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2 Peter 1 - Peter's Ladder of Salvation

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • December 5, 2009
    9:00 AM
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I was out on my name was on the Commons bulletin dated a method that I teach and the plan for the opportunity to be here with you and we finished first live of the first heater blasts out with Archie Salas again and now really continue on into the book of second Peter 's three short chapters I expect that we will get through this but in about three weeks sooner when we have a word of prayer it started with the class father in heaven we thank you for the Sabbath thank you for the opportunities that we have to study your work bosses as we start a neighborhood of the Bible the book of second Peter Manley a blessing she has since his marker and uses the book of second shooter is written by the apostle Peter shortly before his death and fewer read what Peter says in these chapters especially in Chapter one he mentions that he is about to put office tabernacle and she passed away considering that Peter is that he is about to pass from the scene and that after many years of labor probably the son close to forty years of labor for the church since the time of Christ obviously what he is going to say in these three chapters would have special significance slaves one has to leave the church remains on while in the last things that he says he wanted to be important and what Peter says in these three chapters as you will see have what he believes to be special significance to God 's people to Christians during that time and especially down to the end of time so that is what we are going to watch and starting in second Peter chapter one massive ongoing she read it on the first two verses here here's a Simon Peter Nester an apostle of Jesus Christ to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and of our Savior Jesus Christ Grace and peace be multiplied on view through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord is the introduction of Cedar identifies himself as a serve as an apostle of Jesus Christ and if you like a lot of utensils written in the New Testament all Peter on identify themselves I am a servant of Jesus Christ on fossil and through Scripture if you look at the concept of what it means to be a servant of Christ to be a servant of Jesus Christ you see them excited about this before we see that God lastly people are described as the servants of God said just because here was an apostle of Christ then a servant of Jesus Christ doesn't cut him in a category that is high in above and away from white dog designs for us as people that means he wants us to be risen Jesus Christ as Peter was to be servants of Jesus Christ and noticed she writes to them that have obtained like precious faith with us so my thighs and about the Christian faith there is a hierarchy of faith this person because he is not possible is really faithful men and the people I was talk their way down here if I cannot those of you keeping those of us that he's riding to he says have obtained like precious faith of the same that means other than that we would have the type of experience that Peter had in his last will continue on your sweet obtained like precious faith through the righteousness of God announced at our Savior Jesus Christ here is the concept of righteousness by faith so the apostles understood righteousness by faith is nothing man is actually not that complicated and yet sometimes people get confused about what righteousness by faith is Peter 's going to explain what righteousness by faith is here in this chapter in the next few verses continue nice as Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord notice when we received a race it's through the mall to God Jesus Christ or Lauren that when we receive it is multiplied to a certain grace is not something that we receive as a one time thing and then we stayed in a surface knowledge of God the rest of our lives is likely receive grace that is multiply tears when we have only received knowledge of God and Jesus are more timely receiver is through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ are learned and the more we learn the more graces multiply kiss some grace is something that's just the own a shallow sand covering over us that once we say well I know that Jesus is God new guy for me that's all the grace we have received grace is actually multiply TSV on point that's what peters this teaching this year now in the next few nine you see what the righteousness of God through faith is how graces multiplied Sheela this will help us to understand the Christian experience of righteousness by faith that Peter had we does he wants us to attain like precious faith authority says in verse one to verse three he says according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue and you see that we received something through the knowledge of God so clearly piercing knowing God having knowledge of him is important and notices this is his divine power has given us what things so and now is that like the nicest house in town the most expensive car says all things that pertain into life and godliness so through the divine power of God God is going to give this things that pertain to us eternal life like that matters in godliness so through the power and the knowledge of God we can have all things that are important and then he tells us what these things are well all these things are that pertain in a life and godliness starting in verse four what are all these things that pertain to life and godliness is for verse forces where whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by EV 's he might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through bus so now because God 's divine power gives us all things that pertain to life and got I have received that through the ensuing great and precious promises of God we can be partakers of the divine nature is not the great promise company the whiny partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through was now the first job makes it gives an idea of what the corruption that is in the world through lust this first John Chee fifteen sixteen was the flush the lust of the eyes and the pride of life otherwise the flushes those three broad categories really encapsulate anything you can that pertains to someone you can do anything with some floor of pride is in one of those categories love the flush light of the eyes and the pride of life and all you have to do is follow the Nan San he will see famous athlete of the problems of the lost was a lovely eyes and the pride of life that's not the life we are called to live as soon as when we are protectors of the divine nature we escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust so what are these things that for candlelight ungodliness what we see that they are great promises the help of the partakers of the divine nature what is it mean to be a particular the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through what are their characteristics that help us to understand what it means to be partakers of the divine nature to escape the corruption of the world through a twelve versus five through seven give us those characteristics and this is a known as cedars the latter have you ever heard of the term peters water before so verses five through seven at you want to describe heaters and latter served responses beside this giving all diligence add to your faith virtue and to virtue knowledge and to knowledge temperance and teach temperance associations and temptations God with us and to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity or live chat now notice where Peter starts what is the first capture the that is mentioned in verse five that we should add to say so the foundation of Christianity astray and notice in verse one Peterson Pleiades writing to those who have obtained like precious faith with less now what Peter is saying is if you have obtained like precious faith with us or with more experience that here is or what the apostles without nearly believers you have like precious faith are going to address you that because faith is important in this case produces three and these next attributes versus five three seven tell us what is added to the site for example the next thing that is out of the phase is a virtue so living a virtuous life a life that is consistent with me and with the right dealing with being faithful with being a virtuous man saying when you have a righteousness by faith and yet living out why that's lacking in virtue doesn't go together when you have faith you have virtually cheated and Alan why you actually have an entire chapter see fossils starting on page five twenty nine and talks about the soul is an she says in this chapter Jesus God has called the people to glory and virtue and these will be manifest in the lives of all who are truly connected with having become partakers of the heavenly gift they are to go on unto perfection being kept by the power of God through faith it is the glory of God to give his virtue to his children Sonata saves when you ask your faith virtue notice that God is giving you said is a virtual so when we get a notice like precious faith through the righteousness of God 's righteousness by faith and we use this term righteousness by faith if the righteousness of God through faith in someone we have righteousness by faith in God 's righteousness which means that it is a perfect righteousness and if we have his righteousness is through faith they would make something we add to that faith it would be seen as virtue that is being attitudes of his Christlike virtue that is being added to face so his characteristics and then we say sin virtue and noticed the next thing that is added knowledge so for someone to say while I I don't know the Bible now I don't study Daniel and Revelation models ready Romans I don't study the Gospels Pauline houses that uses life for me and that's good enough for me according to the Bible it says when we have faith and virtue we answer that knowledge and so it is important to study the word of God it is important to know what we believe and why we believe it that's a biblical principle certainly we start with faith that God sent Jesus to die for us and we receive our free faith that we had to virtue and knowledge when we study the Bible and we gain knowledge and of course this is mentioned that Grace and peace will be multiplied she was through knowledge when we gain knowledge in this experience of climbing appears water in them virtue and knowledge the next thing that comes we see this center is in this can be summarized as in the health message for all of the things that are related to San Francisco I cannot staying up way eating balanced meals meals at regular times not defiling herself with harmful substances like nicotine and alcohol drugs those are pretty obvious things that when you study the Bible is like my body is the temple of God I don't say things into my body that God has made because God considers my body to be says to keep it pure and holy so as we gain knowledge we gained some friends and notice one when we have sent friends the next thing that is added his stations and the correlation with the if you don't have faith virtue knowledge and severance you're not have patience when the trials of life and if you are used to eating when I really feel like it who I am hungry unknown notes on spot for three more hours on a half on the phone now how are you going to have patience when Dutch trial comes in your usage is money right now to get it right now I want I want it now let's not sent San Francisco's waiting and regular are following the laws of health and major so to speak out of your use of this thing unfolds the pair not going to have stations for citations of the Ford attribute because God last day people are described as having the patience of the sanctity of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus so in this experience of finding the latter patients is important in order to have patience when you have phase virtue knowledge and temperance and having to patients comes gobbling all these things together faith virtue knowledge temperance patience together the package would fit the picture of the godliness of being why Christ and when we are like Christ when we have job leanness we had to that for other week yes and again I talked about this in our classes on brotherly kindness should especially pertain to how we relate to our family members that and how we relate to our brothers and sisters in Christ that church for having a hard time having feelings of charity and brotherly kindness to our brothers and sisters in church there may be a wrong of the water missing below this point and I've said this before as well is if our biggest enemies are in church something 's wrong workers we shouldn't have any enemies a church we should all have brotherly kindness and charity towards one soon godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness yet charity which is all those things together make what is called Peter 's latter and this is these attributes of research and knowledge temperance patience godliness brotherly kindness and was these attributes here in first Peter cheater first and second Peter one three these attributes are the attributes that are seen in people who have the experience of righteousness by faith faith virtue knowledge temperance patience godliness brotherly kindness and models will those go together in the experience of righteousness by faith and cheater can write about this because you have this experience at this point in his life and he's writing to those who have obtained like precious faith he's calling upon all of us to have this experience of being partakers of the divine nature so when you have righteousness by faith you are partakers of the divine nature you've escaped the corruption that is in the world three months and you have these attributes and again read the comments received from Allen Wyatt about this experience of climbing the ladder so Alan White says this is dramatically apostles starting page five twenty nine she says speaking of the slashes of these words are full of instruction and strike the keynote of victory the apostle prison presents before the believers the latter of Christian progress every step of which represents advancement in the knowledge of God and in the climbing of which there is to be never stand still when she mentions all those attributes starting with a pending with charity she says these are the rounds of the latter we are saved by climbing round after round mounting step after step to the highest price ideal for us that he is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption and then she goes on to say in the same chapter not need Seo of attaining images dear perfection of Christian character by the sacrifice of Christ provision has been made for the believer to receive all things that pertain to life in God is not called upon to reach the standard of perfection and places before us the example of Christ character in his humanity perfected by a life of constant resistance to them evil the Savior sure that your cooperation with the event any human beings may in this life candid perfection of character this is God 's assurance to us that we too may obtain complete victory so she and in that chapter is describing the film was basically picking highlights from the book of second Peter and said what we see here is that these attributes in this latter Peter verses five through seven are the attributes Christians are each run of the latter is a reach the pattern that God has set forth for each one of us and I was reversed eight thousand second Peter one is for these things be any wetlands phase virtue knowledge temperance patience godliness brotherly kindness and charity if these things in the canyon and abound they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ so when we have these attributes we will not be barren for unfruitful we will have free to give to God and again Mrs. Cedars last exhortation of the Christian church shortly before his death so he is sharing things that he thinks are of most importance to the Christian faith since we do not want these things is on and cannot see afar off and had forgotten that he was purged from his old son notices interesting sooner said as you know why these things is a virtue knowledge temperance patience godliness brotherly kindness and charity he says that you are wanting any forgotten that you were courage from your old delivery on the receive forgiveness for you from all unrighteousness can you think of another place in Scripture where jobs suitable for professor people are described as being wanting an absolutely later to see what you see is wretched miserable for lying and make it somewhat is one of way in the CS problems Toyota sienna is necessary to add the faith and virtue knowledge San Francisco patients godliness brotherly kindness and charity likewise have righteousness by faith if I have righteousness by faith on covered with a righteousness of Christ why would I need to add anything to you that I don't need to be a virtuous person would have patients are easy to eat separately or not to have brotherly love to my brothers and sisters Charlotte and Mike Kennedy W have anything to do with my salvation recovered with the righteousness of Christ and yet piercing if you want to be syndrome Laodicea is described as being one and make it in the negative clearly not covered with the righteousness of Christ so second Peter makes it pretty clear that these elements on Peter 's letter faith virtue knowledge temperance patience godliness brotherly kindness and charity are what are crucial in the experience of being clothed with righteousness of Christ and having spiritual eyesight to discern what is true and what is false he that is why these things were so lining cannot see if are often first gotten out he wasn't heard from his old sense now that it will not enter things like that if you like this and he forgotten anyone prefers parklands from your own wife of Sun and MS like will I have the righteousness of Christ so I guess it's okay if I'm still so be forgotten even arch actually think when Simpson and that God give me the victory now you're winding your true condition is not as exactly what is wrong with the way it is CA United Elliot appears his yard around in various places in the discharge and you won't hear these very things that basically justifying an excuse in the widest sense and what those people are unknowingly are doing they are showing that they are blind to their true condition so let's will stick with what the Bible says and and be faithful to what Scripture says about the experience that God wants us to have anonymous reverse senses wherefore the rather brother is a summary statement of what Peter has said so so far as is wherefore the rather brethren give diligence to make your calling and election sure for if ye do these things he shall never fall analysis if you do what is picking out your faith virtue to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance and at San Francisco's indications dialing within the godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity if you do these things if you give diligence to do anything some sources you shall never fall reminds me of June twenty four which is now an offender is able to keep you from falling and the present you faultless before the presence of this throne with exceeding joy as for him he works in Canada helps us to do these things that we have to give diligence shoot with the randomness we are hard is daily surrender to the Lord because humanly speaking there's times when we don't feel like being the center of their size I don't feel like having occasions there is as we don't feel like I'm in brotherly kindness of the most annoying person ensures you always get the monomers with certain things they say and I come on in God we know that one person with a gentleman who will not be a good Christian other than the dry it takes surrender to the Lord to be able to have this experience and superior citizenship diligence to make your following election shirt and diligently every day we surrender our human will to that of God saying Lord work out your life through me because I don't feel like it today I'll fill a gap in Virginia my faith in a because one person I just don't feel like doing virtuous to them I feel like giving the cold shoulder today and we've all have that temptation we lost with only all fallen into that temptation at one point or another analyze the peers sing and if we give diligence to maker calling election sure if we do these things we will never fall so what Scripture say is that it is not inevitable that you have to send not in heaven if you do these things you shall never fall and it's interesting as I read islandwide throughout the years second Peter one verse ten is a frequent verse that she will arrive so on through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit alum I also placed high value on the message of second-tier one especially verses and if you give diligence make your calling and election sure and notice are calling our election that the with our salvation were not talking about negotiable issues were talking about issues that relate to salvation are calling in our election many are called here is what is our calling is to have white precious faith the righteousness of God through faith Saturday's urge you to review knowledge to knowledge temperance patience godliness brotherly kindness and if we get diligently since we will maker calling the licensure and we will never fall and it is God he was able to keep us from falling thankful for that promise notice again Mrs. Peterson last message of exhortation to the Christian church before his death is a huge sanguine defenses of the most important continuing on here in chapter one of second Peter he says force so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so these elements of being particular divine nature that we describe starting with faith anyone was the elements that are required to receive an entrance in the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so this is a salvation which and he continues in verse twelve wherefore I will not be negligent as you always in remembrance of these things though you know them and be established in the present truth so Peterson but even if you know this I am not to be not negligent to remind you of what pertains to your salvation because of so easy in the book of Hebrews tells us how shall we escape if we know what is so great a salvation how often do we think about the things of salvation is it just on Sabbath morning when we come to some church is that when we think about salvation and how wonderful it is or is it hard to parcel my wife every day in her diversions with God in the morning and evening throughout the day we are thinking in the great salvation that has been given she was immediate diligence to these things and so Petersons I will not be negligent if that you always in remembrance of these things that you know them and be established in the present interest in this phrase present truth is a phrase that is why continues James White Johnson gave his first coined this term back shortly after eighteen forty four and of course present truth relates to the truth that is especially important for our time and the present truth rest of it of course we understand me the three Angels messages which include the everlasting gospel which is the righteousness of God through faith and we see that God wealthy people publications of the Saints keep the commandments of God and faith in Jesus and what we are setting in second Peter 's furniture is in now continuing on agency fee is wanting in a few more words of that sort exhortation he believes are important leading up to him as he's about to pass off the scene Sergeant Emerson teases the area I think it me as one on his line in this tabernacle to stir you up by cutting you in remembrance knowing that surely I must do all this my charming uncle even as our Lord Jesus Christ censored so sure Peter saying what I'm about to die about the plot my tabernacle of my body I'm going to die and pass off the scene so as long as I am alive I'm going to secure the the same is not going to share this message with me because my time here on this Earth is sure and fifteen he says moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance of Peter is putting the writing what he has said before so that the Christian believers will not forget what the message of salvation that we are many partakers of the divine nature that weird at the faith virtue to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance temperance occasions the patient got it on the dog probably find the brotherly kindness charity automatically do the mentor calling the what insured we will never fall and we will have an entrance into the everlasting King Jesus Christ Peter does not want the church to forget that even though he's about the path of the things reason don't forget this don't forget this and don't forget that even though I'm about the pattern was seen you can still be faithful the only rely on me I'm a human being through the power of God you can be partakers of the divine nature even starting in verse sixteen C speaks to his experience and the experience that we should have as God 's people he says for we have not followed cunningly devised fables and then we have not followed cunningly devised fables if we follow every word of the word of God for not following timely device favorite and if you want to know what cunningly devised fables are go to a classroom that teaches that you can pick and choose what the word of God which part of the word of God is true and what you are is not you can believe whatever you want to believe that the company device they many not so and anyway we have not followed kindly device fables when we made now see our end is coming of our Lord Jesus Christ that were eyewitnesses of his majesty not now peters and what I was an eyewitness is I know what I'm talking about I was with Jesus here on this earth for three and a half years I was enlightened witness and he says exactly when he saw her seventeenth for she received from God the father honor and glory when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased and this voice which came from heaven we've heard when we were with him in the holy now with Peter talking about their hears argument amount translator is when shooter James and John saw the analysis of a wide down from heaven and they saw Jesus in a glorified state receives encouragement before he went through his plastic experience or Gethsemane and the cross and Peterson what I was an eye witness of that matters somewhat I'm sharing with you is not a cunningly devised fables I know from personal experience is that what I'm telling you is true take my word for I was there I saw with my own highs I know how Christ was here on this Earth I know the attributes of Christ and I know that through my own experience of life in the partaker of the divine nature I've added to my favorite you to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance temperance patience the patient is not limited to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity and this is not a commonly devised fable if you do these things he will never fall I know from personal experience and experience in unfaithfulness but now God is help me to be a partaker of the divine nature so we have not followed cunningly devised a notice what he says in verse nineteen him me on his personal experience of being an eyewitness of the Transfiguration of Christ that is what verse nineteen says we have all so a new more sure word of prophecy the theater locator saying here in Cedar is saying that the prophecy in Scripture is more sure than mine were saying that I was an eyewitness to the majesty of God is so sure you can check my word and that we have not followed cunningly devised fables the more sure word health system know that we have not followed cunningly devised fables is no more sure word of it from that's why we ascended fatness study Daniel and Revelation because it isn't those prophecies that help us to understand that we have followed cunningly devised fables and that the message that reach each is true we don't follow commonly divisive we have a more sure word of prophecy the study looked at Daniel Jesus came right on time and Marconi says the time is coming when God is at hand and he was baptized by John the Baptist three and half years later his father the hours glorify thy summit and on seventeenth and then he was crucified right in the midst of the week Justin Daniel prophesied we have a more sure word of prophecy and sure enough right on time Jesus went from the Lord place to the north on October twenty two eighteen forty four and God raised that this remnant people who would keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus we have a more sure word of prophecy people can try to throw stones and sat out on the prophetic messages is no wonder that they do because Satan is that what will prophecy brown people on the face of God in these last days soon we have a more sure word of prophecy whereunto needy well that you takes see as unto a light shining in a dark place until the date on the day star arise in your hearts so the prophetic word is like a light that shines in a dark place and this may not be a perfect application of Revelation eighteen we do now that there is coming a time when an angel come down from heaven having great power in the earth will be white with his glory enemy the final prophetic message to this world before Jesus comes in the enemy the light that shines in a dark place in way that's never been seen before so the first choices knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man the holy men of God say is they were made by the holiness is now in a few minutes I have to say something about prophecy being of no prophecy being of any private interpretation there is a lot of the seventh thousands that like to get private interpretation of Scripture and it's clear how the new interpretation that's never been heard before and it doesn't square with anything else that's ever been understood about Scripture so for example revelations and verse six makes it clear of the time no longer it's clear after eighteen forty four more prophetic time what do you must like to say the twelve sixty which will not be in the thirteen thirty five in the book of Daniel can be reapplied at the end of the end of the world as literal days even though they worry how to do for a year fulfillment of the private interpretation hierarchy while there are some that are just in the living room on 9/11 but the private interpretation for so that no one knows when the judgment below the moment there's people out there that are insane things that are daily in the book of Daniel is a salvation issue like this it's not excessive in his life that some of you may have you gotten him down for another national Sunday wall revisited if any of you get that amount so there's a sadness that so-called missing Lawrence Wilson is not the Catholic visit was an alum why doesn't know what he's talking about prophecy can be reapplied in the future and many atoms are getting this way stirring adventures in the sawmill I see that it's filled with errors once again private interpretation of prophecy we had a more sure word of prophecy so that we don't need to be deceived when people come along having some great new ideas that goes against what Scripture has not always and EMI have a burden for missed a lot of times no doubt hear a speaker or read a magazine where it talks about end time events and they all excited in the Navy and all this speculative judgments are behind the recent common idea and the message of righteousness by faith which Peter talks about second Peter one million partakers of the divine nature understanding the more sure word of prophecy dealing diligent mentor calling and election sure those things in the bang ignored and when it comes to the matters of the horror of having surrender of being surrounded to the Lord so that we can have your faith virtue so we can be virtuous you are the knowledge to their faith purchaser that we can understand Scripture so that we can have a temper that we can live we reached the fact is that we can have patience and be like Christ to have brotherly kindness charity among all of these things thousands are often times it nor and the speculative exciting judgment began there is not letting me down September eleven the kind of messages center of all this excitement in the meantime the preparation of the heart is ignored and Jesus awaits first because we now have Scripture makes it clear in second Peter three and we can actually hasten the coming of the Lord of twilight 's Peter tells us in chapter three we can hasten the coming of Christ and Christ on the case says impatiently that when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduces people than he will come the claimant is so those are the elements that we need to be focusing in on and there are speculative ideas out there that remember many of these things if not most or all of them are five interpretations of prophecy that we understand that no private interpretation then you absolutely sure so what happens is private interpretation is that the right sure enough the obvious implication is that the prophecy that this sure is a is from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit private interpretation is nice human explanation that no with what Scripture teaches and soon we want to make sure that we are following the meeting of the Holy Ghost and in understanding what the word of God teaches and when we get a chapter to next week check it serial talk about a lot of heresy in error that has come into the Christian churches by that time we will get into that next week may we be faithful and many are calling the election sure thank you

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