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Personal Identity

2 Peter 1:1

At the start of Peter's second and last letter, he described himself as a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. Once, he had been a disappointment to Jesus, (see W@W comment on 1 Peter 1:1). But, when restored, he had been 'sent out' (that is what 'apostle' means) by Jesus to preach the gospel.

Confident Security

2 Peter 1:2

No right-minded person likes war; we crave for peace, the absence of strife and all hostility. Many religions and therapies claim to calm the mind; as do alcohol, nicotine and other drugs. But the 'peace' Peter writes about has a unique origin and eternal effect. We cannot fight for it, or work to earn it; God's peace comes only through His grace. And its effect is not primarily to make us feel calm (although it will), but to assure us that the dark shadow of God's wrath has been taken away from our horizon, because Jesus bore it all for us.
 

All We Need

2 Peter 1:3

Many products are advertised as being a 'complete solution'; but they rarely are. However well they work and however wide their scope, you can always find some way in which they can be improved. And just as well for the competitive marketplace! But there will never ever be any effective competition for God's perfect solution to all human need. Although Satan tempts us with lies about a better way, and the world packages temporary attractive diversions which distract us from our internal emptiness, only God provides all that heals and sustains, empowers and satisfies.
 

Free To Be Godly

2 Peter 1:4

Because God is wonderful in every way, He does not keep us in the dark about His intentions. He not only wants to provide for us, but also to enable us to become like Him in purity of character.

Energetic Cooperation

2 Peter 1:5-7

Peter previously explained that God is committed to saving all who will trust in Jesus, and sanctifying all who believe His promises (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Effective Partnership

2 Peter 1:8

Employers have to account for the bottom line: how the costs of the business have been overwhelmed by the profit. The Lord also has expectations of our lives.

Defective Vision

2 Peter 1:9

Myopia (short-sightedness) is the inability to focus the eye on distant objects. Peter uses it as an illustration of those Christians who have received so much from God (grace, peace, faith, promises and power), and yet are unwilling to put everything into their relationship with Jesus (2 Peter 1:1-7).

Spiritual Quality Assurance

2 Peter 1:10-11

Quality control has become a routine part of every production and service process. Inspectors check samples, accountants audit spreadsheets and schools have exams. Each process has 'intended outcomes' that can be measured. But quality control, by itself, can never ensure product consistency or high value service; any more than exams can create knowledge. All it can do is to examine the end points. In fact, it is useless without an overarching system of quality assurance which lays down how the processes can achieve a high quality.
 

Essential Legacy

2 Peter 1:12-15

Peter knows he will soon die; a victim of lies and violence. However, he does not despair. His job for Christ on earth is almost over, but not quite yet. So he writes to ensure a legacy of changed lives, encouraging the church to endure through suffering; eagerly awaiting the return of Jesus. He knows that the chill winds of persecution will stir all kinds of fearful reactions, and that the only way to stay on track as a Christian, is to be constantly reminded of the truth about Christ's salvation, and how to follow Him each day.
 

True Story

2 Peter 1:16-18

Today's news, in its many broadcast formats, is rarely fully accurate. Tight schedules, content-hungry editors, careless reporting, syndicated stories and the relentless pursuit of dramatic headlines all risk distorting the truth. Sometimes, critics of the Bible assume that its text suffers from the same defects. It does not! Interestingly, serious historians have less trouble with the Bible's accuracy, than academic theologians who do not want to accept what it says.
 

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