2 Peter 1:3,4 The Promises are found in Him


Intro: In our study last time – we saw where Peter tells us here in v.3 that all we need to enjoy life to the fullest / walk  in Godliness

A)Has already been given to us – not will be but has been given to us already – the minute we were born again


B) What has been given is found in the Knowledge of Him

1)   As well as thru the Exceedingly great & Precious promises


C) How many Promises are there ? if you consider every verse is a promise Over 30,000- Some look at it that way

1)   But we do know that there are 7,487 promises made from God to man

About Health & Happiness / Peace & Prosperity / Freedom/ security


D) Another book $3.00 investment – the Jesus person Pocket promise book

1)   Awesome little book that takes promises & places them into categories that go w/ certain needs that we have – ( Great little book)



Now here is the thing that I find very interesting is that most of the Promises that People claim for themselves & their family

A)Are based on an O.T. formula that is clearly seen in the Book of Duet. 11:22-28


22“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—23then the LORD will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. 24Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory. 25No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.

26“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; 28and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.

B) Now here is the formula – v.22 If you carefully keep the commandments / Love the Lord w/ all heart / walk in ways & Hold fast to Him

1)   If you do that – V.23 THEN – the Lord says Then I will drive out the Problems before you & do wondrous things in you / w/ you


C) So they follow this formula – If you Keep the commandments / THEN  I will come thru for You

1)   And we See that formula over & over again concerning the Promises that are in the O.T.


But there in lies the Problem: I like the THENS but the problem I have is w/ the IF’S 

A)If I love the Lord w/ all my heart / if I keep ALL the commands / if I WALK in all His ways / if I HOLD FAST to Him


B) This is where it breaks down for me – My problem is it’s Real IFY

    no matter how hard I try – I end up failing in one of these areas

1)   RESULT IS that frustration sets in – because I am not able to meet the conditions – I don’t always do the if’s


C) THEREFORE – I can’t expect to receive  the THENS – according to this formula -  So I fail miserably and I get frustrate


So ends up in Frustration – which shouldn’t surprise me – because that was the purpose of the O.T.  Old Cov. – all along – Frustrate me

A) Gal. 3:24,25 – Paul says The Purpose of the Law was to teach us a lesson to school us – to show us our need of Christ


B)To show us that we are not righteous/   that  we fail in the if parts

    Therefore we cannot enjoy the Thens because we fail miserably


C) And the Lord says that is all I want you to see – all I want you to understand – that you cannot earn blessing – salvation

1)   That you cannot keep a standard of righteousness - that qualifies you to

    receive the blessings that God want to heap on you and do for you

So O.T. promises follow this formula  If/   then -  But Paul the Apostle writes something there is 2 Cor.1:20 – Amazing

A)20For all the promises of God – Paul is referring here to all the Promises in the O.T. – the N.T. wasn’t fully written yet


B) So Paul is referring here to all of the promises that follow this If/ Then formula –


20For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.


C) CATCH THIS: Now it is not – If / then but yes and amen -  let it be


O.T. Promises  if / then – based on my performance – causes me to say – woe is me

A)But there in 2 Cor. 1:20 Paul says  all the promises are Yes  in Him

     kept by Him – fulfilled through Him and it is yes / amen- in Him


B) Instead of going woe is me – I say wow is He!  Jesus is Awesome!


C) Listen close: Tune in listen up – take heed-  Jesus has fulfilled all the ifs – in the O.T. JESUS loved the Father – perfectly

A) Jesus did keep all the commandments/ Jesus did walk in all his ways flawlessly – Jesus did hold fast to the  Father


B)Therefore the thens that follow are given to Him

1)   So wonderful – proud of Jesus – good for Him – happy – but what good

      is that to me –  - I fail miserably  - Listen 1 Cor. 1:26 

26For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen,  29that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—31that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord

Here is what this means to You & Me - You are placed in Him – everything – He has is yours- it is all available to you –

A)You have been placed in Him & He is in you by His Spirit 


B) So – when Peter says all things have been given …. Knowledge of Him/  Through Him , received exceedingly great and precious

1) No more condition – Now just a believing – available to me / embracing of them – walk in that reality- ENJOY


C)Wow- what a thought – all the promises of God – 7,487 are now available for me to claim – not based on what I do but He did

1)   It is all about who He is – the promises are linked to WHO HE IS


D) So what ever the need might be the answer is found in Jesus – Who He is what He has done / what He is still doing For us / IN us / Thru us

  1) Give a few Examples


NEED: Wisdom – Wisdom = Knowledge applied – it is the right use of Knowledge – it is Knowing the right thing to do at  right time

A young salesman walked up to the receptionist and asked to see the company's sales manager. Ushered into the office, he said, "I don't suppose you want to buy any life insurance, do you?"

 "No," replied the sales manager curtly. "I didn't think so," said the salesman dejectedly, getting up to leave.

   "Wait a minute," said the sales manager. "I want to talk to you." The salesman sat down again, obviously nervous and confused. "I train salesmen," said the sales manager, "and you're the worst I've seen yet. You'll never sell anything until you show a little confidence and accentuate the positive. Now, because you're obviously new at this, I'll help you out by signing up for a ten-thousand-dollar policy."

   After the sales manager had signed on the dotted line, he said helpfully, "Young man, one thing you'll have to do is develop a few standard organized sales talks."

   "Oh, but I have," replied the salesman, smiling. "This is my standard organized sales talk for sales managers.

Prov.3:13 Blessed  is the man who finds wisdom,& the man who gains understanding;

A)Blessed = Oh how happy is the man


PROMISE: Isa. 2:3 He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.”

Psa.32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

          I will guide you with My eye.


Fulfillment in Jesus = Isa. 9:6 Wonderful Counselor

A)John 8:12 I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”


James 1:5 5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


B)Life is full of lots of problems & Challenges / some complex

1)   We find ourselves in need of wisdom – Who do we go to where do we find it ? James says – Go to  Jesus is the Wonderful


Consider the traits of a good – Counselor – see if Jesus fits the role

A)1st important factor – He needs to be CLOSE & ACCESSIBLE


B) Jesus said – He would never leave us or forsake us – just a prayer away

1)   No secretary to call – no appointment to be made – FREE


C) He is never away on a trip – His ear is always opened


2nd You want to know that your conversation is going to be Confidential

A)You don’t want it to appear in the Church Bulletin – next week


B) Which means we can bring to Jesus our most intimate matters

1)   We have all had friends who have betrayed our trust – but we don’t have to worry about that w/ Him


3rd –want the counselor to be Compassionate & relatable

A)Helps when He has gone thru what you are going thru – My talk w/ N. the other day – spiritual attack – Suicide


B) Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are yet w/out sin - Sympathize


4th –Cognizant of us – He knows us / Knows what is best for us

A)In counseling – it helps to know some background –


B) People make recommitments – what happened


C) Listen to what John says – concerning Jesus Knowledge of us

Ch. 2 24But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.


D) Can’t fool Him – fool me / not Him /  Jesus knows everything about you & Loves you anyway – Mike at Augie's


5th – Want – Him to be capable – Worst thing to poor out your heart to someone – have them say – ( Wow that is too bad )

A)Col 1  3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge./ v.9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;



6th – Want Him to be able to Communicate

A)Prayer – Two way dialogue – His spirit speaks to our hearts


B) Plus He has given us the counselors manual for the human heart



C) With credentials like that – why would we want to go to anyone else


D) Question is are we willing to wait on Him for an Answer



Listen we can w/ confidence come to our wonderful counselor & Bring to Him the hurts / failures / the deep needs & aspirations of our lives

A)Prayer – of application – Wonderful counselor I yield my foolishness to your wisdom, my perplexity to your guidance, my darkness to your light, my future to your presence, my life to your way & your will.



NEED – Peace of Mind / Peace in the heart

A)Been said that peace is the most sought after commodity and at the same time the most elusive or treasures


B) French Historian : 3,130 yrs of war to 230yrs of peace


PROMISE Psa. 29:11         The LORD will give strength to His people;

          The LORD will bless His people with peace.


Isa. 26: 3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,

          Because he trusts in You.


Fulfillment – Jesus is the Prince of Peace

A)As prince all of the resources of the Palace are at His disposal – which means there are unlimited resources available to us


B) He has an abundance of Peace – Peace of God has nothing to do w/ the situation on the outside

1)   But everything to do w/ the condition on the inside


C) We are prone to want the Lord to Change our circumstances – but what He really wants to do is Change our Character


The Peace that Jesus supplies meets our needs in 4 areas

1st – Peace w/ God – Rom. 5:1

1Therefore, 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.

A)Justified – declared righteous -


Peace & righteousness go together – Isa. 32:17 7               The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.


Our Lord’s first concern wasn’t Peace it was righteousness – Peace at any price was never a statement found on his lips


Peace w/out Righteousness is victory for the enemy – false peace

Jer. Wept – Jer. 6:14 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.‘Peace, peace,’ they say,   when there is no peace.



A) Peace w/ God

1)   Access into presence – the veil rent


2nd Peace w/ in – To those who love Him / His very presence in their lives Brings peace – Rom. 8:1

A)Eph. 2:14 – He is our peace – not just something He gives – but it is who He is


B) Matt. 11:28 Come unto me ……. Rest


3rd Peace in the Mist of difficult circumstances

A) John 14:27 – Peace I give is not as the world gives - Phil 4:7 Peace that surpasses understanding


B) 2 Cor. 12:9 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.



      1) Storm – Jesus is at rest – we should be at rest

4th Peace w/ others – Paul called this in 2 Cor. 5 the ministry of Reconciliation

A)God doesn’t give us this peace so that we can just sit back and enjoy it


B) He gives us this peace so that we might plunge ourselves into the tangled problems of a needy world and share the peace of Christ w/ those

1)   who are at war w/ God & themselves & each other


C) He is our Peace – Found in Him – resting in Him/ Drawing near to Him



























NEED – Protection – You feel attacked on every side / Attacked from w/out – those who have misinterpreted your actions / Motives

A)Misunderstood your words


B) ATTACKED FROM W/ IN – Spiritual Oppression – the enemy and his forces are on your heals


PROMISE : Psa.91    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

  will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.


Psa.114 – Lord talks about being a Sanctuary  for His people



Fulfillment –Jesus is our Rock / Fortress / Overseer Advocate

A)Rock was a place to hide – David cave of adullam


Prov.18:10-         The name of the LORD is a strong tower;

          the righteous run to it and are safe.


2Tim.1:12 I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.


1 Peter 5 Overseer of our souls


1 John 2:1 – Advocate against the enemy -  











NEED – Strength & Refreshment

A)Busy week ahead – a lot on your plate / looking at the week past looking at tomorrow – HELP


B) Heavy trials going thru / struggling w/ temptation / feeling dry


Promises : Psa. 68:35 35     God is awesome in his sanctuary.

          The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.


Isa 40:31 those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.


Dan. 11:32 but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.


Fulfillment in Jesus – Isa 9:6 – Mighty God

A)Zech. 4:6 Not by might – Power to serve


B) Power to walk – Jude Now unto Him who is able ……


C) Power to resist Temptation  - 1 Jn 4:4 4You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


D) Power over trials – Rom 8:37 37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Refreshment : John 7:37 If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those £believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given,