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Living with Truth    2 Peter 1:3-4, 10-21 (HCSB)    November 11, 2012


Introduction

       Many Years ago I visited a church member in the hospital. In the same room the roommate’s pastor came to see him. He asked me what church I was with and I told him Faith Baptist. He said well a man of the book. I did not understand what he said so I asked, what did you say? He said you are a Baptist, so I am complimenting you as a man of the Bible, You do believe the Bible don’t you? Then I confirmed, by saying Yes. This lesson title gives us the same opportunity to confirm the truth.

 

1.   Living with Truth . . Displaying Your Relationship. 2 Peter 1:3-4, 10-11

       A.   Display Your Relationship Through GodМs . . Calling. v 3-4

       3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him

       who called us by His own glory and goodness.

       4 By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the

       divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.

 

       B.   Display Your Relationship Through Your . . Confirmation of GodМs Call. v 10-11

10 Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble.
11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.


       I don't believe we need to flaunt this truth but just simply display it as a part of our calling and confirmation of GodМs call. It is interesting to share what we believe about the call of God to salvation. We have opportunities to confirm we know of the call of God in our life. It is sad that many people do not know we can have assurance about our salvation. I usually quote or show such a person what the Bible says in, 1 John 5:13.

It makes sense to me that God wants us to know we are saved and He wants us to go around with the evidence of our salvation. As the text says in verse 11 our entrance into the eternal kingdom will be richly supplied to us.


 

2.   Living with Truth . . Defending Your Testimony. 2 Peter 1:12-18

       A.   Defend Your Testimony . . Established in Truth. v 12-15

12 Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you have.
13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this ًbodilyٌ tent, to wake you up with a reminder,
14 knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has also shown me.
15 And I will also make every effort that you may be able to recall these things at any time after my

       departure.

 

       B.   Defend Your Testimony through an . . Eyewitness Confirmation. v 16-18

16 For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!
18 And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain.

      Do you like to give your testimony?  In the evangelism classes I have taken there is a time set aside to work on your personal testimony because sometimes that is all you will have time to give. Our testimony can be very meaningful to us but it can also be further established in our daily conversations so that it becomes more a part of our daily lifestyle. Simon Peter wrote in this letter and gave testimony of being on the Mount of Transfiguration and both seeing theLord magnified and hearing the voice of God. So Simon was an eyewitness and gave that as part of his testimony. No doubt unusual experiences and eyewitness events will make their way into our testimony.

 

3.   Living with Truth . . Depending on Inspired Scripture. 2 Peter 1:19-21

       A.   Depending on Inspired Scriptures the . . Prophetic Word. v 19-20

19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from oneМs own interpretation,

 

       B    Depending on Inspired Scriptures . . Propelled by the Holy Spirit. v21

       21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by

       the Holy Spirit.

 

    Do you have any questions pertaining to the validity of the Bible? I personally do not. I am a person convinced about the inspiration of Scripture. I believe our Bible is a prophetic word propelled into our world by the Holy Spirit of God as He moved n the prophets and Holy Men to speak and to record the words inspired by God. Our Bible changes lives. One of the reasons some foreign countries will not allow our Bible to come into their country remains their fear of itМs conversion power. y wife and I have the joy of living with Truth as we have Bibles all over our house. Amen? Amen!