Sermon: Our Sovereign God 2 Peter 3:15-18

September 17, 2017

Summary

Sermon: Our Sovereign God 2 Peter 3:15-18
 
Topics as we finish 2nd Peter:  Paul’s writings are scripture.  Peter and Paul’s relationship.  God is sovereign over everything even our wisdom.  By scripture alone.  Final words: grace, grow in grace, and to Jesus Christ be the glory.  
 
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 9/17/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 10/1/2017
 
Sermon Notes:
 
2 Peter 3:15-18 ESV  
 
just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you
Albert Barns 5 points
(1) That Peter knew Paul’s writings
(2) Peter’s audience knew Paul’s writings
(3) Peter regarded Paul as a “beloved brother,”
(4) Peter regarded Paul as having authority
(5) That Peter regarded Paul as inspired by God
 
according to the wisdom given him
 
    • Paul’s wisdom is a gift from God
    • Look at the preparation of Paul
1.1. Paul was highly educated
            • But he counts it as nothing apart from knowing Christ
1.1. He was a devout Jew, observing everything
1.2. Persecutor of the church
        • All of this shaped his Christian life
            • Why?  Humbleness  Zeal   Suffering
 
Acts 9:16 ESV  For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
 
    • Difficulty Peter might have had
        • Paul – Not one of the original
        • Didn’t share the closeness
        • Persecutor of the church
            • In some ways, persecution brought unity (Today)
        • Different cultures
            • Peter living among Jews vs. Paul in a mixed crowd
 
1 Corinthians 9:22 ESV  To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
 
    • Paul was trying to save “some.”
    • We can hope to save “some”
        • We hope to save more than Noah and Lot
 
James 1:5 ESV  If any of you lacks wisdom,
 
    • God gives us good things
        • He EVEN gives us the desires for them
        • Ask, He gives generously
    • Problem – We expect immediate results
            • Ah-HA MOMENTS!
            • Bible stories played out over years
 
        • Galatians
            • Paul received the Gospel from Christ directly
                • Thus he was inspired – not the case with us
 
            • He went to Arabia for 3 years, why? (learning?)
            • Literally, an eye-opening experience
                • All that Jewish knowledge fit together
 
    • Sovereignty of God
 
Exodus 4:11-12 ESV  
 
    • God would teach Moses
 
Exodus 4:13-14 ESV  
 
    • Notice Aaron is already on his way
        • And he will be glad in his heart.
    • How about other wisdom?  Where is it from?
 
Exodus 36:1 ESV  
 
    • If we have any wisdom, it did not come from us
        • Saying, “Give credit where credit is due.”
 
when he speaks in them [his writings] of these matters
 
    • What matters?
        1. The coming of Christ
        2. False prophets
 
    • Then he says
 
2 Peter 3:16 ESV   
 
    • What is hard to understand?
    • The coming of Christ and false prophets are hard to understand?
    • I don’t believe so, No.
 
There are some things in them
 
    • In his letters
    • Back to false prophets
    • Ignorant – how to describe???
        • You can be pretty smart and ignorant
        • Saul was smart an ignorant
        • Paul describing false prophets says
 
2 Timothy 3:7 ESV  always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
 
    • Twist, distort or wrest (KJV)
        • Wrest – No definition in the modern dictionary to match the meaning
        • 1828 Webster
        • 3. To distort; to turn from truth or twist from its natural meaning by violence; to pervert.
 
as they do the other Scriptures.
    • Did you ever wonder how letters became scripture?
        • Peter lumps the letters with scripture
        • Letters are equal to the Old Testament scriptures
        • Divinely inspired through the Holy Spirit
        • Direct revelation from Jesus Christ himself
    • Does direct revelation continue today?
        • Catholic Church
            • Infallibility, Not always – just certain times
                • Reformation – Started with indulgences
                • Ultimately – Over the doctrine of salvation
                • Martin Luther, pressed:
                    • Are you saying the church (pope) is in the wrong?
                    • Pressed… Yes, I am a Hussite
                • Danger, once the church rules, it cannot error
                • Infallibility defended during the council of Trent 1545
                • Dogmatically defined in 1870
                • Increasing pressure from the liberal culture
                • Past rulings that contradict current culture
                    • Never wrong, just evolving
        • Modern day charismatic false prophets
        • Muhammad – Muslimism
        • Joseph Smith – Mormonism
    • Sola scripture – very important
        • Scripture is the unmovable standard
 
    • Scripture twisters???
    • What does Peter mean?
        • Any clues???
        • See chapter 2 and chapter 3
    • ESV reads lawless
    • NASB “unprincipled”
    • KJV and NKJV – “wicked”
    • Youngs “impious”
 
(17)  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
 
be on your guard so that you are not carried away
 
    • Peter’s final warning
    • He says, now you know
        • Things will come against the church
        • There will be false teachings
        • Corrupt pastors and leaders
        • The greatest threat comes from within
    • So, we are to guard against doctrinal errors
        • It’s not what the text means to you, it’s what the text means, period.
        • Doctrine “is” important
        • Truth is VERY important
    • If you are on the ROCK you have stability
 
2 Peter 3:18 NASB  but grow in the grace
 
3 Principals for us to DO and FOLLOW
 
    1. Grow in grace
    2. Grow in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    3. Glory to Christ
 
Grace
 
    • Grace is given, unmerited favor with God
    • Synonym for our religion
        • Grace should be cultivated
            • Like a mustard seed, realization starts out small
        • We “see” more and more, grace in our life
            • The Lord working and moving for His pleasure
            • Trials and tribulations around but yet we get through them
            • We are strengthened daily
        • “Common” means of grace
            • Preaching of the Word
            • Singing songs and hymns
            • Prayer
            • Scripture reading
            • Christian fellowship
            • Studying
 
Grow in knowledge
 
    • Knowledge of Jesus Christ
    • Truth
    • The true Jesus Christ
 
Glory to Jesus Christ
 
    • False prophets seek to glorify themselves
Everything we do; Everything we believe – Glorify God

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