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The Attraction of "LIKE Precious Faith" (1 of 10)
Pastor Richard Laue
II Peter 1:1-2
Just like there are "fatal attractions" that draw us off into the world and the flesh, there are "faithful attractions" that draw us deeper into the very presence of the Lord God. The choice is ours!
We have here in this letter written in the early days of the Church to a people who were "scattered abroad" in the world. It was a time of difficulty for these believers, and Peter's intent was to comfort, encourage, and strengthen these people. Why were they discouraged?
1. They were "scattered" far from home.
2. Peter told them point blank his time was about up. (1:14) "Shortly I must put off my tent" just as Jesus told Him. John 21:18 and 19 ... "'Most assuredly,' I say to you, 'when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.' This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, 'Follow Me.'"
3. False prophets and false teachers had gotten into the Church.
4. Scoffers had arisen in the Church saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?" More than thirty years had passed, and Jesus had not returned. The majority of the world today doesn't believe He will ever return. These are scoffers! Just like when Moses was on the Mount, they couldn't wait for him to come with God'sWord. They made their own god, a gold calf. "Where is the promise of His Coming?" That's the scoffers' question, and then we go off and build our own god, gods of gold and silver, and men long ago dead and gone!
The same things discourage us, but we have Peter's sermon from ...
Simon (The fisherman)
Peter (The rock; Jesus gave him that name.)
Bondslave (Servant) What he wanted to be.
Apostle (Messenger of the truth) ("One sent")
Written "to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by ...
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