Building a Christ-Like Character 2 Peter 1:12-21

Building a Christ-Like Character 2 Peter 1:12-21

          Peter has just given us 8 steps for building Christian character and now gives us the support for it. The Word of God is a: 

1.  A constant remembrance

Peter mentions the idea of remembering 3x in v. 12-15. “make every effort” in v. 5,10, and here in v. 15. Peter recognizes that the words of a teacher are best remembered when he is gone. Peter himself had remembered his Lord’s words best at such a time (Matt 26:75; Luke 22:61; John 2:22, 12:16). What is the one thing which Peter considers of such importance for men to remember? (See verses 8, 9, 10, 12.) “firmly established in truth” is a great summary of all these things. Why do we remind our children of things?

          The apostles were eye-witnesses of the unclouded majesty of the Jesus transfigured (Matt. 17). The Transfiguration  is a glimpse into the glory of God. Peter has been told by Jesus how he would die 30 years earlier in John 21:18. He now knows that day is coming so he needs to write it down so they will never forget after he is gone. 

2.  A reliable witness

There was a voice from heaven given 3 times in the Gospels. Baptism, John 12:28-30, transfiguration. God has revealed Himself in 3 ways. Creation, Scripture and Jesus. “cleverly invented stories” man’s wisdom (gr. sophisticated), the Holy Spirit teaches (1 Cor 2:13). Contrast false teachers who do this-2 Peter 2:3, “stories they have made up”; Fables-pagan mythologies and subsequent Gnostic fables and genealogies already existed in Judaism and others. Have you ever thought what it might have been like to be an eyewitness? What is true is that over a period of time even reliable eyewitnesses forget their details. Peter knows that “soon” v. 14 he will die. The word “soon” is also translated “swift” in 2 Peter 2:1. 

3. A permanent record 

Peter answers the question of these believers and for us. How did we get the Bible?

1)  First (as in importance) it is not private or exclusive. “All scripture is inspired by God and… 2 Tim. 3:16

2)  Second, it had no origin in man (transmitted from man to man)

3)  Third, it was carried through men by the Holy Spirit (inspired writings not writers). Writers were not taking dictation unless the Scripture say, “write these things down” (Revelation). Writers were not in a trance. Writers wrote from experience. When Jesus said in John 14:25 “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will teach you all things,” he meant the Bible. There have been countless attempts through history to destroy the Bible, but without success. Heaven and earth pass pass away, but my word will never pass away.” Matt, 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33.

Simply put, the word of Christ is more sure and lasting than heaven and earth. The word of Christ is more sure than the pillars of heaven or the strongest foundations of earth. Note 1 Peter 1:24-25 and Luke 16:17.


1. Make every effort to remember your experience with Jesus.

2. Be certain of the foundation of your faith.

3. Attest to the truth of the Word of God.

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