II Peter 3:1-18
v. 1 - "pure minds" - what if? - the mind is the reflective
faculty and it should be exercised in holy things!
What would the world be like if man took heed? Think
of the pornographic nature of society today!
v. 3 - "there shall come in the last days scoffers walking
after their own lusts" - self indulgence often leads
to skepticism - unbelief is associated often with
an ungodly life.
The pure morality of the gospel offends the self-indulgent.
It is a constant reproach - the Scripture teaching concerning
the judgment is repulsive to them - besides sin hardens the
heart! A sensual life blinds the soul and makes men
incapable of discerning spiritual truth.
v. 4 - "Where is the promise of His coming?"
"since the fathers fell asleep" - the first generation of
Christians were rapidly passing away.
All things have not continued as they are.
Adrian Rogers - Jerry Falwell - Roscoe
Stringer - Bro.
v. 5 - the "willingly ignorant" - previous chapter full of this!
It requires effort to shut it out!
By God's Word "were all the heavens made - all the host of
them by the breath of His mouth!
Don't forget that He who made the world can also destroy it!
By His Word was all the fountains of the great deep broken
up, and the windows of heaven opened. "And all flesh died
that moved upon the earth" - All things did not go on as
The death of the soul is more dreadful than that of the body -
an eternal death, a state of separation from God and all that
is light, joy and love.
The mockers may mock but II Thess. 2:7-10
v. 6 - Peter's answer to the mockers - there had been one great
catastrophe - there will be another!
"by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire"
The earth has been stored with fire in its inner depths!
The final conflagration of the universe!
Malachi 4:1 II Thess. 1:8
"against the day of judgment and perdition of
Rev. 11:18 - "and shouldest destroy them which
destroy the earth"
Ps. 119:13 - God has revealed many of His judgments
by His mouth - by a plain and open revelation
and it is our duty to repeat them! There are judgments
of God which are a great deep, which He does not
reveal and it is wise for us not to intermeddle.
II Thess. 2:8-12 - especially - v. 10 - "because they
received not the love of the truth, that they might
believe a lie"
Below is an article I received on Wednesday about the Mayan Calendar
v. 8 - Judgment deferred should not be made an excuse
to persevere in sin - Judgment delayed should be
used as an opportunity for repentance! (See Ecclesiastes 8:11)
vs. 9 and 15 - the longsuffering of God - I Peter 3:20
Reason for the delay - Ezek. 18:23,32 33:11
I Tim. 2:4 - "Who will have all men to be saved and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
Titus 2:11 - "For the grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men"
v. 10 - "But the day of the Lord WILL COME"
"The wicked shall be turned into hell and all
nations that forget God" - Psalm 9:17
"In the which the heavens shall pass away with
a great noise" - the noun "noise" is used of the
whizzing of arrows, of the rush of wings, of the
sound of mighty winds or roaring waters.
Whistling/whizzing - the crash of a falling world -
the elements of which the universe is composed
and compacted, will be loosed, that is, the
framework of the world will be disorganized.
See Isaiah 24:20-23 and 34:4 Rev. 6:13-14
"melt with fervent heat" - reduced to a state
Matthew 24:35 - "Heaven and earth will pass
away but my words shall not pass away"
"Excerpted text Copyright AGES Library, LLC. All rights reserved.
Materials are reproduced by permission."
I Cor. 3:13
v. 11 - The coming dissolution is already at work
now - "what manner of persons ought ye to be"
v. 12 - The duty of praying - "thy kingdom come"
An event which may be accelerated by our repentance
and prayers and efforts to diffuse the gospel to all the
v. 13 - Isaiah 65:17 66:22
Water - earth baptized by the Flood
Fire - earth purified - notice the Lord's term
"regeneration" in Matt. 19:28
The distinction between earth and heaven will be
abolished - for where God is there is heaven!
"wherein dwelleth righteousness" - man right with
God - man right with man - man right with himself!
Isaiah 60:21 - "Thy people shall be all righteous"
v. 14 - Men who really believe that after death
comes the judgment cannot live listlessly
and idly - carelessness fosters a practical
unbelief. Carelessness concerning the
Judgment is nothing short of madness!
v. 15 - Scoffers count the delay of judgment as
slackness - Christians should count it
The gift of Jesus Christ to man is the most glorious
evidence of Divine long-suffering - the is a dispensation
v. 16 - "Which they that are unlearned and
UNSTABLE wrest" - it means to twist with
a windlass - to strain, torture, distort -
NATIONAL MEDIA - a willing cohort of Satan
v. 17 - "Beware lest ye be led away with the error
of the wicked"
v. 18 - "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ"
It will be one day - an everlasting day - without tomorrow
to follow and without yesterday to precede it - there will
be no sun (Rev. 21:23) but Christ shall be the
Sun of Righteousness! - Mal. 4:2