2 Peter 3: The Day of the Lord Will Come
1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour through your apostles,
3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
4 They will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation."
5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,
6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Things to think about…
1.Is this a second letter to 1st Peter or a second letter to those referred to in 1Pet1:1, vs 1? We do not know for sure, he mentions the predictions of the holy prophets and commandments from Jesus and the Apostles; that scoffers will come. There is little to suggest he is referring here to 1st Peter. But again, we cannot know for sure. The point is that scoffers will come in the last days 'following their own sinful desires' and mock the proclamation that Christ will return, 2Pet 3:4. We are the ones who are Christ's representatives who live in this sinful world who proclaim His return. The most effective way to do this is by the way we live, as inheritors of heaven.
2.Many mock Noah's flood and judgement, 2 Pet 3:6. Another reason to believe Noah's flood can only be a global flood is simply because of the global context expressed here, that this same earth that now exists is 'globally', reserved for fire. I don't believe anyone in Christendom believes Christ's second coming in judgement described here by Peter is referring to a local fire somewhere in the Middle East.
3.'With the Lord one day is as a thousand years…, 2Pet 3:8. How many times has this verse been abused and pulled out of context. It simply means God has His own plans and will do it in His own time. God is not limited by time – since he created 'time and space'. This verse simply means that we should trust that the Lord will do what He says He will do, when He wills it to be done. In this case it refers to His return to the earth.
4.This earth and the heavens will be dissolved – even the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn, 2Pet 3:12. This will show an unimaginable amount of power in judgement. But the glorious promise a "new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells", vs 13. Hallelujah!
5.Finally a response by Peter to all of this future judgement – 'be without spot or blemish, be at peace, be patient…grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ', 2Pet 3:14-18. Sound advice.
6.The referral to the Apostle Paul's words is encouraging coming from Peter who was rebuked at one point by the Apostle Paul, Gal 2:11-14. Peter doesn't hold personal grudges to his fellow Apostle but simply acknowledges that his letters should in fact be considered part of scripture, 2Pet 3:16.
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For Cell groups
"The point of it all" – reading Micah 6:1-8.
1.If others were to describe God based on your character, how would they describe Him?
2.The hills, rocks and mountains were God's courtroom Micah says. They have seen the witness of Israel. Israel asks what would God be happy with, Mic 6:6,7. What is the irony of this statement that Jay spoke about on Sunday?
3.God the Father has paid for our sin by sending His son, our witness now is that we owe all to Him as Slaves for Christ. In what ways would you like to honour Christ over Christmas and in 2020?
4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season. Invite everyone along to these services!
1.Earthquake in Albania this week – 20 people confirmed dead - searching for people in the rubble.
2.Pray for people who are away sick or on holidays
3. Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.
4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.
5.Ministries as they finish this term– PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
6.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.
7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
8.Sunday's messages. "A Day like no other"" 2Pet 3 in the morning and Dr Ron Neller from Creation Ministries International – 6pm Sunday night.
9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
10.Church finances to meet our expenses.
11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1. Praise God for easing of weather - fire fighters getting on top of the fires.
3. Scotty Dunn had a successful operation – now recovering at home.
3.More people wanting to join as members at CBC.
4.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.
5.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.
6.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Aitchison group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.
3.Recharge Youth – Last youth Friday night for the year, 7pm – High Schoolers.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.
5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.
6.Final Men's breakfast – This Saturday morning 30th November. $20 7AM-9am, 5 ways espresso café, 600 Sherwood Road. Payment due.
7.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!" Invite a friend 6pm.
8.Recognition of service – To all our amazing ministry leaders, 15th Dec Axiom service – 6pm.
9.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.
10.Christmas Day service – 9:00am – Wednesday 25th December.
Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."
Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3