1. Hello, listening friends.
2. If you are joining this broadcast for the first time,
3. we have just started a series on the second Epistle of Peter.
4. Last time, we saw that, when Peter introduced himself as a servant of Christ, he does it deliberately.
5. He is reminding us that leadership is knowing how to serve the living God.
6. Peter tells us that the power of the Holy Spirit is available to all who are born again through the blood of Jesus Christ.
7. This power will give you victory over sin and evil;
8. and Peter also tells us that there are three things that are foundational if you want to live a victorious life.
9. Last time, we looked at the first one that’s found in verse 3 of Chapter 1.
10. Peter says that, first, you must recognize the divine power that God has already given you;
11. and, in 2 Peter, Chapter 1, verse 4,
12. Peter tells believers that they must not only recognize the power given to all believers;
13. but all believers must appropriate these great and precious promises that God has given them.
14. The word "precious" here means "valuable" or "costly."
15. It is a favorite word to Peter.
16. He refers to the blood of Jesus Christ as the "precious" blood of Jesus Christ.
17. He refers to our faith as "precious."
18. The word "precious" is not a frivolous word;
19. so, what are these "precious" promises?
20. Peter is thinking of the words of Jesus in John 16,
21. “It is better for you if I go to the Father, for when I go to the Father, I will send the Comforter to you…”
22. and, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit of God came with power and now dwells in the lives of believers.
23. Jesus kept His word.
24. Now, we can be partakers of God’s power through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit in us;
25. and that is why Paul could say, in 2 Corinthians 5:17,
26. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.”
27. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s divine nature replaced yours.
28. By the power of the Holy Spirit, you are the Simon who has become Peter.
29. My listening friends, I want to ask you some questions.
30. How many of you really know about the divine nature that’s available to all believers?
31. How many of you have never appropriated that power?
32. If you have never appropriated that power,
33. it is because you have not allowed the Holy Spirit of God to possess you.
34. Peter says that, as believers, we must recognize the divine power of the Holy Spirit.
35. Peter said that, as believers, we must appropriate that power;
36. but Peter also tells us that the promise of God also does something else.
37. It allows us to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.
38. Here, Peter is edging toward his deepest concern for new believers.
39. He is saying that, when you walk and live in the power of the Holy Spirit,
40. you are walking in the opposite direction of our natural desires.
41. Paul said the same things in Galatians 5:16.
42. “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
43. Believers must recognize the divine power of the Holy Spirit.
44. Believers must appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit.
45. Believers must walk in the Spirit and avoid sin.
46. Now that Peter laid the foundation of our faith,
47. he goes on to tell us about the seven-story structure that we must build if we are to have victory in our lives.
48. Faith in Jesus Christ equals divine nature equals spiritual power.
49. This is the foundation of the building;
50. but Peter does not stop with the foundation.
51. You have to get the building built.
52. The foundation is important,
53. but the building is also important;
54. so, what is that seven-story building?
55. The first floor of the building is found in verse 5.
56. It is the floor of virtue.
57. He said, “Add virtue to faith.”
58. The word "virtue" is literally translated "moral excellence."
59. Moral excellence means that you mean what you say.
60. When you say "yes," you mean yes, and when you say "no," you mean no.
61. Moral excellence means being faithful to your spouse.
62. Moral excellence means that you do not take your employer’s time to do personal things.
63. Moral excellence means, to young people, that you obey your parents and you do not rebel against them.
64. Virtue is the strength and the power to say "no" to sin and "yes" to God.
65. Abraham was not virtuous when he lied and said Sarah was his sister.
66. Moses was not virtuous when he struck the rock instead of talking to it.
67. David was not virtuous when he took another man’s wife into his arms.
68. Peter was not virtuous when he denied the Lord with profanity.
69. Virtue means that you are not double-minded.
70. The second story in the building is knowledge.
71. The word "knowledge" in this verse does not mean facts.
72. There are a lot of believers who know a lot of facts about the Christian life.
73. They read their Bibles and they get information and facts.
74. That is not what Peter means by "knowledge."
75. Knowledge means learning through a relationship.
76. Knowledge is what comes out of an experience.
77. In your marriage, Peter tells husbands, in 1 Peter 3:7,
78. to “live with your wives according to knowledge.”
79. That means that you know her well enough to know what makes her sad and what makes her happy.
80. Knowledge means that you understand God’s character and God’s will as you learn it from His Word.
81. Knowledge means that you understand God’s will for your life that you learn from your intimacy with Him in prayer.
82. Knowledge is the ability to discern His voice when He speaks to your heart;
83. and this knowledge will build you up in the faith.
84. In verse 6,
85. Peter tells us that the third story of the seven-story building is self-control.
86. You cannot grow in Christ in your Christian walk without self-discipline and self-control.
87. There must be discipline in your prayer life.
88. There must be discipline in your study of the Word of God.
89. There must be discipline in your use of time.
90. There must be discipline in curbing your appetites.
91. If you are not disciplined in all these areas, chances are the Lord is not a priority for you.
92. Paul is a good role model of self-control and discipline.
93. Listen to what he said in 1 Corinthians 9:26:
94. “I do not run aimlessly. I do not box as one beating the air; but I plummet my body and subdue it lest after preaching to others, I myself should stand aside.”
95. Self-discipline, therefore, is making your body to be your servant and not your master;
96. then, we see the fourth building of this seven-story building is perseverance.
97. Patient endurance is an alien word to so many people in our world today.
98. This word literally means to remain under stress or to be steady under pressure.
99. It may be that some of you today are going through difficult times;
1. but, remember that God is more than willing to give you the power to continue when you have done all, that you can stand firm in His Word.
2. Many times, we are tempted to quit too early and miss out on God’s blessing.
3. The fifth story in the building is godliness.
4. It means God-likeness.
5. It means that there has to be such a supernatural quality in a believer’s conduct.
6. It means that the world can look at you and know that you’re a child of your heavenly Father.
7. The family likeness should be understandable and discernable.
8. In verse 7, Peter tells us about floor number six and floor number seven.
9. One is brotherly affection,
10. and the other is divine love.
11. At a glance, you might think that the two top stories in that building look alike,
12. but they are very different.
13. Brotherly affection is what we have for each other as brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus.
14. Divine love is what God produces in us even to the point of being willing to lay our lives down for each other.
15. Let me summarize again.
16. Faith is the foundation;
17. then, add virtue to faith.
18. Add knowledge to virtue,
19. and self-control to knowledge;
20. and perseverance to self-control.
21. Add godliness to perseverance,
22. and brotherly love to godliness;
23. and, finally, add divine love to brotherly love.
24. Peter says that, in the Christian life, you either go up or go down.
25. You cannot stand still.
26. Peter tells us in verse 9 that, if you ignore this seven-story building,
27. you will be ineffective and unfruitful and you will be shortsighted and forgetful.
28. Your Christian life will be like those who are boxing at shadows.
29. To be sure, you may have knowledge,
30. but if you don’t put into practice the knowledge that you have,
31. Peter is saying that this is short-sightedness
32. and it will even blind you to the greatest gift that you have,
33. and that is the redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ.
34. Today, you can ask for divine power to help you build this seven-story building;
35. but, for some of you, you may not have started with the foundation yet,
36. and that’s where you have to start.
37. Ask God to give you the gift of faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,
38. and, after you have the foundation, you can be ready to build that seven-story building.
39. It is my prayer that you will do that today.