Knowing God and the Good Life
|2 Peter 1:1-3
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2Pt 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ (5:1 fellow elder), To those who have obtained like precious faith with us (12 though you know and are established in the present truth) by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
I. Knowing God's Purposes: Life on this planet won't go as we'd want, but as God wants (He's God, we're not)
A. Life will involve suffering, and trials which purify and reward our faith in the goodness of God, deepening our relationship with Him
1Pt 1:3 Blessed be the God..according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance...reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 rejoice..grieved by various trials,7 that the purifying of your faith..result in praise, honor, and glory [given to you – see context] at the revelation of Jesus Christ
B. Eventually we need to get to the place where we ask" "How does God intend to bless me through this?"
C. Suffering is a vaccine against shortsightedness of the soul. Col 3:1-4 set affections above...glory “Turn your eyes upon Jesus“
Ps 46:1God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. [we must value His glory]
II. Knowing God (and His Program) Personally: We become fruitful and reap our reward by growing in grace
2Pt 1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A. We must build on our faith and follow the way of righteousness to Christlike freedom...
2Pt 1:5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 self-control, perseverance, godliness 7 brotherly kindness, love. 8 (above) 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins 10 Therefore brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling/invitation and election/choiceness sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things,
B. ...rather than false teachers and false teaching to bondage. Jn 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
2Pt 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a person is overcome, by that also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in it and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
2Pt 3:11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
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