Why Hasn't Jesus Returned? (7 of 9) by Jerry Vines

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Why Hasn't Jesus Returned? (7 of 9)
Series: Growth Book
Jerry Vines
II Peter 3:1-9
3/20/05

Peter has moved now from that rather severe second chapter where he deals with the false prophets to consider again truths which are precious to the hearts of God's people. He begins this third chapter by saying, "This second epistle, beloved." He's talking about saved people.

Four times in this third chapter he uses the word "beloved." So he has now returned to the people of God. Having dealt with false teachers, he is back now talking to God's people about precious truths. He reminds us and wants us to remember why he's writing this letter.

He says to us, "I'm writing this letter to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance." He's saying that I want you to remember some things, and I am going to arouse you, I am going to awaken you.

God's people need to be constantly aroused and awakened especially in those places where the Word of God is consistently taught. It is possible for people who consistently hear the teachings of the Bible to develop a kind of spiritual lethargy. They can grow so accustomed to hearing the truth that they are not stirred and moved by the truth as much as they should be.

The Bible warns us that it is possible to become so accustomed to the truth that it doesn't stir you, and there is the possibility that the truth will be taken away from you.

In Amos 8, verses 11 and 12, it says, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord; And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it."

If we do not value that which is precious, then God says that we run the danger of it being taken away from us. So he is saying here, "My job is to stir you up."

My job as your pastor is to never, ever let you go t ...


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