April 30, 2017
Eye Witness of His Majesty
2 Peter 1: 1-7 and 12-21
2 Peter 1: 1-2 “…To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:…”. Peter was an Apostle, with a close relationship with Jesus. What he is saying is that: because God is righteous and Jesus is our Saviour, we have been given freely a faith, that is of equal standing with Peter before God.
2 Peter 1: 5-7 “For this very reason, make every effort … ” Because of this, and everything else that God has given us (vv 3-4), we should be motivated to add to our faith everything in vv 5-7. (see sermon 23 April 2017)
2 Peter 1: 12-21
vv 14-15 “ I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. ” Peter knew that he was likely to be martyred soon and this may be his last chance to bring this message.
Peter had been transformed by the Holy Spirit from being aware of the truth but in hiding, to being able to declare the truth about Jesus (Acts 2: 1-41) and fulfill everything God had planned for his life.
2 Peter 1: 16-18 ” For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, ….” He goes on to declare that Jesus is the divine God. “but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty… “. Peter, James and John saw the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. So Jesus was not only a good person, as some people would say, but He is divine.
2 Peter 1: 19 “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. ” We need to pay attention to the Word of God and His Holy Spirit, which is like a torch shining through the darkness, until Jesus returns (the morning star), when there will be light everywhere.