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2 Peter Study Chapter 3 v. 10-18
Saturday, October 20th, 2012

2 Peter Study Chapter 3 v. 10-18

Things to Come

  • The Day of the Lord comes like a thief. v.10
    • Unexpected, at an unknown time.
      • Mat. 24:36, 42-44, 1 Thes. 5:2, Rev.3:3, 16:15
  • Many events will occur during the Day of the Lord.
    • The rapture of the church.
    • The Tribulation period.
    • The Millennial Kingdom.
    • The Battle of Armageddon.
    • The Great White Throne Judgement.
    • The casting of Satan and the wicked into the lake of fire.
    • Creation will be destroyed by fire. v.10, 12
      • The earth and its works.
      • The universe and the elements will be dissolved.
        • With the roar of intense heat.
      • The curse of sin will be no more.
      • Nothing will remain except those that were redeemed by the Lord.
  • How then will you be? v.11
    • Conduct yourselves as holy and godly.
    • Look forward to the Day of the Lord.
    • Watch and be ready.
      • Mat. 24:42, 25:1-13, 26:40
    • Even though this trouble and destruction will come.

Words of Encouragement, in Conclusion.

  • Look for new heavens and a new earth. v.13
    • For the righteous to dwell in.
  • Be diligent so the Lord will find you…  v.14
    • Mature in faith
    • Obedient.
    • At peace.
  • Seek salvation for souls.v.15
    • Be a witness for the Gospel.
    • Seek out the lost.
  • Look toward the letters of Paul.
    • Paul had wisdom.
    • Paul’s letters by this time had been completed and he had already been martyred.
    • His words may be hard to understand, but not impossible. v.16
  • With this knowledge…  v.17
    • Beware of them that would distort the truth.
    • Do not be turned away, be steadfast in your belief.
    • Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter Study Chapter 3 v. 10-18 Questions

1. How will the Lord come like a thief?

2. Why will God destroy His creation?

3. Should we fear the end?

4. How are we to live out our lives?

5. What should we be busy doing until He comes?

6. Why did Peter write so highly of Paul even after his rebuke?

7. What will happen to those who refuse good teaching?

8. Are Paul’s letters scripture?

9. How important is it to stay in the Word?

10. What is Peter’s prayer for us?



2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 10-22
Monday, October 8th, 2012

2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 10-22

Completing the Portrait Started in Verse 1

  • False prophets and teachers are…
    • Practitioners of worldly ways. v.10
    • Despisers of authority.
    • Daring, arrogant, defiant.
    • Self-willed – obstinate, determined to do evil.
    • Unafraid to speak against demons.
      • They believe they are more powerful.
      • Full of themselves. (prideful)
      • Even godly angels know better. v.11
        • Michael the Archangel had Jesus rebuke Satan. Jud. 9
    • Like out of control animals. (Rabid, dangerous predators). v.12
      • Should be captured and killed.
      • Creatures of instinct.
    • To speak out against what they have no knowledge of.
    • To suffer wrong because of their wrong. v.13
  • Additional characteristics.
    • They do not wait for nighttime to commit sin. v.13
    • They are proud of their deceptions.
    • They still wish to fellowship with the godly.
    • They look on women as objects of adultery. v.14
      • Deny God’s law.
    • They do not cease from sin.
    • They are trained in greed.
    • They have forsaken salvation and the ways of God. v.15
    • They have followed the ways of Balaam. v.15 Num. 22-25, 31:16
      • OT false prophet.
        • Desired the wealth to be gained from sinful deeds.
      • Lead Israel astray in Moab by his advice.
        • Sexual sin with the Moabite women.
        • The worship of false gods.
      • Was rebuked by a donkey. v.16
    • They are worthless as a dry spring and a false promise of rain. v.17
    • They have a reservation prepared for them in hell.
      • In contrast to the believer. Jn. 14:2-3
    • They are speakers of vain, arrogant words. v.18
    • They tempt people with worldly desires.
      • Health, wealth, and prosperity again.
      • The joy of “stuff” (material things).
    • They turn away those close to the truth.
    • They promise freedom. v.19
      • But they are themselves enslaved.

The Sad Truth about False Prophets and Teachers

  • These men once knew the truth. v.20
    • At one time in their lives they sought Jesus and His teaching.
  • Ultimately they rejected the truth.
  • They should have continued on the road to salvation. v.21
    • Instead of eternal life they will receive eternal punishment.
  • They have gone in v.22 as Pr. 26:11 says:
    • Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
  • Peter also adds his own similar proverb. v.22

2 Peter Study Chapter 2 v. 10-22 Questions

1. Do false teachers fear God?

2. Why is it unwise to rebuke Satan or his demons alone?

3. Why does Peter write that false teachers do not wait for night to commit sin?

4. What did Balaam do to be called a false prophet?

5. Why do you think God rebuked Balaam through his donkey?

6. How does a person become enslaved by the freedom a false teacher offers?

7. Did a false teacher ever accept Jesus as their Savior?

8. How severe is God’s punishment toward those who corrupt His Word?

9. What do the two proverbs at the end of the chapter reveal?

10. After all these words why is it critical that we all can recognize false teachers?



2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 12-21
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 12-21

Peter’s Final Ministry

  • To remind believers of the truth. v.12
    • In spite of the fact you already know the truth.
    • That truth is present with a believer.
      • Even though present Peter knew weak believers could be drawn away.
  • Peter believed it was his duty to be a reminder to God’s people. v.13
  • Peter knew his earthly life was almost at an end. v.14
    • Jesus predicted his death. Jn. 21 v. 18
  • Peter wanted to leave a lasting impression. v.15
    • He wanted his words to be remembered after his death.
    • His teaching was clear and powerful.

Peter’s States His Authority

  • Peter and the other apostles were eyewitnesses to the ministry of Jesus Christ. v.16
    • Peter’s spoken words were true because he was there.
      • About the gospel.
      • About the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Peter was present on the Mount of Transfiguration. v.17-18
    • He heard the voice of God about Jesus.
    • He saw Jesus in His glorified state.
  • Peter, James, and John had received the Word of God from the Source. v.19-21
    • Biblical prophecy is our only accurate vision of the future.
    • Be careful what you read and follow.
      • Only the Bible is God’s Word.
      • Other writings cannot be trusted.
    • Man is unable to interpret the prophecy of scripture alone. v.20
    • Interpretation comes only from God, not man’s will. v.21
      • Through men by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 12-21 Questions

1. What was Peter’s final ministry?

2. How did Peter know that he would soon die?

3. What did Peter wish to leave with fellow believers?

4. How did Peter defend the apostle’s letters?

5. Why did Jesus take Peter, James, and John to the Mount of Transfiguration?

6. How did they view God the Father and Jesus differently when they were there?

7. What did God teach the men on the mountain?

8. How does Peter describe God’s Word?

9. How must the Bible be interpreted?

10. What is inspiration?



2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 1-11
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 1-11

Background

  • Written by the Apostle Simon Peter. v.1
    • ca. 67-68 AD.
    • Most likely from a Roman prison.
    • Close to the time he was martyred.
  • Reason for the letter.
    • To warn believers of false teachers.
    • As a reminder to stay true to the faith.

Exhortation to the Readers

  • Their faith is the same as the apostles. v.1
    • The faith comes from God.
    • The knowledge of God and Jesus will bring grace and peace. v.2
  • God’s divine power has given us everything. v.3
    • For life.
    • For godliness.
    • Through our true knowledge of God.
    • To those who were called by God.
  • God has also given us precious and magnificent promises. v.4    Php. 3:7-14
    • So we can be conformed to God’s image.
    • To escape the corruption of this world.
    • Be partakers of eternal life.

The Ladder or Progression to Spiritual Maturity

  • Diligence in faith leads to moral excellence. v.5
  • Moral excellence leads to knowledge.
  • Knowledge leads to self-control. v.6
  • Self-control leads to perseverance.
  • Perseverance leads to godliness.
  • Godliness leads to brotherly kindness. v.7
  • Brotherly kindness leads to love.
    • This love is agape love or God’s love.
    • Most important of the new commandments.
      • Mat.22:36-40, 2 Jn. 1:4-6 1 Jn.4:7-9, 1 Cor. 12:13
  • Believers should possess these qualities. v.8
    • Compare these passages to the fruit of the Spirit, and the deeds of the flesh.
      • Gal. 5:16-25
    • The qualities should be increasing as you mature.
    • With them you will be useful and fruitful.
      • In your knowledge.
      • This knowledge will bring wisdom.
        • Wisdom is the godly application of knowledge.
  • In contrast – To those who lack these qualities. v.9
    • Are blind.
    • Are short sighted.
    • Are forgetful of their conversion.
      • Were they really sincere in their confession of faith?
  • The reason to remember. v. 10-11
    • Be diligent of the certainty of your calling. v.10
      • Examine yourself.  2 Cor. 13:5
    • Practice these qualities.
      • Continue to strive toward spiritual maturity.
    • So the entrance to heaven will be supplied abundantly to you. v.11
      • Mat.7:13

2 Peter Study Chapter 1 v. 1-11 Questions

1. What is a bond servant?

2. Who is Peter writing this letter to?

3. How do you get everything pertaining to life and godliness?

4. What do God’s promises lead to?

5. What is the ladder to spiritual maturity?

6. What is the end result of spiritual maturity?

7. How does Peter describe someone who lacks spiritual maturity?

8. Is it important to be sure of your salvation?

9. Why is it important?



1 Peter Study Chapter 5 v. 1-14
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

1 Peter Study Chapter 5 v. 1-14

Exhortation to Elders

  • Peter appealed to the church elders as both an elder and an apostle. v.1
    • He spoke with God given authority.
    • He had firsthand knowledge of the suffering of Jesus Christ.
  • Elders. v.1    1 Tim. 3:1-7, Ti. 1:5-16
    • Mature Christian men.
    • Leaders, shepherds of people.
    • The local church should have multiple elders.
  • During times of persecution elders have a greater responsibility.
    • Shepherd the flock. v.2   Jn. 21:15-17
      • With proper motives.
        • Voluntarily
        • According to God’s will.
        • Not for greedy financial gain.
        • With eagerness.
        • Not as a tyrant. v.3
        • Lead by example.
    • At the second coming of Christ you will be rewarded. v.4
      • An unfading crown of glory.
      • To be presented in heaven.

Instructions to Younger Men

  • Submit to the elders in the church. v.5
    • It is the will of God.
    • They possess the wisdom of spiritual maturity.
    • They are responsible for your souls. Heb 13:17
  • Be humble toward others.
    • God opposes the proud. Pr. 3:34, Jas. 4:6
    • He gives grace to the humble.

Warnings to the Humble

  • Obey God with a spirit of humility. v.6
    • Your reward will come.
  • Do not worry. v.7
    • Cast all your cares on God.
      • God cares for His children.
  • Be on the alert. v.8
    • Satan is here on earth and active. Job 1:7
      • He is your adversary.
      • He is like a roaring lion seeking prey.
      • He is patient
      • He wants to kill you.
    • Resist Satan. v.9   Jas 1:9, Jud. 1:9
      • Be firm in your faith.
      • Your brothers are experiencing the same attacks.
        • You are not alone.
        • All Christians share in this persecution.
      • This suffering is only for a little while. v.10
        • Earth is not the real home of a believer.
        • We are here only temporarily.
        • Better things are ahead in heaven.
          • Perfection (full maturity)
          • Confirmation
          • Strengthened
          • Established.
        • We will become what God originally intended.

In Closing

  • Silvanus was Peter’s scribe and also faithful brother. v.12
  • This letter is brief about the true grace of God.
    • To exhort.
    • To testify
  • Stand firm in God’s grace.
  • Personal greetings v.13
    • Peter sends greetings from the church in Rome (Babylon). v. 13
    • Also from Mark.
      • John Mark of the Gospel account of Mark.
  • Pass on these greetings with a holy kiss. v.14
  • Peter prays for peace to his readers.
    • The persecuted 1st century church.
    • The church today.

1 Peter Study Chapter 5 v. 1-14 Questions

1. How did Peter have the authority to speak to the church?

2. What responsibilities do elders have?

3. What reward is there for a faithful elder when he gets to heaven?

4. Why should younger men submit to the elders of the church?

5. What type of attitude should a Christian possess?

6. Is it proper to worry?

7. What are some of the characteristics of Satan?

8. How could suffering be of little consequence?

9. What is Peter encouraging us to do with the words he received from God?

10. Where is “Babylon” that Peter refers to in verse 13?

11. Who is “she” also in verse 13?