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2 Peter 3 - Scoffers in the Last Days

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • December 19, 2009
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him will him to the sea here and finish up so that the second heater with you through any of the soulless chain you are written by Peter Weill found through the book of first Peter and we've gone through this first sous chef Arizona second heater and today we're ever the last chapter the third chapter a second here and as you know this is written by Peter as his glass exhortation to their Christian people of his day and so we are going to finish the today wound and Arthur were promoted on the site father in heaven we thank you for this day we pray special blessing as we study from your word Amanda was guidance and instruction this is my prayer in Jesus name and RIF said second heater chapters to read as you are all what Cedar has covered in the first two chapters so far the first chapter he describes what we call the ladder of salvation where we can be partakers of the divine nature have not escaped the corruption of the world through lust and this latter starts with faith into faith we had virtue to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance to temperance patience patience godliness and a godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity alone so this is the latter of salvation that Peter describes them as we can see her sentences if you give diligence to make your calling and election sure if you do these things you shall never fall and so the exhortation to us is him we follow for him as being particularly divine nature we have a promise that we shall never fall which reminds us of June twenty four now on this and who is able to keep you from falling and Emily gets to second Peter Shepherd shoot we see that heater is sending against false doctrine that came into the Christian church and he talks about how creedal creatures or teachers will come and you will subtly bring in Pharisees and if you go through the whole Shafter centers in the comparison in second Peter Q limit of June line up very nicely the issues the issues that are described about the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah talk about people who like to teach that it's okay to watch at the loss of the flush cycle Peter Chien of the computer can send my guess is that switching and specifically in the book and you Jude says that teachers are turning the grace of God in the lasciviousness which all my tells us the teaching of the night away and so the teaching that you can be whatever you want and still be covered by the grace of God site second Peter 's shoe in the book and jeered take issue with that teaching and so we come now to chapter three which is the last chapter in the book like an heater fix up the idea here in verse one uses the second accessible oven I now write to you and not for choice therapeutics your mind by way of remembrance that he may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets and the commandment of us the apostles him both Lord and Savior so Peter says you are you are my view of it fellow Christians and I'm writing this she says I want us to wrap your mind so the purpose of this is the successful was this era of minds of unbelievers and that's fine now if your mind is banks there it's going to be actively thinking about whatever is being written here said Peter 's purpose in this is hysterical minds of unbelievers that he's given on the latter salvation and I imagine this today that he talks about the more sure word of prophecy that we can hang our hats on my face seriously than he talks about the fault teachings that comment is this point he's hoping that the believers police here that this is the way of salvation we can be partakers of the divine nature at enduring favorite emerging knowledge demolished after the presentations the patient's colonists to godliness brotherly kindness and the brotherly kindness love that is the way of salvation and on top of that we have a more sure word of prophecy Peter Savino I saw Jesus on the Mount Transfiguration but the sure word of prophecy is more sure than the experience I have my thought price transfigured with my eyes and then he says this is that sure is hence false teachers are going to come man who will lead you astray from the street don't let that happen I'm steering your mind so that you won't know what the truth is that he won't know what areas and you will stay faithful to the truth so here is and is writing a nice little letter saying how could and well be faithful to the Lord to say I'm securing your mind to be faithful to God him reason for choice here and here push your mind by way of remembrance that his hope is that by writing this incessantly will remember what truth is that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets and of the commandment of of of the apostles of the Lord and Savior so what Peter is there and he's trying to remind the Christian believers and what the words which are been spoken of for all of Scripture written by the holy Prophet that is watch bruises don't be deceived by these false teachers that comment and remember what those of us you are the top of our Lord and Savior have told you as well don't forget the teaching of truth and now he gets in his specific issues starting in verse three and we now these verses of these are some issues actually are felt was very important to make sure that the Christian believers understand that time he says in verse three knowing this first that there shall and the last days stoppers walking after their own boss now this is interesting because it's a computer chapter to see we see that the false teachers that came in to the Christian church privately bringing in heresies and saying that you can walk out of the water will flush the grace of God will still cover you Peter now makes the connection chapter three to share that when you start to see each that you can do whatever you want and God will still try review the end result of that teaching is that people will say where is the promise of Christ is and him really because if he started down the truth of God 's word about what God can do for us was that we can be particular of the divine nature that if we do those things on Peter 's letter we will never fall that God really is able to keep us from falling if we start to doubt that then why would we believe the promise of his time and when you want that the velocity of the flushing it was from this earth and in result will be boys I want Jesus to come because you know deep down your heart if Jesus were next time I'm walking up to the one before us and I will be ready to see so what happens than has scoffers about and they say where is the promise of his coming for since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation so now stoppers come along saying how you know you can do whatever you want and then the next step is the way things of always been this way something about Jesus coming back to both ridiculous I mean things have always done there's always been wars is always in famines there's always the flood there's always an earthquake has always been hurricanes so whatever the analysis all go out and have a good time that is the regression of walking after the loss of the flash and turning the grace of God and the lasciviousness and it's interesting then in verse five this is for this they willingly are ignorant of them by the word of God the heavens were involved in the earth standing out of the water and turn the water whereby the world and then was being overflowed with water perished now is what she him how long did network for each that if one was going to come to destroy the years one hundred and twenty years and the sizzle of that day or may say the sciences of that day 's it's never rang what are you talking about now what you are describing is physically and science typically impossible what are you talking about now there were scoffers amended of now and what he preached for a hundred and twenty years and I realized that the answer the Libyans went from nine hundred years hundred and twenty years is a long time humanly speaking to freeze for a hundred and twenty years that a flood is coming on the value thanks that I know I would've lost credibility after about sixty years I mean and what about after eighty or ninety years I mean even sang for eighty or ninety years on the nine years of the year fortunately live that long in this day and it but the preacher and ninety years that there is a flood coming in having found my talk about credibility problem and yet people say that about seven thousand today some of them have a credibility problem his women preaching that Jesus is coming for hundred and sixty five years and I I believe this is not Yadav I think it seven hundred and twenty years I don't have the exact answer someone may be well-meaning I believe it's the one hundred and twenty years of building was a long time since not only is now a preaching that a flood is coming he's building an arch for a him for that is never as so obviously the sciences of that name by the way the people that they were way smarter than the scientists of our days to down before by the intellect of our signs as they may be bright compared to humanity of our day humanly speaking the comparative answer the Libyans of four thousand years ago they don't know anything and of course compared a job in basically nothing so cheaters as much sense as there were stalkers in the days of Noah as many scoffers in the days when Christ and young people shoot down the first eleven chapters of Genesis the ex- town of the flawed and all of that yet is one big problem with that because the New Testament verifies that the fraud took place soon after our second year because she said the flood occurred he also throw out Matthew chapter twenty four and this is found in Matthew chapter twenty four starting in verse thirty six counties in the words of Christ speaking about the flawed segment of that day and hour now if no man know not the angels in heaven but my father only but as the days of Noah were so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be now the first thing that we can say about this is that Jesus is saying that now was a true historical figure it's not some allegory that is made up in the first eleven chapters Jesus saying that now is a sorry Noah was a shrewd historical figure so now you have to concern when Jesus Christ is as to whether or not yellow really existed Jesus said he does I'll take the word of Christ is now in verse thirty eight uses for as in the days that were before the flood Jesus other with a flood so now if you're drawing out the first eleven chapters of Genesis and that is scientifically impossible amount of flood didn't take place now you have to throw out Matthew chapter twenty four and and the credibility of Christ so now Christ is not credible when he says that now was a historical figure cannot afford to place the notice were Christ is a he's not a statement about the flood in a continuum rather than the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking marrying and giving in marriage until the day that no one entered into the ark now Jesus either was an art as well even more of a problem there with them are in Jesus otherwise and now are a real person entered a real large so you want to nine scientific evidence that Genesis one to eleven are possible now you have disabled Jesus was the sea is your telling me that God was deceived because Jesus is God so there's no way Jesus said to Noah entered the ark there was a flood and continuing on verse thirty nine assists and knew not until the flood came and said to them always in your group of people eating and drinking marrying and giving in marriage and the bottom line is secure a group of people sincere and with the shares in this life and even though now I have been preaching for a hundred and twenty years that a flood was coming meaning you can make the flipside argumentative more than a hundred I was wrong I will a five-year message of a hundred and twenty years sources they knew not until the flood came and sent them all away so sheer trifecta clear that the flood was a true historical fact and they know how good the universe thirty nine so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be now notice what is happening and considered as a something underneath and see this in Matthew chapter twenty four Cedar and Christ will compare the flawed to the second coming and cedar in Christ though are showing us that as it was in the days of Noah there were scoffers you said it's scientifically impossible for a flood to take place the water is always a comment from the ground we've never had rained down from the sky that's crazy what are you talking all things it continues with the beginning of a creationism down and son were all here whatever lies can continue as usual and they knew not until the flood came and sent them all away now what happens is if you throw out the creation account you're also likely to throughout Christ's account of social and also he is the Son of Man because if the floods not true and the second coming Masonic truth is Christ is linking the credibility of the flood of the credibility of the second Psalm thirty throughout the flood you throughout the second interesting Peter makes a connection to an active second Peter chapter chief Tom Sue says and has resources for this they willingly are you by the word of God the heavens were both there willingly Junior of the fly and if you look around Chapter one and a half minutes and she was on top of all these things anyway in drama chapter one verse audiences for the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen then understood by the things that are made even his eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse every focus on Peterson Paulson here without it seems that he don't seek God creating the world 's leader says people who don't believe in the flood don't believe in the creation are willingly ignorant of that fact and so continuing on verse seven of the heavens and the earth which are now by the same word are kept in store reserved in the fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men so Peter Sun Life to me willingly ignorant claim that there is not an enemy and a second coming you can deny that there was a flood the Lord of the heavens and ears which are now led by the same word that brought the flood there kept and stored in the reserved unto fire against the day of judgment so both the water from the fly brought judgments of the world on that day and its enemy the fire is God brings judgment of the world at the end of time the flood fire zero six two separate events but it's similar so before the flood that destroyed the world this time at enemy fire and yet tries computer comparing the flood and the second coming because most people will be are you one you are the one that may seem like the preaching of this is coming that goes on for a long long time and people sale that God 's agent has lost his credibility statement saying that for over a hundred years beside it now and the flood came and Jesus Aziz and he is going to have it soon continuing on her same the beloved Beena Aigner and this one thing that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years in a thousand years as one day the Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness to see what you're saying here there is of a thousand years in a thousand years is as an data the Lord in a you say while he is all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation I'll see any sign that Jesus is coming again of a thousand years in a thousand years as of the date of the Lord is not slack concerning his promise is ninety and you can say about all things continue as they worsen the beginning of creation as I doesn't mean that if I can happen the Bible says that well so continuing on so the Lord is not slack concerning his promise assignment counselor but is long-suffering to us ward not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance is in it wasn't God 's purpose for only eight people to be saved on the yard I mean the award is long-suffering she's not willing that any should perish the in-house sorrowful goblins and then only eight people got on our means she had provided a way of salvation for me I is and there was no excuse had heard the message of warning for a hundred and twenty years and then God and supernatural things animals marched in perfect order in Camden yards and the people still saw which shows that once people make up their minds and harden their hearts and their intimately what they're going to believe it doesn't matter what supernatural miracles God may work to free the veracity of his word to keep doing their own wicked thing God can send fire down from heaven and people will say you've killed the people of the Lord God the high court in an environment earth opens up and swallow the auditorium and the buyer and the children of Israel 's that you kill the people of the Lord and God South America on the house down one block and care that you are in son 's people commit seeing how animals have become down wild and unruly now watching perfect order to the argument like whatever you are just keep them what I'm than an you look at the message of Scripture Jesus is coming back and we have more than a month enough evidence to know that Jesus wanted and emotionally place in eighteen forty four the Holy Spirit was with a Millerite noon that day people say out loud just a nice exercise by the people they are sincere but they are it is wrong nothing happened in nineteen forty four he was asleep eleven micro eleven Jesus will come maybe someday any measure we are living in the judgment Jesus is about to come he's given us plenty of evidence him will him is long-suffering to us and was not God 's design for us to be here for a hundred and sixty five years after eating forty four I mean is almost like about this in the next hours and degrees of baptism for translation not for people to an hundred and sixty five years is a little bit too long in fact it's been way too and that got us a long-suffering he doesn't want the care she wants all to come to repentance and he gives us more time job not the problem we the Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is long-suffering to us was not willing that any should care should all should come to repentance now the first son of 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 in the works that are therein shall be burned for Pearson Alexa formerly obtained in the day of the Lord is surely coming to the day of the Lord will knows how as a youth in one nine that means that most evil one the excitement of trying to be a surprise and when it is time to see pheasant hunting to make your house a better place if it doesn't break into your house secretly in the middle the night to rearrange your furniture to do a nice job for the health was better policies and the thief is there to steal now God is obviously not elaborate upon still thirsty for him us spiritually speaking is a eternal life will be a lot for all those who are not ready and yet we just read that God is long-suffering is not willing that any should perish someone was coming to me as a thief in the night a researcher tells us that we are not in darkness of that day should overtake this doesn't seem we should know the signs and be ready for it and yet those you stay in darkness the day will come as a thief and verse eleven says seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved what manner of persons are needed me in all holy conversation and godliness now we talked about this in the book of first Peter as well we talked about having holy conversation and all similar conversations really means conduct the way we live certainly what we speak about the holy conduct in godliness that's like saying that Jesus is coming shouldn't we have fully why an ungodly life and you may say well what are you talking about I thought that nobody can be for your godly second Peter two is the second and second Peter chapter one says that we can be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through us so how are we to be partakers of holy conversation and godliness to be partakers of the divine nature not one had her salvation was you have your faith virtue to virtue knowledge to knowledge temperance temperance Patience patience gobbling up the godliness brotherly kindness brotherly kindness charity or why that is how we are to live as we prepare for Jesus in a semi- illustration that we can make from a ladder the bottom line him say that Jesus is coming soon now in the more sure word of prophecy understanding that we are prophetic people living in the time and judgment since eighteen forty four shouldn't we be in all holy conversation and godliness God made a way for us to meet partakers of the divine nature and he's made it possible for us the need for fair for him to come in the clouds because he's long-suffering towards us not willing that we should perish and that all should come to repentance I didn't mention this to you now the concept every sentence is one of the elements that is missing in Christianity today people say God you are and stay as you are there is now Greece can be converted and believe the gospel in turn away from your life listen and follow on another one in the partakers of the divine nature is just like not you are and stay as you are keep sending them gobbled everyone is grace our attention God is looking for C4 to the otherwise completely they should have repent and follow the Lord completely continuing on verse twelve is looking for and hastening the day in the coming of the day of God where in the heavens men on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat Arians of the question their work in this year the word here and resources looking for and hastening on hastening it's like when we work for we can also see some coming of the day of God this is one place in Scripture that clearly teaches that God 's people can hasten the coming of Christ sitting on the flight crew God is long-suffering not willing that any should perish and not flat concerning his promises and he sank like we should be looking for and hastening his him so rather than being scoffers in fact well maybe Jesus will come in my lifetime it all continues as they were so the beginning of creation rather we should be saying me to keep my eyes on Jesus and be surrendered him to be a partaker of the divine nature and hasten the coming of Christ that is the teaching of Scripture and of course we had crossed on the closest page sixty nine says when the character of Christ to be perfectly reproduced in the people that he will become the claimant has not sound like we can hasten the phone or we can only looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God where in the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat known as researching nevertheless we according to his promise look for new heavens and new earth where and what was righteous is that what you're looking for and ask yourself that honestly is what the divers are you looking for new heavens and new earth wherein wealth righteousness or are you looking at Mackinac for yourself your Mister are you looking to have a successful one and then maybe using some of the bus I want to hasten the coming of Christ that's working to just live this life here on this Earth if she is found Soviet now for liking for the new heavens and the earth where and wealth righteousness that we should work for them now if if data is available I normally don't even think about being in heaven and maybe because in our hearts have been really is hard on you say that heaven is our home and were just passing through on I cannot hear you away from home on a trip Nuñez homesickness can home every day that is your life where you are you'll get off the manual states will go by before you think about where you use the list and forth on this Earth is nothing wrong with that but what about heaven we should be thinking about heaven everything because that's what were really looking for continuing hundred fourteen wherefore beloved saying that you look for such things be diligent that ye may be found of him in the cease without spot in the Windows wow we work for such things are looking for the things of heaven where indwelling righteousness we can be found without spot and the way must not let someone hundred and forty four thousand and without fault before the throne of God so the Scripture is teaching that we can mean the language that we can be without spot as we saw second Peterson and the meninges parallel each other last week about the juices now and him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the throne with exceeding joy what is enough of Jesus in the four seats and keep us from falling the present is false so they can last message of exultation that Cedar is getting to the Christian believers is seeing that you look for such things what a new heaven and a new earth where and while in righteousness so we look for the coming of the damned God so that we can hasten if we look for such things and were diligent that we may be found of him in peace without sign language others were diligent we also see in second Peter one percent versus wherefore the rather brethren can deal with you are calling an election here for if you do these things you shall never fall so what is the diligence of the Christian law should do these things which is Peter 's latter was retarded which starts with faith in them was in all the things in between if we do these things we shall never fall in second Peter chapter three if we are diligent we may be found of him seems without spot and blameless sounds to me like the same thing you give diligence and you never fall again diligence your town without spot and blameless this is not again our own this is when we become partakers of the divine nature and God works his power through us power its history not our power forestry at the end of the day through God 's power he is able to keep us from falling through them as follows so that he can present us without spot and Wayne but the experience that I want you already looking for new head of the new heaven and the new earth where and what was righteous tired of this world I mean you have the best hand job and all the nice things of life that is still a world of sense are and no matter how many good things happen you yourself find a experience the suffering of sung on this earth you're still going to experience the sorrow of sin on this earth and the devil can try to make it work like this world is so great and so wonderful but at the end of the day the place to be is more qualified soon help using the wrap things up serving university uses an account of the long-suffering overlord of salvation even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him how the written leaves of technology that hey God has spoken through the fall to describe the salvation TV and read his writings it is they will help you to experience salvation as well however notice what he says in verse sixteen as also in offices of in all his epistles speaking in them of these things and which are some things hard to be understood while Peter Chairman of the apostles others are feeling the downfall of conferencing authority were phenomenal it's very good right surgeries and understand all one needs over the Holy Spirit and write Scripture if you have Peter is acknowledging that floor rights under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that he can be easily misunderstood paces which they that are on mind and unstable rats which lists as they do also the other Scriptures and other outlets destruction accurately think Peter might be talking about here he's talking about the people he described in the chapter to the sort of false teachers he would come and privately bring in Harris and he sang these private teachers who are bringing and heresies are taking the Scriptures of Paul Finch within and specifically what they are dealing we see in second Peter Seaman in the methods you may turn the grace of God and the lasciviousness which prepares them for destruction it is all along I told that the teaching of another way in which Jesus is that thing I said another revelation that is the teaching that through the grace of God and lascivious so what happens when these people who turn the grace of God the lasciviousness they use the writings of Paul to try to prove their point and hall actually counters that in Romans chapter three he says some nice to be slanderous I sent another letter from the essay examination is just he says they are sent what is the unit that he will make the more sin we do the more grace we receive calls to make your teaching your damnation sure and he says that in Romans six he says what shall we say that we continue in sin that grace may abound off from the it's not too hard understand the writings of Paul fifteen read the whole context so peters and what these false teachers and Bill take the writings of launch with it and want me out reformer and theologian to so masterfully done this was the fourth and he would say will all take it upon the following realm as word has more authority than Harris will animate his interpretation of not what Paul really said same as soon as we do as we see here Peter sang like with them and given the fall than those who were unstable those you are false teachers each with his writings and turn the grace of God and the lasciviousness saying it's okay to walk capital of the flesh everyone is grace anyway and he says when you do not your choice in the Scriptures to your own distraction is the verse seventeen he therefore beloved singing these things before me where was the also being led away with the air in the winter to fall from your own steadfastness please like what you know these is significant okay now what truth is they haven't been deceived by those who travel with the Scriptures and all that you know this that just because you know the truth doesn't necessarily keep you from falling and the wickedness him calling him a watch for sure pressure they were found without spot and when these that fast and anniversaries in the rough sentences but grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to him be glory both now and forever in the alley for continually growing and race and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we won't be deceived by Eric I mean now wants as we would welcome the fall flowers another thing wasn't seeing the Christ life we really did that we would see the power of his life the power of his love and we wouldn't be deceived by these false teachers says Peter wraps up his last epistle to the Christian believers he makes a very clear this is true to God is able to keep us from falling present a model is error turning the grace of God will send the Sony as he says in the faith as any may we be faithful I can have a

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