- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Peter 1
2 Peter addresses a challenge that the first century Christians faced — the second coming of Jesus. The false teaching appeared among them and the uncertainty about Jesus’ return began to influence their belief and behavior. The false teachers challenged the inspiration of Scripture and reliability of prophecy. The author of the 2 Peter defended the Christian message that had handed down from the apostles.
Chapter 1 began with greeting, identification of author, and description of Christian life.
Growing into maturity (3-11) — God calls us by God’s own glory and goodness to divine nature in the world. Our response is to grow mature in faith and behavior, “make every effort,” “be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.” This growing process is called sanctification.
Prophecy of Scripture (12-21) — Remembrance is important part of living in faith, remembering Jesus Christ and his life, teaching, death and resurrection, and remembering the prophets, apostles’ teaching. The author reminded the reader of Transfiguration of Jesus on the Mountain top (Matthew 17:1-13), to validate the truth of his teaching as eye witnessed, and the return of Christ. He exhorted the reader to stand on the truth of prophecy in the Scripture that was written by men with divine inspiration, carried along by the Holy Spirit.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.