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2 Peter

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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Posted November 15, 2013 by neatnik2009 in 1-2 Peter, Guide Posts K-Z

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Grow…In Knowledge   2 comments


Above:  Ocean Surf, Circa 1907

Published and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source =  Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D4-70213



The Wesleyan Christian Advocate was the news organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Georgia.




2 Peter 3, 18

1.  Growth is characteristic of all life.  Arrested growth is the beginning of death.  This is a universal law.

2.  The mind of man is capable of constant growth in knowledge.  It has no deadline beyond which it cannot learn something more.  This is especially true of the Christian.  His grasp of spiritual things does not relax.

3.  Religion is a vast ocean no one can fully know.  Its treasures are exhaustless.  There is a constant thrill to him who presses on to “know Him and the power of his resurrection,” etc.  (Phils. 3, 10)  Jesus Christ is the object of our quest.

4.  How know more of Him?

(1)  By studying His word.  There we see Him display His power, hear His wisdom, and see His Divine nature.

(2) By use if the means of grace.  There we meet Him in personal contact.

(3)  By knowing what He is doing in the church today.  The religious press is a means of grace to those who use it wisely, and ought to have a large place in one’s education.  Read good books and our [those of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South] own periodicals.  No house should ever be without the Advocate.


Growth in Grace   1 comment

2 Peter 3, 18

1.  Citizenship in the kingdom of grace begins with the new birth.  Men are not Christian till born anew.  Let no one minify this gracious experience.

2.  But they are “babes in Christ.”  Not all of life; only its beginning.  Hence it is their one business to grow; this the Christian’s normal sate; sure to follow with the healthful soul.  The cradle is for the very young.  This growth is without termination.

3.  Arrested development is abnormal.  It indicates something seriously wrong.  There may be positive sin; maybe pure neglect of soul-care.  We should feel alarmed if we are not making progress.  Of course there are differences in spiritual life and progress; but growth is the test.  How many are no stronger nor holier than when they first believed, but really have lost ground?

4.  Are we growing less sinful and more holy?  Do we know more of Him and are more like Him?  Are we seeking the things that conduce to our growth?  One eternal progression is before us.  Do we press forward to attain unto it?  More love to Him!


Emboldened to Sin by Long-Suffering   4 comments

Ecc. 8, 11

1.  Man is in a state of trial and is free to obey God or to sin.  He does one or the other and of his own choice.

2.  Though free, he is under law that has a penalty–obey & live, transgress and die.  Every evil deed & work unrepented of shall be punished.

3.  Because God does not take speedy vengeance, men sin or set their hearts, thinking God disregards evil.  Abuse his goodness by further good.   What can become of one who sins against his only hope of salvation?  They think God, like man, will by delay forget the offense.

4.  To set one’s self to don evil is veritable folly.  See Ps. 50, 21-22; Isa. 26, 10-11; 2 Peter 3, 3-11.  His word abideth forever.  “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

5.  God gives ample time to repent.  He can afford to wait, but does not forget one’s sins.  He will repay.  One may sin one hundred times, but is not more safe.

It shall be well with righteous, but not so with the wicked.  He shall not ultimately escape.  Turn to him.