Last Words November 20-24
When Peter wrote his second letter to the early church from a prison near the Roman Forum, he knew that Nero was going to have him executed. Knowing these would be his final words to the church, Peter packed the letter full of passionate words of encouragement and of warning. He encouraged them to remember all the promises of Jesus. He exhorted them to “make every effort” to live in obedience to Jesus’ commands, to love others as He loved, and to grow in holiness. Living in this manner would be a testimony to Whom they belonged and worshiped, and an assurance of their eternal destiny. He closed his letter with the declaration for them to continue to grow in grace and knowledge of Christ—beneficial words for us today.
Day 1 2 Peter 1:1-11
Reflect: What has been given every Christian and for what purpose? What things did Peter want the church to “make every effort” to do? Why? About what was he most concerned?
Apply: What are some of God’s great and precious promises that inspire and help you to live a godly life? What has most helped you to escape the corruption of the world?
Pray: Jesus, You have given me all that I need for a godly life. In Holy Spirit power, help me be diligent and disciplined in my Christian walk and encourage others in their faith.
Day 2 2 Peter 1:12-21
Reflect: Why is remembering such an important spiritual activity? What did Peter imply are the three ways that truths about Jesus were given? Why does this matter?
Apply: Why is it easy to forget what God has done for you? In daily life, what can you do to be frequently reminded of God’s truths? When has God used you to speak truth?
Pray: Father, thank You for Scriptural prophecy, foretelling what will happen, so we believe. Your Word shines light in the dark places of life. May I stand firm on the Word of truth.
Day 3 2 Peter 2:1-11
Reflect: How does Peter describe false teachers? How do they destroy people and churches? What are some of their messages and their consequences?
Apply: What kinds of false teachings seem to be attacking Christianity around the world? In the church? Your family? What can you do to help protect yourself and others from it?
Pray: Father, give me wisdom and discernment to recognize and reject “teachers” who or present a watered-down gospel that deceives its hearers. Help me to be strong and courageous in standing up for the truth of the gospel.
Day 4 2 Peter 2:12-22
Reflect: What is Peter’s purpose for going so deep into the topic of false teachings and leading others astray? Which of his words stir you the most? Why?
Apply: What are some of the first signs that someone is a false teacher? To what are you a servant or slave (v.19)? What tends to lead you astray?
Pray: Father, Your word gives many warnings of false teachers who cause such devastation in the Church. Let us know, share and live the truth, prepared to confront false teaching with wisdom and compassion.
Day 5 2 Peter 3:1-18
Reflect: Considering Peter knows these are his last words (see v.1:14), what would you say are his most important teachings about God and how we are to live?
Apply: Describe your efforts to be found living a peaceful life that is pure and blameless in Jesus’ sight. What would Peter write to you about? Is there someone you need to help?
Pray: Lord, You have given me all I need to live a godly life in the times in which I live. I want to be grounded in Your Word, to hold lightly the things of this world, and draw ever closer to You.
Put It Into Practice!
Week 9: Last Words
Ask God to increase your: memory of His truths; obedience to Him; love for Him and others; and discernment of lies of the enemy. Read Jesus’ last words and check your obedience to them.