Satan is crafty and Satan will do whatever he can to keep us from the truth! And one of the ways he does this is through false teachers! For they are among us! They are in the church and they are within the Christian community at large! They are wolves in Sheep’s clothing! Waiting to prey on the innocent! We join Pastor David Crespo in Second Peter chapter two as we continue in our topical studies through this epistle! And just like the first century believers we receive the warning from Peter that we need to be aware! We need to be alert! Let’s listen in!
2 Peter 1:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Greeting the Faithful
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have [a]obtained like[b] precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [c]corruption that is in the world through lust.
Fruitful Growth in the Faith
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control [d]perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither [e]barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
a. 2 Peter 1:1 received
b. 2 Peter 1:1 faith of the same value
c. 2 Peter 1:4 depravity
d. 2 Peter 1:6 patience
e. 2 Peter 1:8 useless
New King James Version (NKJV)
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