2 Peter 1
by Philip Layton
Peter starts the letter with a reminder of the characteristic results of faith
- The prescription to avoid being short-sighted Christians (vv 5-8)!
- Why do you think Peter calls his body a ‘tent’ (v 13)?
- Is Peter referring to Jesus’ transfiguration (v 18)?
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Going Deeper – from 'Words of Life'
Peter’s second letter is his swansong; the last words we hear from him. Yet he leaves with us important words, telling us again to live only for God in all we do. The apostle outlines qualities for us to embrace in our daily lives, reminding us that they will help us live effective and productive lives for Christ and his Kingdom. And if we keep on living for the Lord, we will one day receive a rich welcome Home – in Glory:
For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (vv 10, 11).
How are we doing with the essential qualities outlined in verses 5 to 7?
Some might be easier than others. We might show goodness; have knowledge about God and his desires for us. But self-control? Perhaps we break down a bit here. Or maybe we find it difficult to show brotherly love to all people.
We note the word ‘if ’. If we do all these things, then God will be pleased. It’s about the choices we make daily. About being obedient to God’s will. It’s about love. Having the deep desire within to love one another, as God loves us.
I want to receive that rich welcome Home one day. Don’t you? What a day that will be! Living with Christ for ever. So let’s begin now. Then grace and peace – words that Peter uses in greeting his readership – will be ours in abundance!
Lord, help me to live daily for you, and only you. Keep me on the right path, so that one day I will live with you – for ever – in Glory!
Beverly IvanyTags: 2 Peter