In this week’s lesson we are digging deeper into Peter’s argument for sound doctrine as the best weapon against the false teachers who will attempt to lure believers away from the security and assurance found only in the truth of God’s revealed Word. Last week we looked at his warning about the motives and methods of the false teachers; this week we will see three examples of God’s power and sovereign grace to rescue his people while punishing the ungodly with his holy and righteous judgement. In this passage, Peter is making the point that God judges those who oppose him (the false teachers) and protects those who love him. Continue reading →
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 →
Yesterday we concluded our study of Acts of the Apostles. Luke ended with Paul in Rome, a prisoner, but with a great degree of freedom. Paul would write four epistles during this time of imprisonment: Philemon, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians. The time period would be approximately 61-63 AD, just a few years before the Jewish revolt that would lead to the destruction of the temple, and the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant.
We saw how Paul was focused continually on Christ and His atoning work for our salvation. He lived only to preach Christ, constantly using every opportunity to bring souls to believe in him. Continue reading →
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 →
We finished through chapter 26, next week will be our last class! I marvel at how much I have learned about Paul, how I see him and the other apostles through a different lens. I have a different understanding of the epistles, with Acts giving us the storyline and the epistles being plugged in, filling in the details. Stephanie and others remarked about what a brilliant man Paul was, not just through education, but through a gifted mind. I have heard it said that Paul was not a great speaker nor was he attractive physically. I cannot imagine a greater preacher, one who knew of what he spoke, or knew of WHOM he spoke.
We saw how Paul was charged by the Jews, more specifically the Sadducees, with being a political menace, a religious heretic, and having desecrated the temple by bringing a Greek into the temple courts, beyond the Gentile court. Continue reading →
With this passage, 1 Peter 5:8-14, we come to the end of I Peter. Peter finishes his letter to the “elect exiles” warning them about their greatest enemy, who is ultimately behind all suffering for Christ. He exhorts them to remain firm in their faith and encourages them with God’s sure promises. This thought causes him to break out into a doxology of praise.
In his final words, he reveals the courier of his letter and a clue about where he was when the letter was written. He ends with a short exhortation and blessing for all who are in Christ. Continue reading →
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.”Continue reading →