2 Peter – Chapter 3

Mocking in the Last Days

Verse 1 – Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

Verse 2 – that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

Presumable the previous letter was 1 Peter, reminding his readers not to forget his teachings they had received through the prophets and apostles.

Verse 3 – knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

Verse 4 – and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

“The last days” is the time between Christ’s first and second coming. Scoffers and mockers are more than someone just making fun of a Christian believing that Christ will return. It’s stronger than that. These are people that live their lives never giving any thought to Christ or that one day they will answer for all they have done in this life. It is also those who are determined to discredit and disgrace anyone that is a Christian that might get in their paths. They have no idea what the prophets or the apostles said about what will happen when He returns.

Verse 5 – For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

Verse 6 – by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

To those who think this world will always continue are ignorant of the fact that the earth was once destroyed by water, by the Word of God!

Verse 7 – But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Meaning: Dependent solely on the will of God! The laws of nature have no stability independent of His will, and at His pleasure all things could be reduced to nothing.

The first time the earth was destroyed, was by water. The second time will be by fire. (Fire purifies) When the earth was destroyed by water, it was because of the wickedness of the inhabitants. the same reason will be at the second destruction, the wicked will be destroyed.

Verse 8 – But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

What seems to be a long time to us is but a brief time to God. In the infinity of His own duration there is abundant time to accomplish His designs, and it can make no difference with Him whether they are accomplished in one day or extended to one thousand years. God is outside of time.

Verse 9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Aren’t you glad that the Lord waited on you to come to Him? I sure am!

Verse 10 – But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

God’s patience toward sinners is not inexhaustible. The Day of the Lord will be sudden and will catch many people unprepared, as when a burglar sneaks in and robs a house. Matthew 24:42 – “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”

Verse 11 – Therefore, since all things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

Verse 12 – looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

Verse 13 – Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Not knowing when this will occur, we should live in the expectation that it could be any moment. Should that alone not cause us to live holy lives? Think of it this way: What do you want to be caught doing when Christ returns?

Verse 14 – Therefore, beloved, looking to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot or blameless;

Verse 15 – and account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation – as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

Verse 16 – as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

Without proper learning abilities, some that don’t understand Scripture, tend to pervert it. The way to remove error is not to perpetuate ignorance, it is to enlighten the mind, so that it may be qualified to appreciate the truth.

Verse 17 – You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

Verse 18 – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Chris. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

The best step in refuting false teachers and false doctrine is to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. No matter where we are in our spiritual growth, the sinful world will always challenge us in our faith.

 

 

2 Peter – Chapter 2

The Danger of False Teachers

Verse 1 – But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

Do you know how to tell a false teacher or preacher is not teaching the true gospel? Know your Bible so well that the moment you hear or read something, your spirit is unsettled. You will instantly know, “That’s not true!”

Verse 2 – And many will follow their destructive ways because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

Verse 3 – By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Peter is talking about teachers that only teach what the people wanted to hear, in order to gain wealth. These teacher’s conduct was as corrupt as what they had been teaching. They may sound sincere at first, but if people don’t know the word of God and don’t have His Spirit, they will fall for their false teaching.

I think the biggest lie that is being taught today is that sin doesn’t have to be repented for. Sin is glossed over in the churches as a “mistake” instead of being called what it is – sin. If there is no sincere repentance there is no transformed life.

Verse 4 – For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

Verse 5 – and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing the flood on the world of the ungodly;

Verse 6 – and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

Verse 7 – and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked

Verse 8 – (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day-to-day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) –

Verse 9 – then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

Verse 10 – and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous self-willed; they are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,

Verse 11 – whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

If God did not spare the wicked people before the flood, or the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, He will not spare false teachers!

There are many today, as was then in ancient days, that don’t believe in the “supernatural.” They don’t believe that demons can and do possess people.

However, all through the Bible people were possessed and evil spirits consumed people’s thoughts and behaviors. Any teacher or preacher that teaches that God is so loving that He will overlook ad accept any kind of behavior, is delusional themselves. God does punish sin, and sin is clearly defined in Scripture.

Verse 12 – But these like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption,

Verse 13 – and will receive wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes carousing in their own deceptions while they feast on you,

These false teachers were slandering celestial beings that they did not understand, taking Satan’s power lightly and claiming to have the ability to judge evil. Same as today, many mock the supernatural. They deny the spiritual world and say what only is seen or felt is real. some don’t believe Satan is even real.

Verse 14 – having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.

Verse 15 – They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

This is in reference to using religion for personal gain and achievements.

Verse 16 – but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.

Balaam was hired by an evil pagan king to curse Israel. He did what God told him to do for a time, but eventually his evil motives and desire for money won out. One day Balaam was beating his donkey and the donkey rebuked him and in no uncertain terms told Balaam that Israel was God’s people.

Verse 17 – These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved forever.

Verse 18 – For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lust of the flesh, through licentiousness the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.

These teachers use deceitful statements, knowing they are false, to ensnare others. These false teachings entice people to believe in false doctrines.

Verse 19 – While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption: for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.

A person is in bondage to whatever or whomever is in control of them. Christ frees us from these bondage in order to live for him, resulting in the ultimate good.

Verse 20 – For if, after they have escaped the pollution’s of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.

This verse does not imply that the person ever had any true knowledge of the Redeemer’s saving grace. People can “outwardly” perform and reform, but have no true grace of heart. They have heard the gospel, know they need to be saved, but it’s only an outward show to others. And before long, they are back to living in sin in a back-slidden state. Their end result will be worse than before they acknowledged the truth!

Verse 21 – For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Verse 22 – But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Meaning, they return to their former vile behavior. Under all the appearances of reformation, still their evil nature remained. This passage is referring to those who never truly have a change of heart. A dog and a swine have never been anything but a dog and a pig, and these people were never anything but a sinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Peter – Chapter 1

Salutation

Verse 1 – Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Verse 2 – Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

Verse 3 – as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

Many believers want an abundance of God’s grace and peace, but are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know Him better through Bible study and prayer. How can a believer enjoy the privileges we have through Christ if we don’t know about them?

Verse 4 – by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

We don’t have the power to grow into a mature Christian on our own. That power comes from God through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we participate in the divine nature in order to keep us from sin and help us live for Him. Knowing the Savior more and more helps us to grow in Him.

Verse 5 – But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,

Verse 6 – to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance to perseverance godliness,

Verse 7 – to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

Faith has to be much more than belief in facts; it must result in action, growth in Christian character, and the practice in moral discipline, or it will die away.

Verse 8 – For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Don’t you wish all Christians had the characteristics that Peter mentioned? Self-control being the biggest. We don’t always have to have our way. The world doesn’t revolve around us.

In other words: abound in self-control, godliness, kindness, and love, and you will be fruitful in the knowledge of Christ!

Verse 9 – For he who lacks these things is short-sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

You cannot claim to be a Christian and still do and act the way you were before being born-again!

Verse 10 – Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

Verse 11 – for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Did you catch that ? Peter just told us of the sure way into the everlasting kingdom. The list of what we are to add to our faith is found in verses 5-7. Faith has to be put into actions, for faith without works is “DEAD!”

Verse 12 – Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.

Verse 13 – Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,

Verse 14 – knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.

Verse 15 – Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.

Peter knew that he would soon die. Many years before, Christ had prepared Peter for the kind of death he would face in John 21:18,19. So, he recorded his teachings in order for the church to not forget what he had taught.

Verse 16 – For we did not follow cunningly devised fable when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

Verse 17 – For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Verse 18 – And we heard the voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

The transfiguration which occurred soon after these words were spoken was designed to show them what Jesus would be in His glory, and to furnish to them a demonstration which they could never forget, that He would yet set up His kingdom in the world.

Verse 19 – We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to hold as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

Verse 20 – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,

Verse 21 – for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever heard someone say, “The Bible can mean many things according to whom is interpreting it.” Not true. First of all, let me say this, “You will never understand what the Bible is saying unless you are filled with the Holy Spirit of God.” The Bible is foolishness to the unbelieving world.

“Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” means that Scripture did not come from the creative work of the prophets’ own invention of interpretation. God inspired the writers, so their message is authentic and reliable. We either believe it or we don’t .