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A Universal Makeover (7 of 7)
THE BOOK OF II PETER
II Peter 3:10-18
June 27, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we listened to the scoffers and the gainsayers--those who mocked at the idea of Christ's return. In (vv. 3, 4) the Bible says, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
ILLUS: Even as I speak, a movie has just been released, making a complete mockery of God and the historical account of flood; it is entitled, "Evan the Almighty." From the commercials and the advertising I have seen, it's enough for me to know that the whole idea behind it is for the purpose of undermining the Bible and to make a mockery of God. It is completely blasphemous and sacrilegious. Let me say to you, there is nothing funny about the story of the flood and the complete destruction of human life. God is not laughing!
Here is the real story--God spoke and the heavens and the earth were created. Man fell into sin and the world was judged, and God destroyed it with a flood (vv. 5, 6).
God brought a world-wide upon the earth, destroying all living things, except those He saved in the Ark--Noah and his family and the animals. In the same way (by His Word), He will destroy the heavens and the earth with fire: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).
The key thought in our last lesson was the patience and longsuffering of Christ; because of His mercy and His love for man, He withholds judgment--waiting for that last person to be saved: (vs. 9), The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all ...
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