2 Peter Ch 3

1Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

3First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

17Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Near the end of this world, God warns that there will be many people who will mock God. Since our forefathers died, many people have forgotten that God created the heavens and the earth. They forgot about the flood that wiped away most of the earth because they were sinful.

But God says to not forget, that with Him the time spent here on earth is but a moment. God is not slow in keeping His promise, in contrast to our definition of a long time. God is patient, and He wants nothing to perish, but wants us to come and repent for our sins. When the Lord comes, it will be quick. He will come down from the heavens in all His glory, everything on earth will be destroyed by fire, and life will cease to exist.

Since we have come to accept Him and are looking forward to His coming. In return for waiting, we will receive salvation. God writes this in the bible, and it will contain scriptures that are hard to understand, which false prophets will twist and the non-believers distort to their own will.

Since God has warned us of not to get swept up by the false believers, we should always be on the alert for temptations and sin that will bring us down. Instead, we should grow in our knowledge of the Bible, and also spiritually by the love of God. To God be the glory now and forevermore! Amen.

Praises:

– Thank you for this beautiful morning, and letting me wake up at
9:00! I hope I can wake up earlier and earlier!

– Thank you for letting me create a class schedule for mt. sac that still allows me time for many things that I like to do!

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