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The Rock: Book 2 Part 3
Well, we are entering into the last chapter of the book of 2 Peter in our study of the Apostle Peter, the rock. Peter wrote 2 letters or epistles to the church, and we are concluding with the last chapter of the second letter. In this last chapter, Peter’s intentions is to stimulate the Believers and make sure they are mindful of what he had told them in his previous letter. Also, his endeavor is to keep them in remembrance of what the holy Prophets of old had prophesized and what the commandments were of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the words of His Apostles.
Peter’s first warning is to remind them that in the last days, there will be scoffers. A scoffer is defined as: “someone who laughs and speaks about a person or an idea in a way that shows that they think that person or idea is stupid or silly.” Scoffers’ intents are to make the goals about them and their personal evil desires. They question the truth of God with questions like: “Jesus promised to come back so where is He? And ever since our fathers died nothing has really changed since the beginning of creation.”
However, Peter said they refuse to acknowledge that God spoke the heavens into existence by His word and God formed the earth out of the water and surrounded it with water. Then, God used the water to destroy the earth with a mighty flood. But, by the same word of God, the heavens and earth that now exist are reserved to the day of judgment where they will be consumed by fire and all the ungodly shall perish. So, things have not remained the same and neither will they continue to be the same. So, we are not to be ignorant of God’s timetable.
That’s why Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” So, Peter emphasized in v. 8-9 saying: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Don’t you just love the Apostle Peter’s letters? But he encouraged Believers to be assured of this v.10: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
Knowing all these things shall be dissolved, what kind of lifestyle should we be living in preparation for the return of Christ as we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Because of this, we should be compelled to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; with the understanding that we are unprofitable servants, and all the praise and glory belongs to Him alone both now and forever. Amen!
I pray you have enjoyed and been enlightened through our study of I and II Peter written by the Apostle Peter, the rock. It is so important that we take the inspired word of God given to us by the Apostle Peter and apply it to our lives daily as we endeavor to meet the Lord Jesus Christ at His return. God bless! We’ll see you at the next ELC!
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