How to Be Sure You Are Sure
II Peter 1:1-10
Be finding please, Second Peter Chapter one. We're going to be preaching through this book, God willing, under the title, Authentic Christianity. And may I say today that Authentic Christianity is in short demand in many places. And many of God's people are confused because the devil does not deny Christianity nearly so much as he wants to corrupt it. The devil is a peddler of counterfeits. And therefore these are dangerous days, and there are devious disciples, and there are damnable doctrines that are being taught. And as a pastor, as a leader of this congregation, I felt that it would do us good to study through Second Peter, because authentic Christianity, in my estimation, is what Peter is talking about. And today for our message, I want to be talking to you on this subject, how to be sure you are sure.
Now look, if you will, in verse ten. Look at it. He says here, ''Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.'' You ought to be absolutely certain about some things. A Christian ought not to be a question mark with his head all bent over. He ought to be an exclamation point. You ought not to be a doubting Christ, you ought to be a shouting Christ. You ought not to be a ''hope-so'' Christian, you ought to be a ''know-so'' Christ. You ought to make your calling, an election sure. Now, let's back up to verse one and see who it is that's writing to us.
What we have here is a letter from Simon Peter. ''Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ.'' This is a letter therefore, from Simon Peter to the brethren. And I like the name Simon Peter. Simon was his name before he was saved. Peter is the name after he's saved. The word Simon means unstable. Remember Jesus said, ''Simon, Satan ...
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