1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We welcome you to this broadcast.
3. If you are joining us for the first time,
4. we have just started a series of messages from 2 Peter.
5. Last time, we saw how Peter exhorted new believers to beware of the teaching of false prophets.
6. He told us that, if we abide in the living truth,
7. they will keep us from stumbling.
8. Today, we will see another promise that Peter makes to all believers.
9. It is found in 2 Peter, Chapter 1, verse 13.
10. He said, “It is my pledge as long as I am in this body, I will remind you of other things.”
11. Peter is saying that “I'm going to be a burr under your saddle.
12. I am not going to give up on you.
13. I am not going to stop reminding you.”
14. Peter says, “I am going to be these three things for you.
15. I'm going to be an encourager,
16. I'm going to be an exhorter,
17. and I'm going to be an example.”
18. Peter calls the body a "tent" because a tent is a temporary dwelling.
19. When you live in a tent, it’s usually a temporary existence.
20. When the time comes, you pull up the stakes and you move on.
21. Sometimes, you pull up stakes and go home.
22. Our earthly body is a tent.
23. Through the years, my tent is going to get tattered and creased and faded;
24. but, then, I'm going to fold it and I will get a new one.
25. That will be my new glorified body in Jesus Christ.
26. In verse 14, Peter remembers what Jesus told him in John 21: 18 and 19.
27. Let’s read that.
28. “Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God...”
29. then, Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me.”
30. Peter knows, while he is writing this Epistle,
31. that it’s a matter of days, perhaps, before he dies and goes to be with the Lord;
32. but Peter does not feel sorry for himself.
33. In fact, the closer he gets to the day of the fulfillment of the Lord’s prophecy about his death,
34. the more persistent he becomes in thinking about others.
35. The closer he gets to the day of the fulfillment of the Lord’s prophecy about his death,
36. the more persistent he becomes in thinking about others’well being,
37. as if Peter is saying, “Don’t feel sorry for me.
38. My intense desire is to see to it that you are established in the faith.
39. My goal for the remaining years of my life is to work harder than ever that your faith does not get out of kilter."
40. In Acts, Chapter 20, Paul says the same thing.
41. “None of these things move me. Either I count my life dear to me, that I might finish my course with joy and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.”
42. Do you know what the problem is for many believers?
43. They listen to the worldly prophets of doom and gloom too much.
44. They forget who is in charge.
45. They think that God is only going to bless them in this life;
46. but Peter re minds us of the eternal perspective,
47. and, when you learn to look at the eternal perspective,
48. you will lose your grip on the things that don’t matter in this life;
49. but, if you lose your eternal perspective,
50. you will lose your joy.
51. If you lose your eternal perspective,
52. you will lose your fulfillment.
53. If you lose your eternal perspective,
54. you will lose your true identity.
55. In 2 Peter 1:15, he says,
56. “Even after my death, I will exhort you.”
57. He said, “I'm going to leave some writings behind so that, many times, you will read them after my departure that they may continue to encourage you.”
58. My listening friends, let me ask you a question.
59. What are you leaving behind as your legacy?
60. Peter is leaving words of encouragements and words of exhortation.
61. Peter is leaving behind words of love.
63. So that believers may not be led astray.
64. What are you leaving to your family and friends?
65. Will they remember you as an encourager and a supporter and exhorter?
66. Or will they remember you as critical and cynical?
67. Will they remember you for your generosity and love for the work of God?
68. Or will they remember you for whatever money you’re leaving them?
69. Why is Peter so positively persistent about reminding those Christians about the truth of the faith?
70. He lists three reasons.
71. They are to be found in 2 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 16 to 21.
72. The first one is in verses 16 to 18.
73. Peter tells us that he has experienced these truths about Jesus firsthand.
74. Secondly, in verse 19,
75. the Holy Spirit is going to confirm to all believers the truth about the Word of God.
76. Thirdly, in verses 20 and 21,
77. the Holy Spirit Himself is the author of the Word of God.
78. These words of the Scripture are God-breathed,
79. and Peter was crucified upside down because he upheld the truth in these Scriptures.
80. Let’s look at those three things one at a time.
81. First, let’s look at Peter’s own experience.
82. Let’s read verses 16, 17 and 18.
83. Peter knew that there would be false teachers who would deny the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
84. He knew that there would be false teachers who would say that the resurrection is only a matter of faith.
85. They thought they saw and heard, but these things are not really historical fact,
86. and Peter is telling all believers, “Don’t listen to these babbling idiots.”
87. He is saying, “I followed Him for three years.”
88. He is saying, “I know what James and John and I saw on the Mount of Transfiguration.
89. It was real.
90. I know that He told me that I would deny Him three times before the cock crowed, and I did.
91. It was real.
92. I know that, after the resurrection, it was not my imagination.
93. I entered into the tomb on that Sunday morning and it was empty.
94. It was real.
95. I know that He came to the Upper Room and talked to me
96. and, then, He came back a week later to take care of Thomas’ doubt.
97. It was real.
98. I know how He challenged me to feed the sheep and that’s what I'm doing right now.”
99. Peter reminds us,
1. “I am following His command in trying to encourage you.
2. I am following His command in trying to uphold you.
3. I am following His command in trying to feed you the pure Word of God.”
4. Then, in verse 19, Peter said,
5. “But it was not only my eyewitness account. Look at the prophecy of the Scripture.”
6. Peter tells us that the Word of God is like a light that is shining,
7. but the light seems to be shining outside of our hearts.
8. Inside your heart, you choose to sit in darkness,
9. and what the Holy Spirit does when He sees a genuine desire from the heart to be illuminated and enlightened is this:
10. He comes like a magnifying glass,
11. and He concentrates the light of the Word of God into your heart and illuminates it;
12. and Peter is saying,
13. “Let the Word of God and the Spirit of God shine upon your heart.
14. Let the Word of God and the Spirit of God give you hope until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
15. Finally, in verses 20 and 21,
16. Peter is saying you can trust the Word of God because it came from God.
17. Men may have penned these words in the Bible,
18. but the Holy Spirit edited every thought and every word.
19. Someone once said that, when these men were writing the Scripture, the Holy Spirit jumped in the ink.
20. In a day when there are so many false teachers and false prophets denying the authority of the Scripture,
21. Peter tells us that we need to stand firm on these facts.
22. First, the words, as originally penned by the forty or more human writers, were God-breathed.
23. God did not just give them a general outline.
24. God did not just give them the basic themes.
25. God did not tell them to write using their imagination.
26. No. The Holy Spirit gave the very words that they wrote.
27. Peter also tells us that the entire Bible was equally given by God.
28. God gave us both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
29. God gave us the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
30. In all the hundreds of years in which the Bible was written, It’s all consistent.
31. Paul said, in 2 Timothy 3:16,
32. “All Scripture was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
33. and it is profitable for doctrine, for proof, for correction, for instruction, and righteousness…”
34. and, in verse 21, Peter reminds us,
35. “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
36. Peter is telling all believers that we must stand firm in the Scripture.
37. Only then can we build our seven-part structure in the will of God,
38. It is my prayer that you begin to trust the Word of God, as It is the Word of God,
39. and that you will stand firm on It.
40. It is historically accurate.
41. It is factual.
42. It is tested through the years,
43. and not a mistake in It.
44. I hope you’ll begin to read the Word of God consistently.
45. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.