2 Peter 1. Forum Discussion

Godly virtues

Peter does not waste any time getting to the matters that he wants to discuss in his second epistle. As a point of reference, 1 Peter was written in approximately 63-64 AD, about 30 years after Jesus death, and resurrection.

Approximately 1-3 years have gone by since Peter wrote his first epistle. According to tradition, Peter was crucified upside down shortly after he wrote 2 Peter. Peter’s second epistle is comprised of only 3 chapters. Peter gets right to business. He refers to himself as, “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.”

A bondservant is a slave. In some Bibles the word bondservant is the translation of the Greek word doulos, which means, “One who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master; a slave.” Other translations use the word slave or servant.

In Roman times, the term bondservant or slave could refer to someone who voluntarily served others, but it usually referred to one who was held in a permanent position of servitude. Under Roman law, a bondservant was considered the owner’s personal property. Slaves essentially had no rights and could even be killed with impunity by their owners.

Peter is trying to convey through his writing that he is utterly and completely devoted to serving Christ. What an amazing way to start a letter and what a positive example to us all that is!

Later in chapter 1, Paul writes:

“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,  and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,  and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:5-8.

Each of these is a Godly virtue that we can exercise, like you would a muscle:

  • Diligence in our faith
  • Moral excellence
  • Knowledge
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly kindness
  • Love

Peter tells us through the inspired word of God that if you have these qualities:

“They render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:8.

Taken together, the list of Godly virtues may seem big and perhaps even overwhelming. Taken one at a time, however, they are much easier to digest. Striving to possess these Christians virtues will bring us inner peace and make us better servants of God.

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Do you have any thoughts or comments that you would like to share regarding today's lesson?

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The scripture that really hit me during today's lesson was, "For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

To say it another way, if we do those things, and become even just a little better, we are still improving. And based on this scripture, we are fruitful and useful in God's eyes.

What could be more important than that?

Thank you for today's lesson. It made me want to focus harder on doing better at those attributes.

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What a great thought--that virtue is like a muscle that can be exercised. We should do that if we intend to grow to please Him. Thank you for this forum.

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Important that Peter did not follow fables or tales, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty (v. 16).

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Helpful

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Thank you God for revealing your plan for us! Help me to build on these virtues and turn away from sin.

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