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   Either or “eye-ther”

   Both expressions are used to refer to the same (2nd. or second) Epistle (or letter) of the Apostle Peter, found in the New Testament of the Bible.

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   What then, is Peter’s¹ short letter all about?² His purpose seems to be most clearly stated in the first part of the last chapter (Ch. 3):

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“This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.   –II Pet. 3:1-2 (NASB italics, ours)

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      This will be a quick run-through of of an early morning reading of Chapter 1 (of 3) chapters that make up this entire letter recorded in the New Testament. Of course, per usual, we will number things–going straight through, not worrying about covering all the bases.

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   (1)  Peter identifies himself as an apostle and implies the right to say what follows. (1:1 ff)

   (2)  His audience: not a particular church or group, “those that have received the same kind of faith as ours.” (1:1) Don’t worry about the possibility you’re reading somebody else’s mail!

   (3)  Typical “old time” letter greeting (1:1 ff)

   (4)  Jesus has made “precious and magnificent promises” to true believers. (1:4)

   (5)  A progression of good qualities:  faith–moral excellence–knowledge–self-control–perseverance–godliness–brotherly kindness–love. A person who lacks, or forgets these qualities is “blind or short-sighted.” (1: 5-9)

   (6)  Spiritual check-ups are necessary! “be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you.” (1:10).

   (7)  Big things lie ahead: “entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” (1:11)

   (8)  Peter is basically reminding believers  of things “though you already know them.” (1:12)

   (9)  Peter is soon to die. “laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent.” (1:14)

   (10)  Peter and the apostles were eyewitnesses of “[God’s] majesty.” (1:16) What happened isn’t a made-up story.

   (11)  God-the-Father is “well-pleased” by what the Son Jesus did. And Peter, himself, heard God say this. (1:17-18)

   (12)  Hearing God speak (literally) made (to Peter) “the prophetic word more sure.”  So “pay attention”! (1:19)

   (13)  True “prophecy of Scripture” is not just “a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (1:20-21)

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   More on chapters 2 and 3 in a future post.

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   ¹ Some challenge Peter’s authorship of this letter, but the historic consensus is that Peter is the author here. Challenging that is not our purpose here.

   ² Consider this “gospel-lite.” It comes from a happy early-morning meditation. (I forgot to bring my journal.) Christians should continually examine Scripture to see what God reveals in His Word–comparing it, of course, with what He has shown others.