1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
knowledge : epignósis –> Feeds your heart and makes you humble
Other words of Knowledge used in bible : gnósis, ginóskó
Peace : Shalom in Hebrew , eiréné in Greek
Grace : checed in Hebrew, Charis in Greek
2 Peter 1:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
Time in the Garden of Eden
The Present truth at the Garden of Eden is
Not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
Time when 10 Commandments was Given
The Present truth when 10 commandments was given
To follow all 10 commandments
Even if you miss 1 of those 10 Commandments, you will be cursed
Time after Jesus Resurrection ( CURRENT )
The Present truth after Jesus Resurrection is
whoever believes in JESUS should not perish but have everlasting life
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Olive tree, fig tree and vine tree are happy on what God had made them to be.
Judges 9:7-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and cried out. And he said to them:
“Listen to me, you men of Shechem, That God may listen to you!
8 “The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them. And they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us!’ 9 But the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I cease giving my oil, With which they honor God and men, And go to sway over trees?’
10 “Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us!’ 11 But the fig tree said to them, ‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, And go to sway over trees?’
12 “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us!’ 13 But the vine said to them, ‘Should I cease my new wine, Which cheers both God and men, And go to sway over trees?’
14 “Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us!’ 15 And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you, Then come and take shelter in my shade; But if not, let fire come out of the bramble And devour the cedars of Lebanon!’
16 “Now therefore, if you have acted in truth and sincerity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him as he deserves—17 for my father fought for you, risked his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian;18 but you have risen up against my father’s house this day, and killed his seventy sons on one stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his female servant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother— 19 if then you have acted in truth and sincerity with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you. 20 “But if not, let fire come from Abimelech and devour the men of Shechem and Beth Millo; and let fire come from the men of Shechem and from Beth Millo and devour Abimelech!” 21 And Jotham ran away and fled; and he went to Beer and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
No shadow under Jesus ministry
James 1:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Two types of Foundations
1 Corinthians 3:10-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation withgold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles (phtheiro) the temple of God, God will destroy (phtheiro) him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Incorruptible in fire : gold, silver, precious stones,
Correptible in fire : wood, hay, straw
2 Corinthians 11:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted (phtheiro)from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Gold and Silver
Gold speaks of Righteousness
Silver speaks of Redemption
Tabernacle, outer side. Wood coated with Gold : speaks of God making us Righteous ( its a picture of all believers standing together ) ( wood speaks of humanity )
Foot of those Gold coated wood stands on silver : speaks of us standing on the ground of redemption
See others as Gold coated
Matthew 7:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
Wood, Hay and Straw
Isaiah 40:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people aregrass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
Grass : Normal People
Flower : Popular People
What is the Gold and Silver Foundation?
1 Peter 1:23-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because
“All fleshisas grass, And all the glory of manas the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 40:6–8
Relevant Verse about Grass
Jeremiah 17:5-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear[a] when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
What about Ministries which goes through Fire?
1 Corinthians 3:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Endures –> Reward
Burned –> Suffer Loss
Everlasting Salvation for Ministers of Burned Ministeries
Despite of Ministers bad foundation
he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire
Because the Salvation what a Believer ( One who Believes in Christ ) receives is an everlasting Salvation, which can’t be removed or changed by his deeds or actions.
Other Relevant Points
Everlasting Arms of God
Deuteronomy 33:27 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’
At the tabernacle, the outer side is grounded on to ARMS
Arms Implies the Everlasting arms of God
Arms of Redemption, thats why it is made of silver.
Don’t mix 1 Corinthians 3:16 into 1 Corinthians 6:15-20
1 Corinthians 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16 speaks about the Ministry
1 Corinthians 6:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”[a]17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your bodyand in your spirit, which are God’s.
Despite of what they are doing/done, their bodies are still the members of Christ
Glorify God in your body by having a healthy body.
“Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
I will bless you
Make your name great
You shall be a blessing
I will bless you –> Make your name great –> You shall be a blessing
5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[a]7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying,“In you all the nations shall be blessed.”[b]9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
Bruise : meaning in original Hebrew Language is , CRUSHED
When saw foresaw our Happiness, Healing, Joy, Health, Riches, it pleased the Lord to crush Jesus. Jesus being the Lords own arm. Shows Gods Love for us
Isaiah 53:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
Jesus is the Arm of the Lord
Isaiah 53:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
53 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
7 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Sin’s Advantage in the Law
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”[a] 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.
Law Cannot Save from Sin
13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded , grace abounded much more,
Romans 5:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded (pleonazo-increased), grace did much more abound (huperperisseuo – superabounded):
huper is a preposition
huper means super in English
perisseuo = overflow
E.g.: Natural , Supernatural. Overflowing, Super overflowing
Where sin abounds, Grace super abounds
Romans 5:20 Kenneth Wuest ( Greek Scholar )
“Where sin existed in abundance, grace was in super abundance, and some more added on top of that.”
Romans 6:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Dead to Sin, Alive to God
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Person who failed the most
Cried the most
He felt that He can never be the same again
Jesus gave instruction to Angels
Among all disciples only Peter’s name was mentioned. Why? Where sin increase, Grace super abounds.
Mark 16:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
“Feed my lamp”
“Tan my sheep”
“Feed my sheep”
Jesus gave him responsibility of a pastor to take care of the flock
Who denied knowing Jesus by cursing and swearing. Using the same mouth, now Peter was told to feed His lamp, tan His sheep and feed His sheep
Lamp : Baby Christians
Sheep : Older Christians
We know that all other disciples were also feeding lamp, but Peter was given the special honour
50 Days later on the day of pentecoste, Peter stood up and preached with the same mouth and 3000 people were saved
“Where (Location) sin increases, grace super abounds”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Thorn in the Flesh
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient (strength to defend or ward off ) for you, for My strength ( dunamis – miracle working power )is made perfect ( show itself most effective ) in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest (tabernacle/pitch a tent)upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities (weaknesses), in reproaches (insults), in needs, in persecutions, in distresses (stress, Greek word: being pressured in to a narrow place), for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The Thorn in the flesh means a messenger of Satan ( Its not disease in its context )
the power of Christ may rest(tabernacle/pitch a tent) upon me : God has pitch his Power over you.
Problem could be with your day to day living
Problem could be stress at work
Problem could be a failure
My strength is not made perfect in strength
My strength is not made perfect in talents
But My strength is made perfect in weakness
You are never so strong as you are consciously week.
Person who think that they are really strong, their faith is there, they are flowing..etc . The Lord is saying that they are actually week.
They are the brink of failure.
They might use Gods name but they are Self confident.
They have been believing the wrong things
Most people are so positive. We don’t have, but we pretend we have it.
God hates hypocrisy
God hates hypocrisy its because He loves hypocrites.
Pretending to be what you are not
Putting your best foot forward
At this situation, when Lord loves you, we never feel loved
Resulting in thinking that God doesn’t loves us in our negative
E.g.: That’s why the women of cannon
asking Jesus for a miracle
pretending to be a Jew
Jesus was silent
When she reveals her real identity and say “even dogs eat the crumbs that falls”
Jesus immediately says, “great is your faith”
Jesus wants to come in your gutter and love you there,
so that you really feel loved,
when you really feel loved for who you are thats when His power is able to take you out of you gutter to upper most ( from the gutter most to the upper most )
Its NOT thinking like
Insults will be there
Stress will be there
Weakness will be there
It’s a part of life
Doesn’t mean that the power will come / power will manifest when we think like that
If weakness alone will makes us strong, obviously the people were not strong
See Paul, He rejoices for it, He praise God for it, He thank God for it
when some one insults you, At the moment say “Lord I am a candidate for the super abounding disproportionate Grace. I receive that now in Jesus name”
This week I have a difficult exam, then say “Lord I thank you for the super abounding grace Lord”
Don’t look back on what happened
What happened is not God’s will. Because it happened, now you are a candidate for a disproportionate grace like no other person has
E.g.: Don’t look back on what happened on miss carriage baby
Abraham’s Disproportionate Grace
Grace : Unmerited favour
E.g.: Abraham was 99, Ishmael was 13, He can no longer function
Ishmael was born when Abraham was 86
Genesis 17:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty (El Shaddai) God; walk before Me and be blameless.
All these years Abraham know that God is Mighty God. When Abraham realised that He cannot produce a child anymore, God says I am Almighty God
First time Almighty God is used
El Shaddai means All supplying one, Almighty God
Disproportionate Grace Example
Example: Loosing a child years ago
Don’t look back on what happened
What happened is not God’s will. Because it happened, now you are a candidate for a disproportionate grace for a baby like no other person has
Your friends could have babies. But the one that receives Gods supernatural grace, Because you have challenge in that area, you will produce a baby has this
The favour of God
Like no other babies put together
Apostle Paul’s climax of all he was sharing about Grace
Shouted to the Highest Heaven and Lowest Hell
In Romans 8
Romans 8:32-37 King James Version (KJV)
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22
Negatives in life ( in all these things )
we are killed all the day long
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter
Paul’s Answer for above negative things
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us
We are not saying, sin that grace may abound
We are saying that life is such that just by your mere existence you are bound to fail here and there and its about how you view you failures
Our View towards sin
Many people are still bound by the past, “I wish I should not have done that”
Or if something bad happens, they will say that this happened because of the things which i did some time ago , thats how we view sin
Gods view towards sin
Lets see how God views it
God punishes sin in the Body of Jesus Christ
God cannot spare sin
Sin mush be punished otherwise God is not holy, God is not Just
God punishes all our sins in the body of Jesus Christ, thats how much God loves us
Is that’s all there is to it?
Because of the Cross, When Jesus Christ cried one word “Finished”
All the doors of Heaven that was closed, flunk open
Every door of blessing flunk open
The separation of the veil between God and man was torn us under
The same blood that tore the veil removed our sins for all of us to come in boldly
God looks at us with no sin on us, not that there is no sin in us,
God looks at us with no sin on us Because His Son has removed all our sins
And we can stand before God boldly. This is what Jesus Christ has done for us.
What happens to our sin then?
Something else happened
One door is open
God says “Where ever there is sin in your life, my superabounding grace and more on top of that will flow in to the area of your life”
9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
We can not worship God in the spirit of the Old Covenant
We can worship the Father with the Spirit of Sonship
Worship is all about the father ( When Jesus met the lady near the well )
New covenant is all about Grace
2 Peter 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
We get together in Bible study, to grow in the Grace as our first priority
Knowledge of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ is second