Scoffers and the Second Coming
2 Peter 3:l-9
INTRODUCTION: Peter now turns from discussing the false teachers to encouraging the faithful. He sees the Body of Christ in need of an arousal to truth that can lead to a life of purity and holiness. Peter seeks to put to rest the unbelief of the scoffers and share the truth of the soon return of Christ.
I. AN EXHORTATION TO REMEMBRANCE. v.l-2
A. An Arousal to Truth. l
''Revive in your sincere minds certain memories''. His desire was to stimulate his readers to wholesome thinking.
Phil. 4:8, ''Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.''
B. An Approval to Testimonies. 2
''be mindful of the words'' - recall needed to encourage.
1. Christian Truth Anticipated. (Prophets)
2. Christian Truth Demonstrated. (Savior)
3. Christian Truth Interpreted. (Apostles) II. AN ADMONITION TO REFLECT. v.3-4
A. The Scoffers. 3
Mockers - false teachers attempt to unsettle and disturb them by ridiculing the idea of Jesus'return.
Peter wanted his friends not to be turned aside from belief in the return of Christ by the criticism of those who opposed the idea.
''going where their own passions lead''
B. The Second Coming. 4
Denial of His Return. The universe is stable, unchanging system, and God does not intervene in the course of history.
Problem: Man's manner of life reflects his disbelief.
III. A REPUDIATION TO REGISTER. v.5-7
A. Refers to Creation. 5
First l0 words of the Bible.
Genesis l:l, ''In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.''
They deliberately ignore the fact that creation was a divine act by a sovereign God. Peter is reminding them that there has not always been order. Genesis l:2, ''And the earth w ...
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