Building A Christ-like Character:Intro to 2 Peter 1:1-4

Building A Christ-like Character:Intro to 2 Peter 1:1-4

     In 1 Peter, there is an outward threat of persecution. In 2 Peter, it is an inward threat. Peter wrote this to encourage believers to pursue godly character and expose false teachings. 2 Peter 3:17-18 is a great summary of the book. Matthew 26:69-75 -Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Peter now begins by saying he is a “servant.” Peter knew that he had only a few months to live. Verses 1-4 shows us all that God has given to us to create a godly character. If you want a fuller deeper relationship with the Lord, 2 Peter is one of best books to teach you how to develop it.

1.  THE CENTRALITY OF JESUS

Jesus or Jesus Christ is mentioned 8x in 2 Peter and 3x in verses 1-2. We have “obtained” (a lot that falls upon you) the righteousness of God and Savior Jesus Christ. We did not acquire it. God’s righteousness is ordained and He has chosen us before we chose Him. Grace and peace are in abundance (be multiplied) through the knowledge (means knowledge by experience). In verse 1, Jesus Christ is referred to as the Savior and in verse 2, He is referred to as Lord.

2.  THE CERTAINTY OF HIS PROMISES

Precious – v. 1, 4. All believers have a precious faith and precious promises (common salvation). Peter puts himself on the same level as all believers (“our precious faith,” “given us” is said 2 times, “called us”). God has given us His divine Promises.  Here Peter tells us how. Their excellence is set forth by two words. They are “very great and precious.” (their intrinsic worth and value. “very great.” The other word “precious” speaks of their importance.

3.  THE CONTRIBUTION OF HIS NATURE

Participation in the Divine nature. This is the great connection to the divine. We have participation by virtue of our communion with Him. Because by this, God wants our character to resemble His character (1 Peter 2:9). This promise is more than a purpose. A purpose needs to be found. This promise is already realized. This promise is more than a doctrinal declaration. A declaration states something. His promise is something.    

4.  THE CONSEQUENCE OF HIS NATURE

Great benefit of the Divine nature “Having first escaped the world through lust.” As we die to sin, the Divine nature increases. There is always a putting off, then putting on (Eph 4:22-24). The character of the Lord can not be realized unless you run away from the old self. Jesus is not another layer. Observe: sin is called “corruption” often in Scripture. (Note the implications of escaping in 2 Peter 2:20). It is a quick running away as in the plague, a fire or a flood. Divine promises in the nature of Jesus are given in layers in verses 5-11 (influence of the one upon the other).

Summary- The Basis for Spiritual Growth

1.  Spiritual growth is tied to the centrality of Jesus Christ in our life.

2.  Spiritual growth is connected to the promise for all believers.

3.  Spiritual growth is a guaranteed deposit of the divine in us.

4.  Spiritual growth happens when we determine to run away from evil and run to God. 

God’s testimony is guaranteed to bring the good things He will bestow upon us. Our testimony should be what Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:1. Is it?



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