2 Peter

Introduction to 2 Peter

The authorship of this epistle has been questioned more than any other NT book. The internal evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of Peter authorship.

1. The writer claims to be an apostle (1:1—3:2). This narrows the authorship to one of the twelve apostles.

2. The writer claims to have been on the Mount of Transfiguration with the Lord Jesus (1:16-18). This narrows the authorship to one of three men.

3. The writer states that this is his second epistle to the people addressed (3:1).

4. The writer had seen Christ in person (1:16).

5. The writer refers to the Lord’s prediction of His death (1:14).

2 Peter 3

This is the coming of the Lord to the earth, not the Rapture.

v. 1-2—Peter wrote to his fellow-Christians to “stir up their pure minds by way of remembrance.”

He had two things in mind:

1. That they may be mindful of the writings of the OT prophets. These predict as the first and second advents of the Lord and also foretold His millennial reign.

2 Peter 1

Verses 5-7 describe for us “the abundant life.” Peter then says that if these virtues or excellencies abound in any believer he will never be idle nor unfruitful as he advances toward full knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

v. 9—On the contrary, any believer who does not possess these qualities lacks sight, “being blind.” He lacks foresight (“he cannot se afar off”) and insight (“he has forgotten that he has been purged from his old sins.”

v. 10—Rather than being blind, be more active or eager to make sure of your calling and election by displaying or practicing these virtues. When these excellencies are displayed in a believer’s life it assures him of God’s calling and election. We will never stumble, that is, we will never doubt that God has called us.

v. 11—Any believer living the abundant life, displaying these eight virtues, possessing an ever-increasing knowledge of Christ and rejoicing in the certainty of their calling and election shall have an abundant entrance into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. See Hebrews 11:24-26.

v. 12—Peter says to those to whom he wrote, “You may know these truths but I mean to keep on reminding you of them.” One of the chief opiates of Satan is to instill forgetfulness into the hearts of God’s people. For this reason God’s servants must constantly remind God’s people of the great truths of our faith.

v. 13—Peter is drawing to the close of his life. As long as he is permitted by God to remain in the body he is determined to stir them up and put them in remembrance of the doctrines of the faith.

v. 14—Peter makes reference here to his martyrdom. He says that this was shown to him by Jesus Himself. See John 21:18-19.

Expository Notes On The Epistles Of Peter

First Peter

“The Epistles of Peter were written primarily—in accord with his special ministry to the circumcision (Gal. 2:8)—to Christian Jews of the dispersion, who dwelt in various provinces in western Asia, where most of the Apostle’s labors had been. They have to do with the believer’s relation to the Kingdom of God rather than to the Church as the Body of Christ; though, of course, those to whom he wrote were, as are all Christians, members of the Church and subjects of the Kingdom. Both are wilderness Epistles; they contemplate the children of God, not in their heavenly aspect, as in Ephesians (1:3; 2:6), but rather as strangers and pilgrims journeying on through the wilderness of this world from the cross to the Glory. Peter tells us that he wrote the first Letter to testify that “this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand” (1 Peter 5:12). It is not so much the grace that saves (as in Romans 5:1, 2), which gives us a perfect standing before the throne of God; it is rather the grace ministered to us day by day, which enables us to stand against all the wiles of the enemy and despite all the trials of the way. Suffering has a large place in the Epistle. It is looked upon as the normal thing for the believer while pressing on to the inheritance laid up for him in heaven. In this we are reminded of Savonarola’s words, “A Christian’s life consists in doing good and suffering evil.” He is to rejoice for the privilege of suffering for Him who has redeemed us with His own blood.

New Testament (Acts-Revelation)

Lesson 221: The Ascension Of Christ
Acts 1:1-11
Golden Text: Acts 1:11

I. The Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 10.

1. The Person Who gave it. He had the right by virtue of His Person and His work.

2. The power for it—“Himself;” v. 18. Note the “power” as seen in (1) His birth; Luke 1:35. (2) Ministry; Luke 4:32. (3) Miracles; Luke 4:36. (4) Forgiveness; Matthew 9:6. (5) Death; John 10:18. (6) Resurrection. Romans 1:4; Colossians 2:13-15. (7) Ascension; Ephesians 1:20. (8) Coming; Matthew 24:30.

3. The plan of it. (1) The command “go ye.” (2) The scope, “world.” (3) The theme, “the Gospel.” (4) The persons, “every creature.”

4. The persons to whom given—His disciples. (1) Chosen. Mark 3:14; John 15:16. (2) Saved; Matthew 16:16. (3) Taught. (4) Commissioned. (5) Equipped.

5. The privilege of it. Ambassadors, co-workers, witnesses, trustees, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. The price of it. “Go” means leave. Cp. Luke 14:26.

7. The promise with it. “I am with you.” Cp Hebrews 13:5.

II. The Promise. Acts 1:4, 5.

1. Promised in O. T. Isaiah 32:15; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezek 11:19; Joel 228.

2. Promised in N. T. John 15:26—16:14.

III. The Questioning Disciples. Vs. 6-8.

1. The question; v. 6. (1) An earthly kingdom expected; Isaiah 2:2-4. (2) The King being rejected, the kingdom is in obeyance. Luke 19:14; Acts 3:14. (3) He will yet be King over the Earth; Psalm 2.

Chapter 2

The opening words of this chapter are connected with what has gone before. Verse 1.—“Wherefore, laying aside all malice.” “Seeing ye have purified yourselves” (chap. 1:22), put away these unclean and fleshly things. Being pure, we are to purify ourselves. The former is our position, the latter ought to be our practice. The new birth gives a new life, the Spirit indwells the children of God, the effect is they love one another. But the flesh would oppose this, if it had its way. ...

Chapter 3

Here we get instruction from God on many details of life and conduct. God’s Word is very full not only of great principles, but of practical details, given in order that the man of God may be “throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:17). “Wives” are first addressed. Here, as elsewhere, in grace, God begins with the weaker vessel. Subjection is the woman’s place, not only when she has a good husband, but even when he is unconverted. The case here, does not imply that...

Chapter 4

The opening verses of this chapter are a continuation of the truths taught at the close of chapter 3, the practical application of them to us. Read in this light, their obscurity disappears. “Forasmuch, then, as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,” is an allusion to chap. 3:18: “Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind,” a reference to chapter 3:17. He, according to the will of God, suffered for sin, He was assailed at all points, tempted to turn aside, to shirk the Cross,...

Chapter 5

The allusion in the opening words of this chapter is to the threefold charge given to Peter by the Risen Lord, on the shore of the Lake of Galilee. “Lovest thou Me?” then “Feed My lambs,” “Shepherd My young sheep.” “Feed my sheep.” This, for many years he had done, and now as the aged apostle, soon to end his labours and depart to be with Christ, as had been foretold him, he passes on the charge and exhorts others to continue the same work, for it is not the will of God that ...

The Second Epistle of Peter Introduction

The Second Epistles have a special bearing on the last days, and give direction to the people and servants of God how they are to act in the midst of ever-increasing apostasy and departure from God and His Word. In the First Epistle we have seen the saints in the wilderness suffering for righteousness, with the devil as a roaring lion seeking to devour. Here the same devil appears in the garb of “an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), not persecuting but deceiving and seducing by means of th...
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