2nd Peter 1:1-21; 1:14-18
Peter is ready to lay aside his "tabernacle"
–i.e. "dwelling place" – his body. He desires to bequeath something
special to God’s people. He could have talked about:
- Being the chief apostle
- The converts he won
- The churches he established
- Walking on the water
- Being filled with the Spirit
- Miracles by faith.
HE BEQUEATHED THE POWER AND COMING OF JESUS
Jesus Is Returning.
For His own and with His own.
This is the hope of the Christian
Jesus Is Returning In Power.
To smash Anti-Christ and shackle Satan.
To judge Christ-rejecters.
To rule and reign.
The Transfiguration Was A Picture of His Coming.
"Eye-witnesses in the holy mount."
Jesus shined forth in glory – "His Majesty".
The Father authenticated the Son. 2nd Peter 1:17.
Moses pictured resurrected saints. Dead for 1450 years but
Elijah pictured raptured saints. Translated 900 years
Peter, James, and John pictured Israel who will awaken to the
realization that Jesus is the Messiah when He returns in glory.
They talked about His death. Their means of entrance into the
- John saw His glory. Revelation 1:1-17; 19:11-16
- Isaiah saw his glory. Isaiah 6:1-3; John 12:41
- Daniel saw His glory. Daniel 10:5-8
- Paul caught a glimpse. Acts 9:3; 26:13.
He Desires To Stir Them Up by Keeping Them In Remembrance
Christ’s Coming is a purifying teaching. 1st John
Christ’s coming is a motivating teaching: One reason the
early church went forth with such zeal was because they wanted
to witness to every person before Jesus returned. Matthew 25:11.
II. EMBRACING THE POWER AND COMING OF JESUS WILL
KEEP GOD'S PEOPLE FROM BEING BARREN AND UNFRUITFUL
They Will Add To Their Faith - verses 5-7
Without faith as the foundation these other virtues cannot
fulfill their potential.
- Virtue – strength or courage
- Knowledge – clear perception of truth
- Temperance - moderation
- Patience – calm endurance of any aggravation or suffering
- Godliness – God likeness
- Brotherly kindness – brotherly benevolence
- Charity – a commitment of unconditional love
These Virtues Will Keep God’s People From Failure
- verse 8
They will not be barren or unfruitful
They will never fall.
They Will Keep The Christian From Spiritual
Those who do not add these virtues cannot see
back to their salvation experience clearly
They can’t see anything else clearly that requires sharp
VIRTUES WILL PRODUCE AN ABUNDANT
INTO THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM
We Can Be Admitted In Shame. 1st
A wasted life – unfinished tasks
Lost souls never won.
We Can Have An Abundant Entrance.- Verse 11
"For an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the
everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
A tourist traveling in northern Italy came to the
castle Villa Casconati and requested of the gardener to let him walk
through. Nothing could have pleased the gardener more. He asked,
"How long has it been since the owner was here? ´ "About twelve
years." "Does he ever write?" "No." "Then who gives you
instructions?" "He never has." "You certainly keep these grounds in
beautiful condition. They look as if you expected your master to
come tomorrow." The gardener almost interrupted, "Today, sir,
If we add these virtues that make us fruitful we
can expect an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scripture quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted