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The Urgency Of The Hour (2 of 7)
THE BOOK OF II PETER
II Peter 1:12-15
April 25, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Last week, we began our study of II Peter. The title of the message was; "Let Us Be Reminded." We were reminded of our commonness or oneness in Christ. Peter referred to it as our "like precious faith." We were reminded of the "exceeding great and precious promises" given to us by God through Christ: the righteousness of God, peace and grace, and all things that pertain to life and godliness.
According to (vs. 4), because we have been "made partakers of the divine nature," we have escaped the "corruption that is in the world through lust (vs. 4).
1 John 2:16-17 says, For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Finally, Peter said we are to be diligent in "adding to our faith all the things mentioned in (vv. 5-7): virtue, knowledge, temperance (self-control), patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity, thus making our election sure, demonstrating that we truly are of "like precious faith" (vs. 10).
I concluded by saying: "The new life in Christ is demonstrated by the way a person lives; the outward evidence is the assurance of one's eternal home."
Tonight, we hear a certain urgency in Peter's voice. His desire for the saints to know and practice their faith was heavy upon his heart, for he knew that the time of his decease was at hand. Let us consider two things:
I. The Urgency of the Hour
II. The Importance of the Message
I. THE URGENCY OF THE HOUR
A. An Acute Awareness (vs. 13a)
1. The words, "I think it meet" mean, "I think it's
the right or correct or necessary thing to do."
Peter was aware of the responsibility given to him by God to remind the saints of their spiritual ...
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