God’s established Word!
Scripture reading for November 27th: 2nd Peter 1:1-21
Peter’s final letter in the Bible was written to encourage believers in the church to grow in their understanding of Christ. The church of that time was being attacked by false teachers who brought in destructive heresies and practiced immorality. By knowing Christ and His Word, the church would be able to stand firm against this attack from within. These instructions are needed today in our time and culture as well!
“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: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2nd Peter 1:1-3)
Peter’s introduction reveals his humble servant’s heart. Although Peter was one of the leaders of the apostles, he thought of himself as a servant first of all. He understood that righteousness was the result of faith in Jesus Christ and a gift from God to all who believe. He knew that faith came by hearing the word of God and that knowledge of God came from the word of God.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to you faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 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.” (2nd Peter 1:5-8)
Growing in faith requires discipline and study of God’s word with application. There are many qualities here that come from true knowledge of Jesus Christ. These traits develop as we purposely seek to add them to our life and invite Christ to live in us and use us. Peter explained to the church that he had first-hand knowledge of Christ and was an eye-witness of His Glory at the transfiguration. The church now has the word of Scripture passed down by the prophets and apostles. We must pay attention to it to gain our knowledge of Christ! It is a light shining in a dark place! (2nd Peter 1:19-21)