1:2 – knowledge of God and Jesus multiplies grace and peace to us – versus the current heresies from false teachers.
2:4 – corruption is seen as being in the world because of passion. [Some information follows in diagram form]:
- Faith – accompanied with and supplemented by real goodness of life (virtue)
- accompanied with and supplemented by knowledge
- accompanied with and supplemented by self-control
- accompanied with and supplemented by ability to endure (steadfastness)
- accompanied with and supplemented by devotion to God (godliness)
- have in it a quality of brotherliness (brotherly affection)
- which leads on to Christian love.
If this exists and grows in you
then this knowledge of him hasn't made your lives complacent or unproductive –
by allowing us to know the one...
His Divine Power
- given through the knowledge of him who called us to/by his own glory and excellence
- by which he... [gave] all things pertaining to life and godliness
- His precious and very great promises
- through these promises you may escape from the corruption in the world
- (which is there because of passion)
- and become partners of the divine nature
- (Through him his promises are available)
- the knowledge of him is given (therefore see the effect)
1:10 – "endorsed by your conduct that God has called and chosen you" – for this God will open the gate to the kingdom of God and let you participate.
1:15 (:10-15) – the quotation for museums and books and memoirs etc. – this book was written after the bulk of the old folks had gone – when it was too late – it's a second-generation notebook logged back into the "as it should have been written" phase.
2:1-2 – heresy is denial of him. Loose living is a denial of his Lordship.
2:4-9 – if-if-if-if-then –
2:19 – for what overcomes a man – that he is enslaved to.
3:12 – holy living Spurs on the coming (and?) expresses our earnest desire for it's coming.
3:9 and 12 – hours in slows down? What is "the body" that maintains the balance to be? coming (he gives us more time) and right living there for hastens it. Cf. Qumran – steady and strict practice of the law hastens his coming.
3:14 – while you wait, work on right living and peace. And thank him for the extra time that others may respond as well – i.e. were living on borrowed time – so very casually!
3:17 – how to lose your stability – get carried away with lawless men – rather, grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus – who is Lord and Savior.
1:20 and 3:16 – private interpretation outside of the body – I wonder if whole sections of the body (e.g. UCC) can get led astray with what is essentially a private posting of Scripture and the sheer size of numbers fool them into thinking it carries the effect of connective influence of "the body". I wonder if the vulnerability of the small group makes such arrogance impossible, or at least holds the potential of cautioning arrogant self-assurance. For both large and small what are the correctives? What is "the body" which maintains the balance today?
1:8 – the test for whether knowledge of Christ has resulted in complaisance and non-productivity is whether that link set of life-aspects is in place in your life and is growing.
– it is the why of our celebration and the reason God is allowing more time for us (3:9) before he shuts it down.
– desiring that we all be on the road (3:9) not necessarily fully developed (to the measure of the stature and fullness of Christ etc.).
1:19 – Old Testament prophecy of coming of the son into our dark world shines like a lamp before the dawn – it is a lamp before dawn in our hearts as we wait for the new age (the word of the new age is hope to us).
Note – Philips’ translation is excellent and very readable here.