of doctrine that keeps them on
track in their spiritual life.
Without the repetition of
Bible doctrine, believers will stray from their spiritual life into a life of
oblivion, and even with repetition, believers have a tendency to stray out of the
boredom which comes from nothing significant happening in their life, at least
significant in such a manner as they want things to happen.
And then we have the
daily occurrences of life which serve to keep us on track, if for no other
reason but to remind us that we are not in control of our destiny in this
world.The current storm serves as a
great teacher of just how helpless we can become.
Currently we have three
feet of snow and more on the way.Very
abnormal for this time of year and especially here in Oregon, in the coast
range (we typically get one of two inches, not thirty-six inches).Our power has been out for thirty hours now
and the generator is on its last couple of cans of fuel.As power and phone lines are down, one can
only wait for everything to be restored, for roads to be cleared, for the weather
to warm up so all of this white stuff will melt away, and so that life can
resume back to some semblance of normalcy.Warming temperatures are not expected for another week.
The whole country seems
to be getting hammered from a severe winter storm this year.
So, what does that
teach us?That we are helpless, and
depend on powers outside of our control.We can only wait.
But suppose this were
the Tribulation, when life will fall apart with huge storms and disasters, and
there won t be any help, or repairs, or restoration of services, ever.What do you suppose those folks will do?
Well, some will turn to
Christ, some will dig their way out, and most will die.
And what does this have
to do with Peter?This is a reminder
that you need to get your priorities in order in your spiritual life, because life
is a serious matter and not a game.
Your entire eternal
future is at stake, and more than that, the quality of your entire eternity is
There is one common
thread that intersects every persons life, and that common thread is Christ.
Anyone can listen, but
it takes a bit more to hear, and a bit more to accept the mandates of God,
without finding an excuse as to why they do not apply to you.
And more than that, it
takes a whole lot more in you, to get you through whatever suffering you are
having to endure, without falling away from God, from doctrine, and from your
most valuable future.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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