God Grants All Things for Life and Godliness

May 29, 2017

Summary

Sermon: God Grants All Things for Life and Godliness 2 Peter 1:3-15
 
God grants all things that pertain to life and godliness.  All things mean all things.  We MUST focus on God and not ourselves.  When we begin to know God, only then can we begin to know ourselves.
 
One Way Christian Center is a Reformed Baptist Church, located in Olustee, OK close to Altus, OK and Altus AFB.  
 
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 5/28/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 6/11/2017
 
Sermon Notes:
2 Peter 1:3-15 ESV  
 
 
“Confirm Your Calling and Election”  –  Subheading  – every translation
 
    • This one is based on this verse (added to the Bible)
 
2 Peter 1:10 ESV  
 
    • What is your biases?
    • Some will focus in on “confirm your calling and election
    • Others focus on, “if you practice these qualities you will never fall
MAN’S RESPONSIBILITY AND GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY IN ONE VERSE
 
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    • Who’s divine power?  God’s or Christ’s?
 
2 Peter 1:2-3 ESV  
 
Colossians 1:15-16 ESV  ed
Genesis 1:1 ESV  
    • There is one God, in 3 persons
 
His – Greek “Autos”  autobiography – written by one’s self
Divine – We know what divine means
Power – Greek “dunamis” the word we get dynamite from
    • Not by our power but His power
        • “God will not give you more than you can handle???”
        • Then why call on the Lord, if you can handle it?
            • We need the power of God in our lives
 
Has given us
 
    • Who is us?
2 Peter 1:1 ESV  …those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
 
    • We are the receivers of something???
    • Prior to receiving we were blind
    • After receiving we can see
        • Think about your life?
            • Your desires changed
            • You see truth for what it is and lies for what they are
            • Are things coming into focus?
 
So… what,  Has he given us
 
all things that pertain to life and godliness
 
    • TRUE – God does, therefore we do
    • FALSE – You do, therefore God does
        • ALL things mean ALL things
            • Saved by grace and faith but your works get you from purgatory to heaven.
            • Saved by grace and faith but baptism saves you?
 
    • Life and godliness is the foundation
        • The bedrock everything is built upon
            • Where does this come from?
    • This is the most important gift from God
 
What about:
            • Health?
            • Wealth?
            • Your house?
            • Other possessions, vehicles, computers, cell phones
            • Long life?
            • Your marriage
            • Our children?
    • Some of these things are important but NOT the most important
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        • You can have health, wealth, houses, cars, computers, long life, children and a good marriage but if you don’t have life and godliness, you ONLY have things that perish!
    • What defines who you are?
        • A runner who is now confined to a wheelchair?
        • A spouse who lost their mate?
        • A lifelong worker who can no longer work?
        • A mom whose children have grown
    • What defines who you are?
        • When we lose it what are you left with, nothing!
            • Then comes the depression
            • The hopelessness
            • Wait!!!
    • Remind yourself what is important!!!  life and godliness
 
    • How do you obtain life and godliness?  
    • It is given through:
 
Through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence
Does this sound familiar, power and knowledge of something?
 
Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes
 
Through the knowledge of him
    • Knowing God – How important is this?  This is the vehicle!
    • What do we learn?
        • What is important to God vs. what is important to us?
        • Are you self-centered or God-centered
    • God’s economy
        • Poor are rich in the Lord
        • Weak are strong in the Lord
            • Are we desiring holiness above all or things that perish
            • God’s promises are everlasting
            • The life He gives is ETERNAL life
 
    • Who is He?
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    • When we TRULY experience God, we are confronted with His holiness
    • How can you know God and not have a Holy Fear?
 
Isaiah 6:5 ESV  
 
    • Isaiah – Face to face with his own UN-holiness
        • He thought he was clean
        • Compared to the rest of Israel he was clean
            • Before God his garments were black as coal
            • He cannot stand
            • He cannot bear it
            • He cries out, “Woe is me! For I am lost”
    • When you recognize who God is, you recognize who you are
        • We MUST gain our knowledge by knowing who God is
    • What is most beautiful to you?
        • An Oklahoma sunset
        • A white storm cloud turning grey?
        • A baby’s smile
            • These are ALL beautiful
            • These ARE created things
                • View the creator in ALL of His glory!
                    • You will not be disappointed
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                    • Would you rather watch the cheap entertainment of some of today’s churches or gaze upon God’s holiness?  
    • Know the one who called you
        • Know what he called you too
        • to his own glory and excellence
            • Is there any higher calling?
            • Any higher purpose?
            • You serve the King of all Kings
    • Are you lacking something now?
        • There is a void in every heart
        • We are created needing something greater than ourselves
            • Entertainment can’t fill it
            • Sports won’t fill it
            • Your job can’t fill it
            • Your spouse or kids can’t fill it
            • Money won’t fill it
            • God’s glory and excellence MUST fill it
SO FAR:
    1. His power
    2. Knowledge of Him
    3. His calling us
    4. To His glory and excellence
    5. (4) He has granted
    6. His precious and very great promises
 
IT CAN’T GET ANYMORE ONE SIDED THAN THAT
 
    • Why does the King of Kings do all of this?
 
so that through them (promises) you may become partakers of the divine nature
 
What promises?
    • What does the world promise you?
        • Pleasure, fulfilment, excitement
        • Facebook God: Like and share this post and God will bless you?
        • False preachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing –
            • Come to God so he can give you perishable things!  
            • God’s desire for you are worldly things – LIE
    • Your joy is in God’s glory and his gifts are eternal!
        • The devil’s promises lead you from God to temporal things
 
Isaiah 12:3 ESV  With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
 
You are to be partakers of the divine nature
 
    • We should be soaring like eagles!
 
(4)  … having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
 
Ephesians 4:24 ESV  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Hebrews 12:10 ESV  but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.
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(5)  For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,  (6)  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  (7)  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
 
    • For refers back to what we just talked about
    • Supplement or add to your faith
        • Misunderstood, We complete our faith with works?
        • No, God completes our faith
        • Translation:  To bring alongside your faith
            • Faith is the basis of works
            • Faith does not stand alone
            • Calvin, “faith ought not to be naked or empty”
 
James 2:14 ESV  
James 2:18 ESV  
Ephesians 2:10 ESV  
 
    • Works are the OUTWARD DEMONSTRATION of our faith
    • TRUE – Christianity – God does, therefore we do
    • FALSE – You do, therefore God does
 
    1. His power
    2. Knowledge of Him
    3. His calling us
    4. To His glory and excellence
    5. (4) He has granted
    6. His precious and very great promises
    7. We become partakers in His nature
 
Alongside our faith comes, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love.
 
Make every effort or apply all diligence
 
He didn’t say sit back and watch God’s sovereignty play out
 
Have you met the holy God?
Are you making every effort?  
 
We will pick this up next time…
 
God grants all things that pertain to life and godliness.  All things mean all things.  We MUST focus on God and not ourselves.  When we begin to know God, only then can we begin to know ourselves.
 

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