Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 20

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In last week’s lesson, we studied Peter’s discussion of the apostolic witness to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This week we will look at how that train of thought flows into his discussion of the divine origin of Scripture. Remember, this is important to Peter’s readers—and to us—because of the false teachers who were—and are even still—infiltrating the church with subversive doctrines and attempting to woo believers away from the truth. Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 20”

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 19

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

This week in our study of 2 Peter we are considering the topic of divine revelation. In 1:12-19 Peter urges his readers to remember the truth about their faith and salvation, having just told them to make their calling and election sure; he then writes of the transfiguration of Christ, in which our Lord’s majesty and divine glory were more fully revealed to Peter, James, and John; and then he goes on to write about the more sure prophetic word, the Scriptures, which shine the light of truth into the darkness. Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 19”

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 18

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith … 2 Peter 1:5a

This week’s lesson deals with the consequence of last week’s passage. Because God’s power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, we are to give diligent effort to grow in all things that pertain to life and godliness. As Martin Lloyd-Jones teaches, “The Apostle does not ask us to do anything until he has first of all emphasized and repeated what God has done for us in Christ.”[1] Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 18”

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 17

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to Peter’s second epistle. Having spent 16 weeks getting to know Peter and reading his first epistle, we have reached a milestone in our study. This second letter was written by Peter only a couple (?) of years after the first with a different purpose and message for his readers. In the introduction to his commentary on 2 Peter, Michael Green writes, “These Epistles are written to two entirely different situations. 1 Peter envisages Christians facing persecution, 2 Peter Christians facing false teaching of a gnostic flavour (sic). The key-note of 1 Peter is, accordingly, hope; of 2 Peter, true knowledge. 1 Peter directs the thoughts of the recipients to the great events of the life of Christ for their emulation and comfort; 2 Peter dwells on the great hope of the return of Christ, so as to warn the false teachers and challenge the waverers.”[1] Continue reading “Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 17”