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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Relationship with God the Holy Spirit — What Do We Learn from 2 Peter about the Holy Spirit?

01 Dec

There are two ways of approaching the doctrines of the Scriptures. One way is to collect all the data throughout the Bible into logical categories (called “systematic theology”). The other way is to work through individual books of the Bible, collecting the data on a particular subject (this is called “biblical theology,” although the term is used in other ways in less than conservative circles). When we ask, what does the epistle of 2 Peter say about God the Holy Spirit, we are taking a kind of biblical theology approach. Our conviction in these posts is that, while some believers overemphasize the Spirit, others overlook Him. We want to do neither, but long to have a balanced view of the Third Member of the Trinity.

What do we find when we unit-read (read straight through at one sitting) the epistle of 2 Peter? We find that there are several significant references to God the Holy Spirit:

Ch. 1– Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
We have several “binitarian” references here (places where the Father and the Son are mentioned, but not the Spirit of God).

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Here we also have no reference to the Spirit.

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Here is a clear reference to the Spirit of God. He “carried along” the biblical writers so that what they wrote was what God wanted written.

Although there are no further references to the Spirit of God that I can see in 2 Peter, His work in the prophets was crucial.

Praise God the Holy Spirit for His ministry of inspiration and preservation of the Word of God!

 

 

 
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