Welcome to our online Bible study on 2 Peter!
— Read: 2 Peter 1 —
During a premarital counseling session with the pastor who officiated our wedding, the pastor looked at Jeff, my soon-to-be husband, and said, “In marriage you are committing yourself to being a student of Denise for the rest of your life.”
I thought that sounded strange. It would have made more sense if the pastor had said “You are committing yourself to loving Denise for the rest of your life.”
But the pastor explained that marriage is a lifetime of learning about your spouse — learning all the little details and idiosyncrasies that make your spouse unique.
When I heard the pastor’s explanation, something quieted inside me. I think my soul exhaled. What a beautiful picture of marriage. Marriage is the covenantal context where someone wants to learn as much as they can about you and live each day loving you for who you really are.
Then the pastor turned to me and said the same thing. In marriage I am committing myself to be “a student of Jeff for the rest of my life.”
The same is true about God.
If we say we love God, then we commit ourselves to learning about Him every day for the rest of our lives. And the only way we can do that is through our devotion, through the daily study of His Word.
That’s what being a disciple means…being a student of God.
In the first chapter of Peter’s second letter, we see he uses the phrase “in the knowledge of [God]” three times (1:2, 1:3, 1:8). And Peter finishes this section by reminding his readers that he saw Jesus with his own eyes and heard Jesus with his own ears. And yet, Peter says we have the prophetic word, inspired by the Holy Spirit…meaning, the Word of God.
“[W]e have the prophetic word…knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21)
We may not see Jesus with our physical eyes or hear him with our physical ears, but we do have the Holy Scriptures.
And the way we show our love for God is to grow in the knowledge of him.
— Diving Deeper —
Do you liken “being a disciple” with “being a student of God”?
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