2021 – The Others
2 Peter 2
Taking our Supplements
Last week, we sat at the divine banquet of 2 Peter. We discovered in the metaphor of a banquet that…
--We all are honored equally in our seating. When we look for our place at the table, we are seated at a place of honor; the same as the apostles!
--We tasted the appetizers of Sweet Grace covered in Glazed Peace.
--We enjoyed the main course of a God-like Life with a side of Glory.
--We enjoy all his rich promises for dessert.
We enjoy the banquet of His divine nature.
This morning, as we continue in 2 Peter, we have to ask a question. It is an odd question, in an odd letter. What is the nutritional value of the food at that banquet? What? We need to be concerned with our health. That was a lot of rich foods we ate at the banquet. Do we need to take any vitamins along with the food at the banquet? Seriously? I didn’t write the letter… Peter did. He brings up “supplements” after inviting us to partake of the divine nature.
2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, (the reason of the banquet) make every effort to supplement your faith…
We enter the banquet by faith. We believe, we know God has provided for us everything for a godly life. We trust in all his promises. We have left the poverty of the world, to live at the table in excellent glory. In the faith of baptism, we enter into the banquet. We have faith. Faith gets us into the banquet.
Now, Peter instructs us to supplement that faith. By the way, this is not a suggestion. Listen to how Young’s Literal translates this exhortation…
YLT 2 Peter 1:5 And this same also -- all diligence having brought in besides, superadd in your faith…
Super-Add! Super-add to the faith of the banquet, the following seven supplements…
If you like taking supplements, you are going to enjoy this sermon.
2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
Let’s quickly make sure we understand each of the seven.
Supplement #1: Virtue
This is translated with a variety of English words… moral excellence, worthiness, goodness. We add to our basic faith in the LORD Jesus, this idea of living an excellent life. Living a life full of goodness. Doing what is right. It’s the opposite of my #1 Life principle… If it’s stupid, don’t do it. Peter’s #1 life principle would be… If it’s a good thing, do it! I like Peter’s better. You are living your life taking the supplement of good-doing-things. You live in moral excellence.
Supplement #2: Knowledge
This is what I have been saying, as well. Theology is important. We go beyond knowing the basics of the Christian faith. We dig into who God is and how he works with us. We explore the death of Jesus with all its ramifications. We seek to understand the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We take our theology seriously. We commit to learning. We add knowledge by doing Bible classes as well as private study. Add to your faith, knowledge!
Supplement #3: Self-control
Temperance. It implies allowing wisdom to win over passion. It is the calculated Christian life. As we saw in Jude and will see again in chapter 2 of this book, there were those who advocated, “If it feels good, do it.” A saying from the 70’s. We use self-control as we interact with those around you. Be in control of yourself!
Supplement #4: Steadfastness
Or, perseverance, endurance. One of the qualities I most admire is long-term Christian faithfulness. Continuing to stay with your faith. Not being fickle. Not being on-again, off-again. Not allowing others to discourage us. Having the discipline to keep on keeping on is supplement 4.
Supplement #5: Godliness
The Greek word Eusebeia literally means “good worship”. I think we leave it there. Worshipping well. Offering to God a life of worship. Living on the altar. Staying on the altar. Praising God from the altar. Learning to be better at praising God. Add to your faith, well worship.
Supplement #6: Brotherly affection
The word is… Philadelphia. Brotherly love for each other. Maybe, this is connected to the previous one. Offering our good worship together with affection for each other. As we like each other we offer together worship to our God. We enjoy being together. We spend time with each other. We are connected to each other. We are involved in each other’s lives. We supplement our faith with affection!
Supplement #7: Agape
Agape love might be defined as… a deliberate desire for the highest good of the one loved, which shows itself in sacrificial action for that person’s good. That is what God did for us! That is what He wants us to do for the Other. Agape turns outward to connect in sacrifice to the others!
Peter says add to your basic faith…
Doing Good. Learning more. Staying in control. Being disciplined. Worship Well with togetherness as you offer your sacrifice to bless the others!
If you do this… check out verse 8. Here is the fun part of the sermon. Peter changes from a eating healthily metaphor to a garden metaphor…
2 Peter 1:8 For if these qualities (supplements) are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Garden metaphor works well. Your life is a garden. You plant each of the seven in the soil of faith. Your garden grows. The fruit trees produce fruit each year. The flowers bloom. The radishes… radish. Each year, your garden gets better. Every year as you nourish your life… you are more effective and fruitful!
I want to be effective. I want to be fruitful. I want to, ever, be better. These seven supplements are not static. They aren’t something that you master once and you have the rest of your life. Each of these seven can grow in a garden.
--In my Garden I do good… good fruit grows plentiful!
--The knowledge bush produces lots of knowledge berries.
--Self-control is mastered. I keep the bugs out. Those fruit flies that drive you to lose it.
--The discipline of my Garden. There are less weeds.
--The praise from my Garden grows. God appreciates my Garden!
--I share my garden in affection with you.
--The fruit of my garden is offered to the others!
When our life is viewed as a Garden, it changes how we live. We are patient. We are deliberate. We work to make our lives fruitful and effective.
Banquet metaphor to Garden metaphor… Then, Peter changes the metaphor…
2 Peter 1:9 For whoever lacks these qualities (seven supplements) is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins
This metaphor is ugly. If a person is just satisfied with the basics, if they are not growing, they will go blind. There is no such thing as a stationary Christian. If you are not growing – the garden – then you are digressing into blindness. Wow, when we stop giving attention to seven, we go blind!
I don’t want to go blind…
--I watch for opportunities to do good.
--I search for where I need to learn.
--I can observe myself to learn what triggers my anger.
--My discipline is constantly being watched over.
--I see how much God has done in cleansing me… My former sins are washed away. I continued getting better which makes my worship more praising!
--I see you as one who is loved by God and I love you.
--I see how God loves the other… I sacrifice for them!
I don’t want to go blind… I need the seven supplements!
Metaphors: Banquet – Garden – Blindness – Peter then uses a tripping metaphor…
NJB 2 Peter 1:10 Instead of this, brothers, never allow your choice or calling to waver; then there will be no danger of your stumbling,
There is a possibility that you could stumble. You could, possibly fall. There is a reality that says if you don’t pay attention to where you are walking you could trip. It is like running in a horror movie. Everyone who runs away from a monster, through the creepy woods, while looking over his shoulder… is going to fall and the lumbering monster catches up.
Never run in the woods while looking backwards…
--Look beyond what you used to do…. Keep watching for good.
--Never get stuck in what you used to know... keep learning.
--Never be satisfied with your mastery of anger… keep cool.
--It requires discipline to watch forward not backwards!
--Learn new ways to worship.
--Work forward in your affection for others…
--Be watching for the Others to do good!
You made a choice to accept the invitation to the banquet. Now, you must make every effort to continue to make that choice. Don’t, by fear, wonder out of the banquet back into poverty of the streets!
Metaphors: Banquet, Garden, Blind, Stumble – Peter uses one more metaphor to make his point…
YLT 2 Peter 1:11 for so, richly shall be superadded to you the entrance into the
age-during reign of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When we superadd the supplements to our faith, we get superadded into the reign of Jesus!
It is a container metaphor. We enter into the reign! The kingdom is entered by the gate of faith then assured by adding the seven supplements…
Peter was there when Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the Triumphal Entry. We participate in the Triumphal Entry into his kingdom!
--Doing good gets us superadded to the kingdom.
--Knowing God is an age-during pursuit!
--Cool enters through the gates
--It takes discipline to stay under the reign of Jesus.
--Just as Jesus was praised with Hallelujahs on his way into Jerusalem, we add our hallelujah!
--Sharing the kingdom with those we love.
--Offering sacrifice to show the gates to the Others!
I want to live in under the reign of Jesus. I add the supplements to my live to guarantee my dwelling in the kingdom of God throughout the age!
Let’s put all these metaphors to bed.
Viewing our life through one of these five metaphors is powerful! Picture yourself…
--My life is sitting at the banquet table with the LORD…enjoying his blessings!
--I am a fruitful Garden… ever growing, ever more fruitful!
--My life is about staying focused on Him. I see where he wants be to go.
--Traveling without tripping. Never looking back keeping our eyes on Him.
--Living under the reign of his LORDSHIP… I am a citizen of his kingdom… answering the call of my Lord.
2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith!
August 22, 2021
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