2 Peter 1: 1~21
“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: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 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.” vs 1~3
Peter opens this letter with a mouth full, he gets to the point straight out of the gate. He states his position, a messenger, a bond-servant which means “one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master; a slave.” Peter is clearly indicating he is a channel for the Living Word.
Next he notes his audience “those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours” here his emphasis is those who walk by The Faith, who trust in the Living Word, who accept the Word as their source of life. One whose righteousness is by Faith into Jesus Christ.
From this, grace and peace are multiplied as we appropriate this by Faith. We begin to gain an understanding of God through the Lord. Seeing through the eyes of Faith, we have all we need pertaining to life, and godliness lay before as like a meal. The Holy Spirit reveals true knowledge of Him, and we are called by Him to partake of His excellence.
“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” vs 4
By Faith we trust in the Living Word, and in Faith we embrace “His precious and magnificent promises”. Here we see the emphasis the is recorded in John’s account.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” John 17: 22, 23
It is through His divine nature expressed in us, that we escape the pulls of the lower nature. To partake of His nature requires our action, if you partake of a meal, action is required, and the meal is of no nutritional value apart from partaking.
“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.”He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. John 6: 55, 56
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” vs 5~7
This next portion can be seen as submitting to the Lord, the inward work of the cross. The Lord exposes our weakness, and we find the need to die daily to our fallen nature, and embrace His nature.
In and through His nature we begin a journey, all in Faith, diligently pursuing the qualities of His very being, “in your faith supply moral excellence” this can be seen a virtue, righteousness or uprightness. The intent is to see this is from above, and not from our Adamic nature being refined. It is by Faith we appropriate moral excellence.
From this we add or begin to gain knowledge, as His life begins to come forward, we seek knowledge. This can come from teachers that express the Living Word. They have been prepared to help us move forward in the Faith.
Self control is again from above, His nature becomes our source of living, and from this we begin to see the vast difference between the true and the false, and are drawn to the true, Christ’s nature, and reject the false. Perseverance is equated with endurance; we must see the need and appropriate the grace for each day;
“each day has enough trouble of its own” and “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Godliness is equated to being Holy.
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 1 Peter 1: 13 ~ 16
If the was ever a command that exposes that we are utterly incapable of becoming, it is this, Godliness, or Holiness. This nails our Adamic nature; eliminating our ability to ever have the slightest notion we could begin to accomplish this on any level. This awareness drives us to submit to the Lord, for only in His grace can this begin to take place.
Brotherly kindness, this can be seen as compassion, recognizing the family of God, and appreciating them. This kindness is becoming child like, and learning to truly appreciate one another in Christ. This is again a clear separation of the wheat from the tares, the wheat in us is Christ, it where we begin to learn humility, and express sincere kindness.
Love is the last quality mentioned, and for good reason, for without the previous qualities ingrained we cannot know Love, for this is the very nature of God. Many want to take a short cut, dismiss the work of the cross and claim “it’s all about love”. This couldn’t be further from the Truth if they tried. The ‘love boat’ is very popular, and deceives many of our Fathers children. This is where the need to test the spirits comes to be vital.
Not everyone who professes love carries the Fathers love, therefore we must be wise as serpents and as harmless as a dove. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
This Love is only found in the Lord and this can only be appropriated through Him, as we submit to His Lordship. The previous verses clearly indicate how this comes to be, and it is through our pressing into Him,and His nature becoming our nature. Anything else is from a nature other than the Lords; this is of paramount importance for us to see, and understand.
“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. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”
The greatest deception alive within Christianity today is the presumption that they have attained something by revelation. The Life of Christ this isn’t worked into us by revelation, it only comes in the way Peter expressed in the above scripture. There is a spirit of deception that is very prevalent today, and this was addressed by John.
“’Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.” Revelation 3:2, 3
“Therefore, I will 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. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.
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.
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”– and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” vs 12~21
Peter’s prophetic Word is vital for our day; we must always be in a humble repentant spirit before our Lord, constantly seeing our need for His work to become complete within us. Never satisfied, yet always thankful, always yearning for more and more of His nature to be formed within us. This is why it is so vital for our hearts to open before Him, yielded, submissive and contrite. This is our constant need, and our daily walk in Faith.
“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57: 15