THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
|II Peter 1:1-11|
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours. 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine powers has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
|(Indicate verses used) What does Peter say is the source of our faith?
What is the source of grace, peace and godliness in our lives?
Peter talks about "knowledge of God" (vs. 2, 3, 8). Does he mean we: A. Have been introduced to God; B. Have an acquaintance with God; or C. Have a relationship with God? Please explain.
What is the result of our having "knowledge of God"?
After salvation, what actions can we take to "participate in the divine nature"? (vrs. 5-7). What happens when we take these actions? (v. 8)
What can be the negative results if we don't take these actions?
What positive results are there for taking these actions?
How can we make our "calling and election" sure?
What progression do you see in verses 5-7?
What do you think is the purpose of "the knowledge of God"?
* Servant and apostle
* Grace and peace be yours in abundance
* The knowledge of God; the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ
* Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance
* Godliness, brotherly kindness, love
* Calling and election
Peter wrote this letter from Rome, probably around 66 AD, two years prior to his execution under Emperor Nero. At this early date in the Christian church, there were already those to claimed (superior) knowledge (Gnostics). Knowledge comes to the surface right away in this letter. The (Gnostic)( professed they knew all about God. By implication, Peter is contrasting knowledge about something or someone with the knowledge that can only be gained through personal, intimate relationship.
As he continues writing in this letter, Peter gives apostolic truth about the future. The future, of course, is well grounded in the past as seen through prophecy and other Scripture. The past and the future are not in conflict.