2 Peter 3 is specifically about the Day of the Lord. This day goes by many names:
- The Apocalypse
- Judgment Day
- The End of the World.
Every year Hollywood releases blockbusters about the end of the world. In fact, the apocalypse is engrained in our cultural mindset. Deep down, I think we know the end is coming, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
While we have no way of changing if the world ends or not, we do have a choice on the outcome that happens to us. Keep in mind this choice has to be made by every individual person. You can’t choose for another.
That choice is following Jesus, and the reason he hasn’t come back yet is that he’s patient and waiting for you to turn your life around.
If you choose to follow him you’ll be rewarded, and if you don’t, then you’ll be removed from his kingdom. I hate to sound harsh but that’s the truth, and it’s best said without sugarcoating so everybody knows and can prepare accordingly.
But before we get into 2 Peter 3, I’m going to give you some good news. Jesus came to die for you, and he died because he loves you, and wants you with Him in heaven for eternity. All you need to do is ask him for forgiveness believe that he will save you and try to live for him.
2 Peter 3: The Day of the Lord Is Coming
3 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles.2 Peter 3: 1-2
2 Peter 3 How To Have Wholesome Thinking
2 Peter 3 talks about wholesome thinking, but what exactly is wholesome thinking? In our world today I think the topic is foreign to us, or at the very least twisted. Most of us have been pulled little by little to the side, and now we embrace the sin we once hated.
When I was growing up in the 80s. I wasn’t allowed to bring playing cards to church. My mom worried that some of the older Christians would take offense. This was because during their day cards were viewed as tools for gambling, and thus evil.
Now, I’m not saying cards are bad, however, I think a lot of our mentalities have been warped by societal norms or even today from years of Facebook and google searches.
If we go to the Bible, we’ll see what’s right, and see what’s wrong. There are things today that the Bible explicitly forbids, and yet somehow we allow Pastors and teachers in Churches to say it’s okay.
The day of the Lord is coming, and we will all be judged according to our works. I’m terrified of that. My sins are under the blood of Jesus, however, I know that I’ve sinned and I hold that against myself.
I’m terrified because I see an entire generation of people turn into cowards, and instead of standing up with love for what is right, we cower in fear.
I consider myself one of the greatest of cowards, but for no longer.
As Christians, we should be showing the love of Jesus to everyone we meet. It doesn’t matter what sins they commit. According to John 3:16, God loves the entire world so much, that he sent Jesus to die.
When we give our lives to Jesus, God forgives us of our sins. but it doesn’t stop there. Many people today think they’re saved because they’ve gone through confirmation. Or said a prayer in front of a church.
But following God is a lifestyle, the prayer is just the beginning, and the lifestyle brings you through to the end.
The Bible states that many will go before God saying Lord, Lord, and he’ll say depart from me, for I never knew you. That’s why we need to stay close to him, spend time with him, and do his work. We don’t know the daytime or hour, but he’s coming soon. And the day of the Lord will come shortly thereafter.
2 Peter 3: The Scoffers And The Mockers
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last day scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment when ungodly people will be destroyed.2 Peter 3:3-7
2 Peter 3 People Will Scoff At God’s Plan In the Last Days
A few years ago some friends and I went to California to see some bands play. During this time we went to see a comedian. He focused on the girl with us and called a buddy of mine a homosexual.
He asked me if I was hitting that, and I said no, I value her friendship. After a few questions, he surmised we were Christians and for the next half hour ripped into us.
It felt like an eternity.
Looking back on that, I remember being angry and really tired. I also think it was a spiritual attack against us. the things that man said were vile and disgusting. Any normal person’s conscience would’ve kicked in and they should’ve stopped.
Sometimes the scoffers and the mockers are just that. They’re hurtful people trying to make their painful lives a little better. These are the people who get angry when you do good. And they will hate you because you follow Jesus.
The very presence of God causes people pain. In a way, it’s good pain. It convicts people of their sins and forces them to look at their life.
However many people will have a different choice than changing. Instead, they’ll lash out at the people they perceive are causing them pain. All they wanted was to keep living their eyes. The pain of their life is pushed down so deep they can barely feel it anymore.
However it still haunts them, and when you show up with the power of God in your life. It threatens to overtake them.
2 Peter 3: 8-11 A New Heaven And New Earth
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.2 Peter 3: 8-11
2 Peter 3: Paradise Comes With A New Jerusalem:
the last sentence of this text is where we see the light at the end of the tunnel. If we stay in Christ and follow him. The entire earth will be destroyed, and our new home will be created.
A new heaven and new earth sound nice right about now. Currently, we have issues happening in Ukraine., the pandemic, and our government is harming its people.
It’d be nice to go home, but we are still needed here.
2 Peter 3: 14-16 The Lord’s Patience Gives People Time
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.2 Peter 3: 14-16
2 Peter 3 God’s Patience Will Save Many People
Usually, I’ll write out my blog posts really fast and reread them a day or two later. This one has taken me the better part of a week just to finish.
There’s so much that I’d like to write, and so much I’m leaving out.
However, 2 Peter 3:14-16 are really important, especially because a lot of people are still playing a game of spiritual chicken.
God’s patience isn’t finite. Eventually, you will die, or he will come back and you might be doing the very sin he told you to stop. I won’t say that you’re going to hell, I’m not your judge.
However, you will be in a world of shame and hurt if/when that happens.
When you sin knowing that you’re sinning, you put Christ back on the cross, and you’re treating his death as a commodity.
He Died For You!
You’re in or you’re out, it’s your choice.
2 Peter 3: Peter’s Final Words
17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.2 Peter 3: 17-18
This message was already in their church DNA. They’d already discussed this and Peters’s letter was just a friendly reminder.
In our Churches, small groups, and gatherings we need to do the same thing. We need to remind people of the truth, and what Jesus requires of us.
In addition to that, we need to remember that we are to love one another. If we really loved one another 98% of our issues would fall away, and we’d be a massive force in this world.
Stay with Jesus, follow his teachings, and watch him transform the world around you.
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