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2016 December 11

Transfiguration (1824)
Alexandr Ivanov (1806-1858)
Nazarene Style
Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In 2 Peter 1, Peter identifies himself as a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ. He addresses his epistle to his fellow believers, and he wishes grace and peace upon them through knowing God and Jesus (1-2).
     He urges us to improve our spiritual condition. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. He has given us exceeding great and precious promises by which we are partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world through lust. He calls us to faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance (self control), patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. If these are in us and abound, then we will not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he who lacks these things is blind and nearsighted and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. So we should give diligence to make our calling and election sure: if we do these things we will never fall, and we will have an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (3-11).
     Since these things are so important, Peter told his readers that he would constantly remind them to practice and develop these virtues. Then end of his life was approaching, so he wanted to have his readers remember these things after his death (12-15).
     He had not preached cunningly devised fables to them when he told them about Christ. (Liberalism and related philosophies, flatly deny this statement and the other truth claims in this chapter, alleging that many things in Scripture are myths, sagas, and mistakes). But when Peter, James, and John were with Jesus in the holy mountain, the Father himself said, in an audible voice from heaven, concerning Jesus, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Therefore, we should heed the sure word of prophecy, knowing that no prophecy of the Scripture came form a private source. Rather, holy men of God, spoke, being moved by the Holy Ghost (16-21).]
     [Sermons: John Macarthur. Dick Lucas. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus. In today's chapter, Peter quoted the words of God the Father during the Transfiguration, affirming his love for and pleasure with his Son, Jesus Christ. ]



          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

2 PETER (COVENANT LIVING: Victory Through God)

1. God's Gifts for Spiritual Security (2 Peter 1:1 - 2 Peter 1:21) - 64 A.D. Israel
2. The Insecurity (Coming Destruction) of All Things False & Fallen (2 Peter 2:1 - 2 Peter 3:18) - 64 A.D. Israel

2 Peter 1

1. God's Gifts for Spiritual Security (2 Peter 1:1 - 2 Peter 1:21) - 64 A.D. Israel

     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: 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 [has not] 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 to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly 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, as long as I am in this tabernacle, 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 [brought to remembrance].
     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. 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. 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 arise in your hearts: 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.

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