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2 Peter 1:10

Jan 12, 2020   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   2 Peter, 2 Peter (written), Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Writings  //  6 Comments

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 2 Peter 1:10 

Peter now says, “Therefore,” to highlight what he has just said in verses 5-9. He wants them to pay heed to his exhortation to ensure that his readers will live up to that which he has stated. In order to let them know that this can happen to anyone, he then says, “brethren.” This is the only time he uses this particular word in the epistle. Elsewhere, he says “beloved” or speaks of the “brotherhood.” In this instance, he certainly uses this more common form of address to show that all are on the same level and all are susceptible to straying if they do not pay heed.

Next, he admonishes the reader to “be even more diligent to make your call and election sure.” Here, Peter uses the same word for “call” that Paul does concerning Israel in Romans 11, the Gentiles in 1 Corinthians 1, and etc. It speaks of God’s invitation to all people to receive – by faith – His gift of salvation. This gift includes all of the blessings which accompany it.

Peter further uses the word for “election” which is the same that Paul uses when speaking of Israel in Romans 9 & 11, but also for Gentiles in 1 Thessalonians 1:4. It signifies being selected out of, and to, a given outcome. The calling and the election are like two sides of the same coin. The call is made, and those who respond are elected. Thus, when it is accomplished, one can speak of the calling and the election in the same sense – one leads to the next. Here, it is evident that both Jews and Gentiles are called with the same calling, and both are elected out of their respective people groups by the one gospel.

In saying to make the call and election “sure,” he uses a word which signifies solidity, and thus that which is fully dependable. This does not mean that a believer must do something to retain his calling and election. The context of his words in verse 9 speaks of a person who “has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” The surety, then, is not to keep the call and election, but to remember it so that there is no waffling in the certainty of the calling and election. In other words, it is surety of mind in position, not surety of position before the Lord.

Peter then says, “for if you do these things.” This is referring to each point that he mentioned in verses 5-7 where the virtues are named and are instructed to be supplied, one to another, from faith through to love. If the believer follows Peter’s words of instruction there, he says “you will never stumble.” The Greek is more emphatic, saying something like, “never not shall you stumble at any time.”

The word translated as “stumble” is used just five times, by Paul once, James three times, and finally this last time by Peter. It does not signify a loss of salvation, and such an idea cannot even be hinted at. James says that “we all stumble in many things” in James 3:2. But even more, Paul asks whether Israel had “stumbled that they should fall” in Romans 11:11. His answer in that verse is “Certainly not!”

Peter’s words are given to show that by following his exhortation, the walk of the believer will be sound and sure to him because he is already secured in his salvation by the Lord. To fail to do as he has recommended will cause anxiety in the believer who has forgotten the very calling and election by which he was saved. Peter desires that they not stumble in such a manner.

Life application: As there is no change in God, we can know with all certainty that our calling and election for salvation are guaranteed and certain from God’s perspective. His decrees, of which our election is one, are unconditional in nature.

However, if we have called on the name of Jesus, and if we are truly saved by His work, then we should have the internal desire to reflect what occurred by our fruitful deeds. If we fail to act this way then it is we, not God, who are actually unsure if we are saved or not. The unfaithful but saved Christian goes through life ever questioning the salvation he was granted.

Every time something bad happens, he will wonder, “What did I do to deserve this? Maybe God doesn’t really love me.” Every time he does something inappropriate, he will also mentally ask himself, “I wonder if God will be able to forgive me?” Such an individual is like a small boat tossed about on a raging sea. He has no sense of direction and no sense of security in his own life.

If we are diligent in reading and understanding the Bible, we will have every surety of our call and our election. We will understand the nature of God, and that what occurred is complete and eternal. When the flock fails to dig deeply and often into Scripture…they must be bombarded by a continuous stream of self-doubt! It is the individuals, and in turn the congregation, who know and trust their Bibles that understand the great nature of the salvation given by Jesus.

Lord God, thank You for Your eternal and unchanging nature. By understanding who You are, we can understand our position in You – eternally saved and free from condemnation. Give us wisdom to diligently evaluate and understand difficult verses that can be easily twisted or misconstrued. Thank You for our eternal salvation; thank You for Jesus! Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Being one of those people that never read the bible and let others tell me what was in it. Yes I read the New Testament hear and there but it was like throwing water on a brick wall and watching it evaporate never really getting through to me. Then the lord sent me an amazing mentor..no sorry Charlie it wasn’t you, this was before the Internet ……wow did I just age myself or what??? Lol anyhow I made progress in the lords word even reading some of the Old Testament but at times thought I was a Christian in name only? Jumping way ahead with this, one day driving to work I was board to tears with the radio stations I would listen to and that is when the lord told me to listen to the bible. I had installed an audio bible on my iPod ( I have reached the Internet age) a few years earlier but never really listened to it at any length. So I started really listening to it on my drive to work and in short time it was all I listened too both old and new testaments. Today I listen to the bible, read the bible, watch people teach on the bible everyday and love every moment of it!!! This is where you come in Charlie. Your teachings on the Old Testament and showing us how Jesus is everywhere in the Old Testament just brought the whole bible together for me and removed my fear of not being able to understanding the Old Testament into an amazing search for Jesus in the Old Testament Amen Before reading / listening to the bible I was that boat being tossed on the waves rudderless and with out direction.but now I have direction , purpose and hope in the lord and the teachings of the bible.bottom line we can’t grow to love the bible if we don’t read/ listen to it everyday. It’s what gives us focuse, purpose and hope of life in a world that is being swallowed up in darkness and evil.. Being in the bible everyday is the most important thing we can do as it is our armor against the many deceptions that attack it with out end. Ok then I Will leave it at that, be in the bible everyday and you will have a strong rudder to Gide you through the troubled waters of this world. Amen amen and Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Hi Gordon
      I can concur with everything you have written. I grew up in a Pastor’s home and all I learnt in church was the ‘stories’ in the O.T – David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, ‘The 3 Hebrew boys’
      Words cannot express my gratitude today for all that Pastor Charlie is teaching me about the Bible. I learned so much from the book of Numbers. I am now going through the book of Exodus and I am just amazed at the treasures in this book. For example, all my life I was taught that it was the death angel who passed over Egypt and killed the first born. Pastor Charlie has explained that was the LORD Himself who did this. Everyday I am learning so much. And you are so correct as our Pastor never fails to point out , The OT is all about Jesus. Now when I read it, I look for Jesus everywhere. I now have a love and appreciation for the OT that I never had before. There are so many churches in my country that still teach that the OT is done away with.
      However when it comes to money they refer to the book of Malachi.
      Thank You Pastor Charlie. I bless God for you.

  • good sermon today and good teaching here as well. We will not stumble!

  • Amen, and great explanation, thank you, Charlie! And AMEN Gordon!!!!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS, great comments today! Bless you all

  • Thank you all for your overly gracious comments. Hallelujah!

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