2 Peter: The Glory of Jesus

Relevant reading: 2 Peter 1:16–18

After reviewing the key themes of 2 Peter, Ken explores the implications of Christ’s transfiguration for our present lives.

Second Peter warns us against counterfeit teaching that appeals to our worldly desires. Instead, we should set our faith on the glory of Christ.

Peter himself witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus, in which the glory of Jesus shone forth. There Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah about His coming “exodus” through His death (Luke 9:30–31). Peter wants us to know exactly who Jesus is so that we will respond accordingly.

Jesus is the radiance of the Father’s glory, the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3), the Creator of all things, in whom all things hold together (Colossians 1:16–17). He is full of the glory Peter witnessed at the transfiguration. But even more significantly, He is the one who chose the way of suffering on the way to that glory. He is the one whose cross preceded His crown.

Therefore, we should look to Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith. Seeing His glory, we ought to take up our own crosses gladly and follow Him on the same path that He took, so that we may be with Him and be like Him on the day of His coming.

In this way, as we proceed through the adversities of this life, we can gain a sense of clarity, hope, purpose, meaning, and longing for His coming.

Watch part 6 of the series on 2 Peter. This teaching normally takes place Monday nights but is being taught virtually during closings related to COVID-19.

2 Peter: The Glory of Jesus

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