2 Peter 1:11

Monday, 13 January 2020

…for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:11

Peter now completes the thought he introduced in the previous verse. He had admonished his audience to be “diligent to make your call and election sure.” This was to ensure they never stumbled. Now he says, “for so an entrance will be supplied to you.” The words “for so” mean “in this way.” By doing one thing, the next will result.

From that, Peter then uses a word, epichorégeó, which means “to supply.” It is the same word he used in verse 5 when noting the supplying of one virtue to another. The prefix epi signifies “upon” or “on,” and it is used to intensify the next part of the word which is the word chorégeó. It speaks of leading a group of performers. One can see the root of our modern word choreography. Peter then further intensifies the thought by saying “abundantly.”

There is a rich and abundant benefit for following Peter’s admonition. Instead of being shortsighted, even to blindness, and then stumbling on the walk to glory, there will be a richness to the walk which is supplied to the individual even as he proceeds “into the everlasting kingdom.”

The word translated as “everlasting” speaks of an age. But it is not just an age of time. Rather it also speaks of the quality of life. As this is referring to believers, even now, HELPS Word Studies gives a sound explanation –

“Eternal (166 /aiṓnios) life operates simultaneously outside of time, inside of time, and beyond time – i.e. what gives time its everlasting meaning for the believer through faith, yet is also time-independent.”

The word is, therefore, better translated as “eternal” instead of “everlasting.” It deals with more than just time, but the better life in that time which is experienced by those who possess it.

Understanding this, and taken together with the thought of the previous verse which did not speak of a loss of salvation, but simply stumbling on the way to glory, Professor Salmond notes that Peter’s words here speak of exactly the opposite of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:15, where the believer is “saved, yet so as through fire.”

The one who fails to heed Peter’s words of exhortation will stumble, he may forget he was even saved, but he will remain saved but possess few or no rewards for his walk. But the one who heeds his words will not only be saved, but he will be richly supplied in his walk and when he enters “into the [eternal] kingdom.”

The kingdom is exactly the same thing that Paul speaks about fourteen times in his epistles. It is mentioned three times in Hebrews – a book certainly written by Paul, and then it is mentioned once by James, and once by Peter (in this verse) in their epistles. What is obvious is that the same kingdom is referred to by all three – Paul, James, and Peter. A kingdom is a dominion ruled by a king. In this case, it is that of “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The words are the same construction as the words of verse 1 where Peter said “our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” God is our Savior, and Jesus is our Savior. Therefore, Peter is noting quite clearly that Jesus is God. He is the Ruler of the kingdom, and thus He is our King.

Life application: Access to the eternal kingdom of Jesus is obtained by faith in Jesus. This was stated by Jesus and is repeated again and again by the apostles in the New Testament. Cherubim were placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were expelled from there. They guarded the entrance, ensuring that there was no access, thus keeping man from the Tree of Life. This was likewise pictured on the veil in front of the Ark of the Testimony –

“You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim.” Exodus 26:31

When Christ Jesus died on the cross, the veil was torn in two. This symbolized that access was restored to the Tree of Life through His torn body. The book of Hebrews explicitly says the veil symbolized His flesh (Hebrews 10:20). The book of John shows us that the ark was a picture of His sacrifice as well. Every detail of the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in Jesus. It is through Him that we obtain entrance into His everlasting kingdom. Therefore, we are wise to increase our knowledge of Him and His word now, so that we will be supplied “abundantly” with access into His eternal dwelling. What we put off today will affect what we receive in the time to come.

O God! Give us more of Jesus. Fill us with an ever-increasing desire to know Him and His mighty works. Open our understanding concerning the pictures and symbols of the Old Testament and how they relate to, and are fulfilled in, the New. May our eyes be opened to the marvelous fulfillment of these things in Jesus our Lord! Amen.

 

 

7 thoughts on “2 Peter 1:11

  • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 10:06 am
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    Charlie, many Christians say that they don’t believe in rewards, that they don’t even like the idea of rewards, that it is enough for them to have Christ. what are they not understanding?

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    • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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      I was typing a sermon today which deals with exactly this. Not rewards, but “what are they not understanding.” The answer is, they have never read the Bible. They heard someone say something and they went with it. We’re in a sad state when we can’t pick up the word, turn to 1 Corinthians 3, and accept what it says at face value.

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  • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 11:09 am
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    WOW I got Chile’s all over as I read this and the million watt light of understanding turned on in my head.
    John your comment got me thinking how for most of my life I have heard the same thing, they don’t care how they get there as long as they get there Even if it’s just to clean toilets? I have to admit I was kinda sucked into that view myself. I now see how selfish that view is. Its all about me and my position in heaven or better my trying to slip in the back door of heaven. I now see why wouldn’t we hope for rewards when we get to heaven? They show we didn’t sit on our hands while we were here on earth but in some small or great way we helped others to find their way to Jesus, we did the things that were good and pleasing to God and when we cross the Finnish line we will get our rewards for this. No sneaking in the back door but a triumphant entrance into glory to the words of Jesus saying well done my good and faithful servant!
    Charlie the tearing of the veil was another eye opening moment for me. I have read that so many times but never connected the dots of the entrance to eden and the wall between us and God. I really got Chile’s when I saw the connection and see that we are no longer separated because of Jesus. The only thing separating us from God is our selves. Thank you Jesus for tearing the veil and giving us full access to you Amen

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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    • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 6:03 pm
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      Thanks for your response Gordon. I heard about this resistance against the idea of rewards from a dear godly old Presbyterian believer back when I was first saved. I think that the teaching in 2 Peter is challenging me to have to admit that I’ve always been a try harder Christian to get it right. I have failed so often at implementing the virtues mentioned in this passage we are studying and yet I keep trying.
      I now think that it has to be by dying to self and to ask the Lord for these profound changes to be made in me. so, if I get to heaven and I’ve tried to change myself, it’ll be a giant bust and no rewards. But if I remember His great and precious promises that He will bring about in me, and if these qualities are in me and increasing!!!…then I will not be ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord, and I will be rewarded for adding to my faith these 8 traits that I could never work up in me without daily reliance on Him. Does this sound right?

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    • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 6:19 pm
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      bingo Gordon!

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  • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 5:57 pm
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    I concur with your wonderful prayer and I’d like to add something; help us to grow more and more to truly love this our Precious Awesome Savior who loved us so much that He died for us. Each day may we be truly im awe of HisStory, and love Him in awe and marvel!! We see His Hand in our lives each day He gives us, may we show Him how much we love Him and are thankful to Him. Charlie is great example!

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    • Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 6:20 pm
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      Other than the “Charlie” thing, Amen and amen! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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