2 Peter 1:1,2 A Revelation that Brings Transformation


Intro: This morning we are beginning an in-depth study in the N.T. book of 2 Peter.

A)Now we just finished 1 Peter where we saw that the Purpose of that Letter was to strengthen Christians who were facing opposition from W/ out

1)   In the Form of PERSECUTION


B) Well the Purpose of 2 Peter is also that of Strengthening the Believers who were facing opposition but this time it is from WITH IN.

1)   Thru the FALSE TEACHERS  that were invading the Church.


C) Now when we look at life from a Spiritual Perspective  – we see that things really haven’t Changed in 2,000 yrs

1)   Man is still pre-occupied w/ Problems of War & Peace – and w/ the availability of Nuclear weapons – Problems is much more serious


D) Man is still trying to figure out how to be Happy / how to achieve

     lasting Satisfaction

1)   Man is still trying to figure out how we got here & why/ We could go on & on Illustrating how Man  hasn’t changed much in 2,000 yrs


And when you look at Problems that are facing the Church we discover that not much has changed there either

A)The Church still faces problems from w/out –Persecution – although here in the U.S. the forms are not as severe as in other Countries


B) And the Church still wrestles w/ Problems from w/in – with False teachers –

1)   This is a Problem that is much more Prevalent in American Church life


C) Now here in 2 Peter / we are given some very keen insights into the nature and the message of false teachers– Focus of Ch. 2

  1) We will Discover that not much has Changed in this area .


Now to Combat these false teachings Peter begins & Ends this letter by  instructing us of our Need to Grow in the Grace & Knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ

A)Says it in V.2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,


B) In V. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, so on and so forth


C) Then again in the end – 3:18 –Grow in the Grace & Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ


In Fact the word know or knowledge is used at least 13 times in this short epistle.

A)Now the word Knowledge does not mean a mere intellectual understanding of some truth, though that is included.


B) It means to Know Intimately & personally by experience it is  a living participation in the truth/ An APPROPRIATION of it in our lives –daily!!


C) MLJ – gives this Key insight concerning 2 Peter Two Crucial things are at the heart of this letter – 1st is that you know what you believe / the 2nd is that you add to it and grow in it, increase it


D) To put it another way -  Make sure that the foundation is in place and then Build upon it !

1)   Key to this book then is to Grow in our Knowledge of who Jesus is/  who you are in HIM and what that Means to our lives on a Daily Basis



Why is this so important  – Revelation of Who Jesus is Brings about a transformation of our Character

A)Peter knew of this transformation in his own life and he gives us a hint of it in the very first sentence – Simon Peter bond …apostle of J.C.


B) Interesting that he uses both of his names – Simon was his given name & spoke of who he was Prior to meeting J.C.

1)   Simons  meant – Shifting Sand – spoke of something that was unstable like sand – also  think of it as Unfaithful in life


C) That is who Peter was before he met Christ – Unstable guy – shifting stand / good intentions – but no faithfulness


Now When Peter met Jesus – Jesus said to him Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas”  OR PETER -  (which is translated, A Stone).


A)No Longer shifting Sand / Peter was who Jesus was going to Change him into – Rock / Stable /Sure and Faithful

1)   So Simon was who he  was / Peter was who he was becoming


B) Think w/ me for a Moment – when did Simon officially become Peter ?

1)   Matt. 16 – Who do men say that I am . J the B/ Prophets / The Prophet Duet. 18


C) Jesus asked: who do you say that I am ?

16Simon  answered &  said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 17Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.


D) Now this is where Simon discovered his true identity when he received revelation concerning who Jesus is

1)   When he received revelation that Jesus was the one that we have been waiting for, The Christ – Messiah – the son of the Living God !!


E) It was there that JESUS said for the first time- YOU ARE PETER – it was there that Peter discovered his true Identity – who the Lord was making him


A Lot of people today are trying to discover their identity – who they are – Popular – advice in Psych. Is you need to find yourself

A)So people all over the World –set out on  these quest to discover who they are / see people in 40’s 50’s still trying to figure it out


B) Pursuing one thing after another – searching for who they are !!!


Bb) Listen you discover YOUR IDENTITY who you ARE  & who you are meant to be when you receive Revelation about – who He is /



C) That is what Peter reveals in Ch. 1 of this letter – v.3 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,


D) Given all things that pertain to LIFE – that is what man is interested in Life – Living : real Living


What people find about life is there are limits

A man had just had his annual physical exam and was waiting for the doctor's initial report. After a few minutes the doctor came in with his charts in his hand and said, "There's no reason why you can't live a completely normal life as long as you don't try to enjoy it."


A)That is how life is –People think / this is going to be it – but the car doesn’t go fast enough – the House view isn’t good enough


B) There is always – desire for more something else


A young mother examined a toy , then asked the salesman, "Isn't this rather complicated for a small child?" The clerk replied, "It's an educational toy. It's designed to adjust a child to live in the world today. Any way he puts it together, it's wrong.


C) Some People view doesn’t matter how they put it together/ Wrong.


A)That which resembles God – is of God – Wholeness / Completeness


B) For some People life is like biting into COTTON CANDY –affects of this life been attracted to certain things -  think – substance –

1)   Bite into it and it is like Cotton candy – Air – No weight / substance


D) See people pursing things – this is going to be it -  Not Cotton candy

1)   The O.T. word for glory is a Word – KABOD / a word that is translated elsewhere – Weighty / heavy – substance


Mankind is hungering for the KABOD – the Glory – that which has weight & meaning

A)Personally I believe in the Garden that Adam & Eve before the fall lived in the Presence of the Kabod – aspect of Glory (Adam walked….)


B) But when they sinned there was ICHABOD !!!!

1)   Ichabod = The Glory has departed – they had the Kabod but then they sinned & it was Ichabod – the glory departed


C) And from that time on man has been looking for some substance to bite into – something –weight and meaning !!

1)   Man today is painfully aware of His lack of Substance in life and that is why he goes from one absurd extreme to the next in looking for it


But Peter says I have discovered where it is found it is found in the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM !!!!

A)When a Person comes to realize who Jesus is & that Life is about Him

    He is the creator of all things all things are made by Him & for him


B) All things made by Him & for Him / For His PLEASURE ….created


C)This world doesn’t revolve around me – doesn’t exist for me – but it is all about Him made us / who came to us & died for us

  1) and is risen from the dead to LIVE W/ IN US

D)To the extent that a person realizes that life is about Christ and is to revolve around Christ – That person discovers what true living is all about


Give me a high school student who understands that they exist to please Jesus Christ & that Christ does not exist to bring them a B or G friend

A)Give me a house wife who knows that the day is not just about getting her kids off to school so that she can have a break


B) But that everything in that day is a reason to please Christ even more than to please her kids or her husband – everything centers around JESUS 


C) Give me a Business man who understands that it is not just about him climbing the vocational ladder

1)   But his job gives me an opportunity to please Christ at the office  on the Job site


D) Life exist to please Jesus – I exist to bring Him Pleasure / He doesn’t exist for me but I exist for Him

1)   When a Person finally gets that – when the Revelation of that finally comes – finally sinks in – You find your identity


E) Who you are is found in Christ & Who you are in Him !!!!


Your Identity is not found in being a Charger fan

A)Not found in your Job / kind of car you drive or house that you live in it is not found in anything but Him


B) I exist for Him – Life is to Revolve around Him – Life is about growing in My understanding of who He is / who I am in Him


C) Now Peter would still have pts of failure just like you and me but the transformation took place

1)   when the Revelation came concerning who Jesus was / and continued

      the more He came to know of Who Jesus was


So the Foundation of our lives is in discovering who Jesus is and who we are in HIM

A) That is the foundation that we are to build upon


B) Before we go this morning lets consider what Peter says about that foundation  v.1   1st – Like Faith


C) It is the SAME FOR all CLASSES  of People – Jew of Gentile –

 1John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,


Romans 10: if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.


D) God is not a respecter of persons / doesn’t have one standard for rich another for the poor –

1)   One for Politicians another for – Prisoners – all the same


E) There is one way to be saved – Faith in Jesus Christ !!!


2nd Like faith in that it is the faith of the apostles

A)V.1 You have obtained a like faith WITH US


B) Galatians 1: 8But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.


C) Crux of some of the Modern Heresies of today – that our changing times demand different gospel

1)   Problems haven’t Changed why should the message Change



But those who are Proponents of the Seeker Sensitive Movement – Argue that these are days where we as the Church need to watch not offensive  

A)People are offended by all this talk about Sin / and Blood / death

     Watch movies filled w/ Blood & Death


B) Listen Paul & Peter & the rest of the Apostles didn’t preach a milky watered down gospel

1)   They Preached Christ & Him Crucified / they called men to Repentance  from sin & a Turning to God


C) The Result of that produced some of the most powerful & Dedicated Christians the world has ever Known/ 

   1) Should we settle for anything less than that?


D) Much of the Watered down preaching of today – produces wishy washy believers at best / some are not really saved at all


A Friend of mine was at one of these Seeker Churches in our area once

Where there was no talk about sin / repentance

A)Pastor concluded the service by saying now if you want Jesus to come into your life / make it better & brighter / assurance of Heaven/ raise hand


B) My friend was watching – said – probably 300 people raised their hands

1)   Pastor prayed that God would bless them – sent them on their way


C) No leading them in praying asking – sins be forgiven / No encouragement to forsake their sin – live for Christ – Just better life – Respond

2)   Who wouldn’t respond – yea I want a better life I will try anything /


D) Here is the Problem – 300 people walk out the door thinking they just became Christians / thinking on their way to heaven - /

1)   Continue to live the way they were Get radically frustrated when – their life doesn’t get better in the way that they were thinking  -


Sad thing is still lost in sin going to hell – but now have false assurance

3rd Jesus is the Central figure of our Faith

A)Notice how Peter describes Jesus  those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:


B) This verse affirming the DEITY of Christ – that He was fully God yet fully man

1)   He is the only one who could have been the Savior !!!! For man !!!


C) A savior is “one who brings salvation,” and the word salvation was familiar to the people of that day.

1)   In their vocabulary, it meant “deliverance from trouble,” particularly “deliverance from the enemy.”


D) It also carried the idea of “health and safety.” A physician was looked on as a savior because he helped deliver the body from pain & limitations.


E)A victorious general was a savior because he delivered the people from defeat.

  1) Even a wise official was a savior because he kept the nation in order and delivered it from confusion and decay.


It is easy to see how this title “Savior” applies to our Lord Jesus Christ. A)He is,  the Great Physician who heals the heart from the sickness of sin.


B) He is the victorious Conqueror who has defeated our enemies—sin, death, Satan, and hell—and is leading us in

1)   He is the wise official – who has showed us how to avoid living by the Confusion & Chaos – that marks the mindset of Our world



Lastly – Like Precious Faith -Why is it Precious

A)Precious = Beyond Calculation –it  is so valuable it is beyond Calculation


B) Word Precious is sort of an uncommon word today – especially among men / Precious – think – little light in Loafers / England – Ken / Brilliant

C) But Peter was a guy who used this word a lot/ Commonly & Uniquely

1)   Peter was a big guy – Big fisherman –Bally’s Gym -  Precious Blood/ Stones/ Promises / faith /


Why is it Precious Faith ? 3 things

A)1st Faith that Justifies

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


B) Faith in Christ – Justified – Declared Righteous – just as if never sinned

1)   Didn’t work for it – but believing in Christ the righteousness of Christ is imputed to me /transferred



2nd Faith that Sanctifies Sanctification, being set apart as God's own possession. – From the World to the Lord 


1John 5: 4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


A) The word faith – comes from the same root word to believe – to cling to, to trust in & to rely upon

1)   Faith keeps me abiding in Christ / pressing into Christ / drawing near to Christ /


B) The more that we do that – we are inviting the H.S. to do that work of transforming us to be Like Christ                    


Michelangelo, the great sculptor and painter, was pushing a heavy rock up a small incline to his work area so that he could do some sculpting. A neighbor watched him for over an hour as he worked to get this rock in place. Finally he asked, "Michelangelo, why do you labor so hard over that ugly, heavy piece of rock?"

   Michelangelo said, "Because there is an angel inside that wants to come out."

3rd Faith that Glorifies    This is the Ultimate end of our faith / that one day either in death of in Rapture – Leave earth go to heaven

A)We are going to see Jesus - & we are going to be like Him


B) In 2Cor. 4,5  Paul talks about how these bodies for this earth – New Bodies for the next one – Spiritual Habitation


16Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.


C) 1 Cor. 15 - This mortal is going to put on Immortality –


2 Cor. 5

1For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

6So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.


Precious Faith – Justified / Being Sanctified / Shall Be Glorified