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Lessons Learned, Lessons Remembered

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment

So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things (vv. 12-15, NIV).

Categories: 2 Peter

Confirmation

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (vv. 10-11, NIV).

Categories: 2 Peter

Pathway to Love

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins (vv 3-9, NIV).

Categories: 2 Peter, love

2 Peter Greetings

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (vv. 1-2, NIV).

Categories: 2 Peter

Outline of 2 Peter 1

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment
  1. Greetings
  2. Qualities of a Good Life
  3. Eyewitness to Transfiguration
  4. Prophecy is from God

Another Online Study Bible

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

2 Peter links here.

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Mark Copeland’s 2 Peter Resources

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

found here. Copeland has one of my favorite sites on the internet. His notes are so comprehensive.

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Apocalyptic Focus

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

The book of 2 Peter has an apocalyptic feel. It permeates the book, particularly in chapters 2 and 3.

Categories: 2 Peter, apocalypse

Overview of 2 Peter

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Found here.

Categories: 2 Peter, overview

Elisha’s Final Days

February 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Now Elisha was sick with a terminal illness; and Joash, Israel’s king, came to visit him. He cried over Elisha,

Joash quotes to the prophet Elisha’s own words to Elijah before he ascended.

Joash: My father, O my father! The chariots and riders of Israel!

Elisha: Quickly find a bow and some arrows.

Joash did as Elisha instructed and brought a bow and some arrows back to Elisha’s bedside.

Elisha: Now grip the bow tightly.

So Joash gripped the bow, and Elisha placed his hands over the king’s hands.

Elisha: Now open the window facing east.

So Joash opened the window.

Elisha: Now launch the arrow as far as you can!

So Joash drew back the bow and launched the arrow as far as he could.

Elisha: That was the Eternal’s victory arrow! You will crush the Arameans at Aphek! You will do more than just win; you will ruin them! (pausing) Here, take these arrows.

So Joash took the arrows.

Elisha: Hit the ground with them.

So Joash hit the ground three times and stood up. But the man of God became angry at this.

Elisha: You only hit the ground three times! If you had hit the ground five or six times, then you would have completely ruined the Arameans. But because you only hit the ground three times, you will only defeat Aram three times.

Elisha then died and was laid to rest.

The Moabite bandits used to storm the land every spring. It was expected by the people. During the springtime, while a group of men were out burying a man, they spied a gang of bandits approaching themThey became afraid, so they threw the dead man’s body into Elisha’s grave. As soon as the dead man’s body touched the bones of Elisha, the dead man miraculously came back to life and stood up.

This miracle, which is unlike anything else in the Bible, must have happened years after Elisha’s death if nothing is left but his bones. Obviously this demonstrates the amazing power Elisha must have had in life, if simple contact with his remains revives a dead man. The demonstration of Elisha’s power, however, is not the author’s primary intention as he records this story. This story is an illustration of what’s about to happen in Israel; a renaissance is coming through their king, Joash (2 Kings 13:14-21, The Voice).

Categories: 2 Kings, elisha, joash
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