2 Peter 1:1-4 (PART 1)
By William Dinwiddie
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:1-4
Peter identifies himself with a more humble appearance. He is a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:
I would like you to consider the term “faith”. It is used a great deal today. The “faith” spoken of that is approved of God is quite different than what most people know.
A. Faith is “OBTAINED”.
This is not something you generate mentally because you are human.
• The OBTAINED faith is different than your subjective mindset of either being positive minded or negative minded. There are many positive-minded people in the world. I have heard that the greatest concentration of positively-minded people are in America’s prisons.
• The OBTAINED faith is the body of promises and a list of works by Jesus which God gave to man to be believed. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31
• Obtaining faith is done by “Believing” what was “delivered”.
Believing the Word of God is Faith just as Abram was told something by God that He was going to do and Abram believed it. Therefore, that is the standard of what faith is. If a person believes something that God has not said, that is not the faith that God credits as righteousness. It is trusting in another source of information. God has not revealed that He honor the words of man when He has spoken otherwise.
• The method of delivery of this is through the “the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Romans 3:21-22
a. It is the “faith OF Jesus Christ (Have you considered the faith of Christ and not just your faith in Christ) Hebrews 3:1-6, Galatians 2:16 (READ THESE TEXTS)
“Our Lord believed what the Father told Him about His house. As a Son, Jesus revealed this faith by being faithful or doing what the Father told Him to do. “ I have glorified You on the earth: I have finished the work which You gave me to do.” John 17:4
b. God has said that the faith that Abraham exhibited is the faith that He honors. He honors it by crediting His righteousness to the person who is believing. What Abraham did to have God’s righteousness credited to him was that Abraham believed what God said.
c. When a person hears what God has done in Jesus Christ and believes it to the point of doing what He said to do, God credits that person’s faith as RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Today, I encourage you to read the promises of God which are in Christ. If you believe them, you will act according to the promises. There is great blessing in this. – more later.