Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things,  ye shall never fall:”

According to Peter, you prove that you are of the elect (or born again) by fulfilling your calling. 

Peter reminds all believers how important the question is, of where you stand with God:

Peter had been called to follow the Lord as he was a fishermen.  He was one of the first to be called.

Matthew 4:18-20 “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter,  and Andrew his brother,  casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 

                                And He saith unto them,  Follow Me,  and I will make you fishers of men.

                                And they straightway left their nets,  and followed Him.”

Peter had been the first among the disciples that declared Jesus was the Christ:

Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said,  Thou art the Christ,  the Son of the living God.”

Jesus blessed Peter for declaring it:  “Blessed art thou, Simon…for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee,  but My Father which is in heaven.”

When Jesus spoke of His going to Jerusalem, and “suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and ….be killed, and be raised the third day”; 

Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him: 

Matthew 16:22 “Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying,  Be it far from Thee,  Lord:  this shall not be unto Thee.”

But Jesus would not tolerate any thought or saying which rejected for any reason,  the work the Father gave Him to do:

Matthew 16:23 “But He turned,  and said unto Peter,  Get thee behind Me, Satan:  thou art an offense unto Me;  for thou savorest not the things that be of God,  but those that be of men.”

       

He had been there when Jesus said “ If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Peter had been there when Jesus was transfigured before then:

Mark 9:2 “And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves:  and He was transfigured before them.”

After they had followed Jesus for almost three years,  Peter had told the Lord: Luke 18:28 “Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all,  and followed Thee.”

And Jesus answered him:

Luke 18:29-30 “And He said unto them,   Verily I say unto you,  there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children,  for the kingdom of God’s sake,

                            Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time,  and in the world to come life everlasting.”

He had seen miracle after miracle: the blind, seeing.  The deaf, hearing.  And even the dead, raised.

Peter had been there when Jesus was welcomed with “Hallelujah,  blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord;” (Luke 19:38) to Jerusalem.

Peter had been there when Jesus said, “there is one here with Me that will betray Me.” (John 13:21)

And Peter had wondered then, if it was him.

Jesus had prayed for Peter,  that his faith fail not.  Peter was impetuous, and did not really know the fears of his own heart,  yet….

Luke 22:31-32 “And the Lord said,  Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you,  that he may sift you as wheat:

                            But I have prayed for thee,  that thy faith fail not:  and when thou art converted,  strengthen thy brethren.”

And it did not fail, for though Peter denied the Lord three times;  yet when Jesus looked at him,  he went out and wept bitterly.   He stayed with the disciples,  and was restored. (John 21:15-19). 

How many times had Peter heard Jesus say to him:  Follow Me? 

How many times have we?

So now,  Peter, in his last letter,  is seeking to warn others,  thinking of his many failures.   

So he warns these believers, that though they do these things that he has written: 

You believe and are obtaining the promises.  

You use your faith to gain patience, knowledge and love; and you have done it in diligence.

Still, because I remember my failures,  so I warn you to faithfully continue to follow Christ.

2 Peter 1:13,15 “Yea,  I think it meet,  as long as I am in this tabernacle (body), to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;  

                             Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able  after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”

I encourage you to follow our Lord,  and not become weary or frightened, and “fall from your own steadfastness”. (2 Peter 3:17)

We will never be what we should be without passing through all the everyday trials of our lives,  with Christ.

Everything that comes to us has it’s place in the everyday happenings which God intends.    

They are all His lessons to bring us closer to Him.  So Peter writes:

2 Peter 1:5-7 “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue,  knowledge;

And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness;

And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,  charity (love).”

His way is always best;  though we can not see it, now.   

He will lead,  and be a shoulder to lean on in all we go through,  if we continue to follow His Word.

2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

 

                             

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