Sermon: 2 Peter Introduction 2 Peter 1:1-2

May 23, 2017


Sermon: 2 Peter Introduction 2 Peter 1:1-2 ESV
Introduction to 2 Peter and saving faith.  How do we receive it?  How important is knowledge?  What type of knowledge must we have?  Verse by verse preaching series through 2 Peter.
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 5/21/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 6/4/2017
Sermon Notes:

2 Peter 1:1-2 ESV  


Authorship – Questioned

    1. Style is a little different
        1. Many things are the same and a few are different
        2. (Weak) – My signature changed over the years
    2. 2nd Peter and Jude have many parallels (Weak – Jude may be…)
        1. Starting in chapter 2 Peter 2-3:18 – Jude 4
        2. All of them are in order (we may do a dual study)
    3. Simeon vs. Simon (Weak – Argument goes both ways)
        1. Simeon is the Hebrew name of one of the 12 tribes
        2. Who was Simeon in the OT? – Smallest tribe
        3. Jacob served 7 years but Laban gave him Leah instead of Rachel
        4. Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah


Genesis 29:31-33 ESV  


Arguments for Peter’s Authorship


    1. The author is identified as Peter (rock), an apostle of Jesus
    2. James calls him Simeon Act 15:14
    3. The letter references things that happened to Peter


2 Peter 1:17-18 ESV  


2 Peter 1:14 ESV  


Date:  Since tradition has it, Peter was martyred by Nero before 68, Peter says his death will be soon.  Date:  65-68




    1. The very Word of God

Hebrews 4:12 ESV  


  1. Very RICH book
        1. Our walk and obedience matters
        2. Tells us to confirm our calling
        3. Contains the truth of the Gospel
    1. Deals with false prophets
        1. Deceitful people from within
            1. We have a lot to learn here
            2. How can you tell Truth from a lie
            3. There are many false Christians today – getting worse
    2. Deals with end times and the order of things to come


2 Peter 3:10 ESV  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…


  1. Several verses often quoted out of context
        1. Many twist the scriptures
        2. Take verses out of context to make a sermon
        3. Verse by verse exposition of God’s word


    • Are you EXCITED???
        • Weekly – Read 10 or so verses ahead
        • Read the entire book for context, 3 chapters


Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ


Servant – Bond Servant – Slave



    • English understanding is lacking
    • Servant – Suggests voluntary service
        1. How you may serve someone food
        2. You perform a service
        3. People serve in the military
            1. Problem, person is in debt to the server
            2. God IS NOT in debt because of our service
                1. He doesn’t owe us anything
                2. Well he is a good person, so God will give him eternal life.
                    1. No one is good
                    2. God owes us noting


    • Racial background of slavery
        • Injustice
        • Cruel task masters
        • No one was proud to be a slave


    • Shows humility, ownership and loyalty to our master
    • Our master is not a sinful slave owner
    • Our master is not a man
    • We belong to God – How GREAT is that!
        • This is not a new term
        • Used for God in the OT


Judges 2:8 ESV  


2 Kings 10:23 ESV  


    • To be a servant of Christ shows His deity
    • If Christ is not God would be unlawful to serve Him


Exodus 20:5 ESV  “


Apostle of Jesus Christ

    • He carries the authority of Christ
    • He is speaking for Christ, thus this is called God’s Word


To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours

    • Who the letter is written to
    • The letter is written to believers


Obtained a faith or Received a faith


    • English language ONCE again does not do this justice
    • Obtained – is something “you” get, acquire or secure
        • In other words you are doing something
        • We confuse obtained and earned
    • Received – be given, presented with, or paid
        • God holds it out and all you need to do is take it
        • Reach out and grab on to faith
        • We receive a gift and we can refuse to receive a gift
        • People refuse Christ because they are dead in sins


1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV  


Peter doesn’t use the English word Received or Obtained


    • Very interesting verb, means to obtain by casting lots or chosen
    • Casting lots was not luck or chance
        • There is no such thing as luck or chance
        • Only, God’s will
            • This was a way to know God’s will


Luke 1:9 ESV  


Bad Translations – Stick to literal translations, NASB, ESV, NKJV, KJV



2 Peter 1:1 NIrV  I, Simon Peter, am writing this letter. I serve Jesus Christ. I am his apostle. I am sending this letter to you who have received a faith as valuable as ours. You received it because our God and Savior Jesus Christ does what is right and fair for everyone.

 2 Peter 1:1 NASB  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:




    • What is fair for everyone?
        • Implies we get what’s coming to us because of us?
        • If that were the case none would be saved
    • Man centered
        • Peter was God centered
        • Based on God’s will


a faith of equal standing with ours

    • Held in equal honor
    • Equal value


    • What type of faith?
        • Not a faith in doing miracles
            • Not all could perform miracles like Peter
        • Not a mere assent to the truth
            • If they were equal in truth there would be no need for the letter
        • But a saving faith


Equal to what?


    • Our faith, or my faith
    • So a faith in equal value to Peter’s faith
        • Gentiles have an equal value faith
        • Not a sub faith or an outside faith
        • Gentiles were in the court of the gentiles – no longer
        • One body, one Lord
            • One salvation


by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:


How does faith come to us? “by” what?  


    • We see the verb received – casting lots – will of God
        • To be allotted faith by God
        • Saving faith by hearing his Word


Ephesians 6:23 ESV  


Philippians 1:29 ESV  


our God and Savior Jesus Christ


    • How should this be understood?
        • Our God and “our” Savior Jesus Christ   or
        • Christ Jesus, who is our God and Savior
            • Second, He is our God and Savior
            • Another reference to His divinity


2 Peter 1:2 NASB  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;


    • A larger more in-depth discovery of the love of God
        • Not a God who owes us something
        • A God who would be just in punishing us
        • Yet, He has given us grace and peace
            • Not turmoil but peace
            • Not justice but grace
    • We grow daily in grace and peace, how?
        • Through knowledge!
        • Not mere facts – devil knows this much
        • Knowledge of application (cont. verse 3 2 Peter 1:3 NASB  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.


    • We all have the same kind of faith
    • A faith that is not earned
    • We need to exercise our faith
    • Grow in grace and peace through knowledge
    • Not a dead knowledge but a life giving knowledge
    • Be excited about God’s word, the word’s bring life
        • Show up prepared
        • Ready to learn more
        • Read ahead, study ahead
    • To those who received saving faith, this letter is for you!


Introduction to 2 Peter and saving faith.  How do we receive it?  How important is knowledge?  What type of knowledge must we have?  Verse by verse preaching series through 2 Peter.  

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