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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 1) An Introduction to this Bible book of Second Peter
 2) Chapter One
 3) Chapter Two
 4) Chapter Three

NLT stands for New Living Translation.   MKJV stands for Modern King James Version.
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A devotional commentary is different from an exegetical commentary. In a devotional commentary like this one I can give the application of a verse rather than just the interpretation of a verse.






An Introduction

Who wrote this book?
This bible book was written as a letter by the Apostle Peter to the churches in the northern part of Asia Minor.

What are some things that we know about the Apostle Peter?
Peter is known today as the Apostle of Hope. He is also known as the Apostle of the Circumcision because he generally favored the Israelites. Jesus renamed him Peter, meaning stone or rock
(Matthew 16:18). Jesus Christ predicted that Peter's death as a martyr would bring Him glory
(John 21:18-19). Church tradition tells us that Peter was crucified upside down. Why? Because Peter felt like he was too unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord. And we know many other things about him as mentioned in the gospels.

"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to Me again, strengthen and build up your brothers"
(Luke 22:31-32).

When and where was this book written?
This letter was probably written from Rome in 66-68 A.D., just before Peter's martyrdom. It was probably written to Jewish Christians, primarily, but also gentile (non Jewish) Christians. The Apostle Paul also wrote to Jewish and gentile believers.

Why was this book written?
This letter was written to warn the early Christians in Asia Minor and us concerning the error of false teachings being taught by false teachers and evildoers.

What was the historical setting in those days when this book was written?
Rome ruled the world in the days of the first century A.D. Anyone who would not worship the Emperor Nero as their god was marked for execution by the agents of Rome. In Peter's first letter he encouraged his Christian readers. Why? Because they were suffering persecution from outside the church. What was Satan's plan? Satan's plan was to try to destroy the church in its infancy. Satan does not know everything. Just as he tried to destroy the male Israeli children in Egypt thinking that the Messiah was to be born
(Exodus 1:22), and just as he tried to destroy the male Israeli children in Bethlehem knowing that the Messiah was born
(Matthew 2:16), so he was trying to destroy the church in it's infancy in the first century A.D. before it could do him major harm. But Satan failed in each of his attempts.

Peter's second letter was to warn fellow Christians of false doctrine coming from inside the church. This was just as hard to defend against as outward persecution. There is an old tactic of the devil that he uses from time to time. The devil will stand in front of a believer with his hands out pushing against the believer trying to stop his forward momentum. That is persecution. If that doesn't work he will get behind the believer and start pushing him in the hope that he can push the believer over a cliff to sure destruction. How can that be? The tactic is to kill him with success. Satan will back off of the persecution and allow the individual to become successful and powerful. This person will be consumed with working so much that there is little time for his or her family. Some folks cannot handle power and success in a positive way. Pride and self importance can become so great that the individual can see the faults of others but not his or her own. Then the individual can get trapped in snares that the devil places in his or her way when he or she gets their eyes off of Jesus. Satan will use money, sex, power, or fame to tempt this person who becomes luke warm spiritually. Then the person will sin against God. A scandal may result and the person is discredited. He or she may be publicly disgraced. Satan is sometimes successful because he uses this tactic.

I can see this tactic of the devil at work in these churches that Peter is writing to. The devil used persecution in hopes of stopping their work. This is why the first letter from Peter was written. When Satan's first tactic failed, then he switched to his second tactic. Satan brought in false teachers and false doctrine. I am sure his lie went something like this: "if you want to be a superior church over some of the other churches in your area, then you must accept these teachings." And some of those church folks, with spiritual pride filling their sails, accepted the false doctrine, and were pushed right over the edge of the cliff to their spiritual destruction. This is why the second letter from Peter was written.

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    The Bible book of Second Peter only has three chapters:

    1) Chapter 1
       Greetings from the Apostle Peter 1:1-2
       We should grow in the knowledge of Christ 1:3-11
       God's scriptures have to be foremost in our lives 1:12-21

    2) Chapter 2
       We should beware of false teachers 2:1-3
       3 examples of God's judgment on the disobedient 2:4-9
       The bad character of the false teachers 2:10-22

    Chapter 3
       The Day of the Lord is coming 3:1-13
       Let's live right before the Lord 3:14-16
       Peter warns and encourages us 3:17-18

    The theme of this book:
    Jesus Christ is our strength.
    Why? Because we have to use His strength in order to properly live the Christian life and to overcome adversity and false doctrine.






    Chapter One:

    "This letter is from Simon Peter, a (love) slave and apostle of Jesus Christ"
    (2 Peter 1:1 New Living Translation (NLT).

    Some scholars have questioned the authorship of this bible book. Why? Because there was a Gospel of Peter and an Apocalypse of Peter that were not written by him. But there is a genuineness to this letter that leaves little doubt that Peter wrote it.



    "...know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better..."
    (2 Peter 1:2).

    Christianity is a Person. The word "know" is used 16 times in this letter. Why? Because Peter is emphasizing a strong point. Peter does not want you and I just to know about Christ but to know Christ. What does that mean? It means that you and I must invite Jesus Christ to come to live inside of our heart. We must place Him on the throne of our life. Each of us must become converted or born again. The real knowledge of any believer is to know, love, and obey Jesus Christ personally. The Apostle John said this:
    "And this is the way to have eternal life- to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One you sent to earth"
    (John 17:3).

    There is also knowledge about the Lord. It is only through the knowledge of Christ that you and I can really learn to live in this world and grow in Christ to be a more godly person. The Apostle Paul said this:
    "That I may have knowledge of Him, and of the power of His coming back from the dead, and a part with Him in His pains, becoming like Him in His death; If in any way I may have the reward of life from the dead"
    (Philippians 3:10-11 Basic English Translation (BET).



    "So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone"
    (2 Peter 1:5-7 NLT).

    Each of us has to grow in Christian character. We need virtue to properly live in these dark last days. This kind of virtue means that each of us should manifest courage and excellence in our lifestyle. And we only get those virtues through knowing Christ. When Christ lives in our heart we have the new born again nature from God. There is a special love bond between God and each of us that the unconverted people in the world cannot understand. The Apostle Paul said:
    "You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus"
    (2 Timothy 3:15).



    "I plan to keep on reminding you of these things- even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth. Yes, I believe I should keep on reminding you of these things as long as I live. But the Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that my days here on earth are numbered and I am soon to die. So I will work hard to make these things clear to you. I want you to remember them long after I am gone"
    (2 Peter 1:12-15).

    Jesus had predicted Peter's martyrdom (John 21:18-19).



    "For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming again. We have seen His majestic splendor with our own eyes. And He received honor and glory from God the Father when God's glorious, majestic voice called down from heaven, "This is my beloved Son; I AM fully pleased with Him." We ourselves heard the voice when we were there with Him on the holy mountain"
    (2 Peter 1:16-18).

    Peter mentions the Transfiguration of Christ when him and James and John were together on that glorious occasion
    (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:27-36).



    "...knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit"
    (2 Peter 1:20-21).

    What does that mean? Simply, it means that the holy scriptures in the holy bible alone are of divine origin. They are "God breathed."

    One time when I was in bible college I had to write a research paper on the bible. I was in my study writing when God gave me the gift of inspiration. I started writing words and thoughts given to me and I did not understand, at that moment, what I was writing, but I trusted God and penned it exactly as He gave it to me. After I finished writing, the gift of inspiration left me. I had to look up the meaning of all that I had written. What God had given to me was simply remarkable and I thanked Him for blessing me. I turned in that research paper to my college professor and he gave me a very high grade on it. From that moment on I never had any questions about the inspiration of the holy bible written by 40 authors.






    Chapter Two

    Second Peter, Chapter Two:
    In this chapter Peter deals with the apostasy that was coming into the church through false teachers who were sneaking in as wolves in sheeps clothing. They were teaching false doctrines and that which is contrary to the Word of God. Peter exposes them stating that they pervert the truth of God, and they do it for their own advantage. These false teachers exalt themselves instead of exalting Christ. They were living secretly in lust and sin. But God is going expose them and judge them.

    A Christian author had this to say:

    "The coming of false teachers is spoken of again and again in the New Testament. Jesus warned of ravening wolves who would come to the church in sheep's clothing
    (Matthew 7:15), and lead many astray
    (Matthew 24:11). Paul warned of grievous wolves who would arise in the church speaking perverse things
    (Acts 20:29-30). Again Paul predicted that, before the Second Coming of the Lord, there would be, in the church, a falling away of appalling magnitude and Satanic nature
    (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). Again Paul foretold the rise to church leadership of ungodly men, traitors and hypocrites, who, with a form of godliness, would fill the church with doctrines of devils
    (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Jude seems to have been written mainly to warn of an ominous and deadly trend toward apostasy which, in his own day, he saw rising in the church
    (Jude verses 4-19). And, in Revelation chapter 17, John gives a detailed description of the full-grown harlot church.

    Peter, in his first epistle (letter), wrote to encourage the church to bear up under persecution from without. Here, in this second epistle, it is to caution the church to guard against corruption from within.

    He warns of coming apostasy, when leaders in the church, for money considerations, would permit licentiousness and general wrong-doing. He speaks of it as being in the future
    (2 Peter 2:1). Yet some of the language implies that false teachers were already at work within the church.

    He speaks of their destructive heresies, their pernicious ways, their covetousness, their walking in lust, brute beasts, eyes full of adultery, and servants of corruption. Note: these expressions are used as referring, not to the world, but to leaders within the church.

    It is a sorry picture. Even within the apostolic generation the world and the devil had succeeded in making heavy onslaughts on the purity of the church. And, even now, in our own enlightened age, the gospel of Christ, in its original beauty and simplicity and purity, in many sections of the church, still is buried and hid from view by the rubbish of forms and doctrines heaped upon the church by the world and the Devil.

    It is a terrible sin to corrupt the church. All the ungodly shall be destroyed. This is an unceasing note of Scripture. But one of the worst sins is, in the name of Christ, to foist lies upon the church in substitution for Christian truth."



    In 2 Peter 2:4-10 we can observe that:
    God will judge in the future as He has in the past. If God did not spare the disobedient angels, the ancient world, and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, He will not spare the false teachers in their time.

    What kind of character did the false teachers have? Let's take a look and see what God the Holy Spirit is teaching us through the Apostle Peter:
    1) The disobedient angels had pride and rebellion in their hearts.
    2) Disobedient mankind before the flood had violence and apathy in their hearts.
    3) The populace of Sodom had total sensuality in their hearts.
    The false teachers of Peter's day had all of the same characteristics. Do the false teachers of our day also have the same characteristics? Yes. Especially if the false teachers are modern Satanists, witches, warlocks, ones who are demon possessed, etc. God is teaching us that unrighteousness will end in ruin. False teaching and disobedient behavior will always and ultimately produce suffering and disaster. It happened in those three instances in the past and they serve as bad examples for us not to follow.

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    In 2 Peter 2:5 we observe:
    "But saved Noah, the eighth person..."

    How did Noah get to be the eighth person? There were seven others with Noah. There was Noah's wife, his three sons, and their wives. Note that the men only had one wife each. They did not go along with the world's condition of having more than one wife. They did not believe in idol worship or polygamy. And they believed God and were obedient to Him in other areas of their lives, as well. Noah was the eighth person to get on the ark. He was probably the last to get on before God closed the door. He placed others before himself. He was "other centered" rather than "self centered". He influenced his entire family for God. He was a preacher of righteousness. And because of his godly lifestyle and his rejection of evil, God mentions him in the bible amongst His heroes of faith:
    "It was by faith that Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about something that had never happened before. By his faith he condemned the rest of the world and was made right in God's sight"
    (Hebrews 11:7).



    In 2 Peter 2:22 we read that:
    Peter likened each false teacher to a dog or pig. It is a good possibility that Peter was influenced from the Old Testament scriptures- especially from
    Proverbs 26:11.

    Some of my thoughts on Second Peter chapter two. A couple of dangerous heresies:

    "But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God and even turn against their Master who bought them. Theirs will be a swift and terrible end. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and his true way will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction is on the way"
    (2 Peter 2:1-3 NLT).

    Why is false doctrine so dangerous? One must understand what false doctrine does. It presents lies for you and I to believe. What kind of lies? Christ is not God, or Christ is not the only way to Heaven, or Christ is not coming back again. These lies are extremely dangerous to one's faith. If you change the foundation of any building you will wreck the building on top of it. This is the reason earthquakes are so dangerous. It is the same for our foundation of faith. If these lies remove our foundation of faith then our lives may be spiritually wrecked. Backsliding may occur
    (Hebrews 6:6). This is the devil's will and not God's will.

    The heresy of gnosticism:
    Early gnosticism found root amongst some of the citizens of Asia Minor in the first century A.D. I would not be a bit surprised to learn that some of the teachings of this heresy tried to find it's way into some of the Lord's early churches. Just what did some of the gnostics believe?

    Briefly, some of the early gnostics believed that all matter is evil. Christ's earthly body was matter, therefore, He was evil. Therefore, they denied the deity of Jesus Christ. Undoubtably, this kind of doctrinal error- trying to get into the church- would have upset the Apostle Peter, and we can partly understand why he wrote this letter.

    The heresy of antinomianism:
    The false teachers were active, so what was the problem with their belief system? Many false teachers embraced the heresy of antinomianism in those days. What was that? It was a false teaching that stated: because of our freedom in Christ, we are free to sin as much as we want to. In other words it doesnít matter what you do with your body- you can go to heaven while sinning as much as you want to. Why? Because, legally, we are not under the Old Testament Law of God as a means of salvation. So, since we don't have to obey God's ten commandments (God's moral law) to be saved, then we have freedom in Christ, through grace, to live any way that we want to. We have freedom to throw away God's ten commandments. In other words, the moral law of God was in no way binding upon those who are justified by faith alone, so Christians are entirely free from the moral law of God.

    Did they have any scripture for their belief system? Yes. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He fulfilled the Old Testament Law
    (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15) but the false teachers lied and taught that Christ had abolished the Old Testament law.

    The problem with their lifestyle:
    They were missing the mark in several areas. The false teachers were far from proper in their behavior to God and their fellow men. Total freedom in Christ allowed them to have all of the sex that they wanted to with whoever they wanted to. Their error was to teach that they had an excuse for every kind of license to sin and that they had permission from God to grab as much money as they could because they were predestined to go to Heaven. If it feels good, do it! They taught that the law of the love of Christ and the daily cross of Christ for each believer does not apply to every Christian believer.

    There is a vertical part of the cross of Christ and a horizontal part of His cross. The vertical part shows mankind's relationship to God, while the horizontal part shows mankind's relationship to others. These two parts of the cross must stay in balance to one another. So, what was wrong with their belief system? This false teaching is off balance because we are not free to sin as much as we want to due to Christ's moral law of love. Each true Christian must take up the cross of Christ daily in self denial to follow Him. The Apostle Paul dealt with the issue of antinomianism:

    "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more kindness and forgiveness? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also share his new life. We are sure of this because Christ rose from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God. So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God's grace. So since God's grace has set us free from the law, does this mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness. I speak this way, using the illustration of slaves and masters, because it is easy to understand. Before, you let yourselves be slaves of impurity and lawlessness. Now you must choose to be slaves of righteousness so that you will become holy. In those days, when you were slaves of sin, you weren't concerned with doing what was right. And what was the result? It was not good, since now you are ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord"
    (Romans 6:1-23 NLT).



    One biblical scholar stated:

    "The reason that antinomianism is unbiblical is that there is a moral law God expects us to obey.

    This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome
    (1 John 5:3).

    What is this law God expects us to obey? It is the law of ChristĖ
    "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments"
    (Matthew 22:37-40).

    No, we are not under the Old Testament Law. Yes, we are under the law of Christ. The law of Christ is not an extensive list of legal codes. It is a law of love. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, we will do nothing to displease Him. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will do nothing to harm them. Obeying the law of Christ is not a requirement to earn or maintain salvation. The law of Christ is what God expects of a Christian.

    Our response is to consecrate our lives to Him out of love, worship, and gratitude for what He has done for us
    (Romans 12:1-2). Antinomianism is unbiblical in that it misapplies the meaning of Godís grace. This false teaching is contrary to everything the Bible teaches. God expects us to live a life of morality, integrity, and love. Jesus Christ freed us from the burdensome commands of the Old Testament Law, but that is not a license to sin, but rather a covenant of grace. We are to strive to overcome sin and cultivate righteousness, depending on the Holy Spirit to help us. The fact that we are graciously freed from the demands of the Old Testament Law should result in our living our lives in obedience to the law of Christ.

    "We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, "I know Him," but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did"
    (1 John 2:3-6).

    Antinomianism may be viewed as the polar opposite of legalism, the notion that obedience to a code of religious law is necessary for salvation. In this sense, both antinomianism and legalism are considered errant extremes.

    Of course, the New Testament anticipated this error, and dealt with it in several places. The New Testament teaching is that a Christian is freed from the law as a way of salvation, and in this sense a Christian is not under the law. Certainly that is true. No man can keep the whole law in order to be saved, because man is a sinner and so is incapable of keeping the law. However, the moral law of God continues to be our guide to holy conduct. A Christian is justified by grace through faith alone. He is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who enables him now to obey the law of God. This keeping of the law of God by a Christian is the evidence that he is justified and saved by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

    "For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord"
    (Jude verse 4).

    Antinomianism is a heresy that must be rejected. We are saved by grace through faith alone and we are saved and given power by God the Holy Spirit in order that we may keep Godís moral law. And keeping the moral law is the sure evidence that a Christian is justified by grace through faith alone. May God help us not to believe in antinomianism, but to believe in the true doctrine of the Holy Scriptures. Amen."

    Replacing God's truth (of His word) with false doctrine or heresy in our hearts can lead to immoral living. Why? Because folks get depressed or discouraged and have no hope. Satan is not a comforter and there is no love in him. He does not love you but wants to destroy you. He wants you to believe a lie that undermines your faith in God. If the foundation of one's faith has crumbled, one cannot properly trust in Christ any more- so he or she starts trusting in themself. And what is in each and every one of us? It is sin and depravity. It is not good to build the foundation of our life upon sin and depravity. If we build such a foundation it is like using using wood, hay, or straw as building materials
    (1 Corinthians 3:12-13). Or like building the foundation of our life on the sand
    (Matthew 7:26-27). So we need to stay spiritually strong and stand for Christ in truth and righteousness in these evil last days.

    Peter mentioned Lot:
    "...and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished"
    (2 Peter 2:7-9).

    I think that Peter mentions Lot because Lot was persecuted by scoffers. Sometimes, righteous individuals have to suffer persecution today. God's way is to deliver a person who trusts Him and hates evil. Lot was just in that respect, so God delivered him. In so doing, God also answered Abraham's prayers on behalf of Lot. God shows unmerited favor (grace) because of Who He is, not necessarily because of what we are. Noah and Lot stood alone for God in the midst of apostates, unbelievers, Satanists, idol worshippers, persecutors, and scoffers. Today, God will judge all such individuals if they fail to repent and turn from evil to God.



    Why does Peter mention the end times?

    It appears that Peter sees the Second Coming of Christ as the ultimate consumation of the age. The faithful to Christ alive at that time will be delivered out of the hour of trial that will come upon all the earth
    (Revelation 3:10). Our returning Lord will examine each true Christian's walk of faith and works of service
    (1 Corinthians 3:13-15). Meanwhile, in this present hour, Christ will help each of us to be overcomers over the world, the flesh, and the devil
    (1 Corinthians 10:13). God meets us in our trials and delivers us out of them. And how does God help us in our trials? The same way He helped Noah and Lot- by divine intervention. However, neither individual had an immediate deliverance. Each spent many years being persecuted and God may allow us to face long years of persecution or trial before He intervenes on our behalf. God is working out His plan in our lives. Delay does not mean denial. He knows how to deliver the godly. We can trust Him.



    Peter uses 3 examples of apostates in the past. These are examples of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We have to fight against all three of these forces in our daily, on going spiritual struggle.

    1) In 2 Peter 2:4 Peter mentions the disobedient angels who sinned. They are an example of how the devil works. The devil tempted these beings to rebel against God in the very beginning. Peter places the devil first, rather than the world, because Satan is the worst and is a powerful foe who each of us has to contend with. We need to put on the whole armor of God to do battle with this foe
    (Ephesians 6:10-18).



    What were the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah like?
    "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly"
    (2 Peter 2:6).

    The city of Sodom had a bad reputation. It was the den of Satan. It was known for it's affluence and immorality. The citizens of that city had outgrown their belief in God and had thrown away their moral compass. They had lost their fear of God and Satan was supreme in their hearts. Much like our contemporary society, those folks were entertained by sin. In the end, it turned out to be their fatal mistake. I believe that Peter is stating that the false prophets or teachers of his day were just like those folks. And they may be just the same in our day also. Those folks in Sodom and Gomorrah (and all false teachers) are used as an example for us NOT to follow. Let us put God first in our lives and live in righteousness.


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    2) In 2 Peter 2:5 Peter mentions the world of mankind in Noah's day. These folks were violent, ungodly, and immoral. They are an example of the world. Each of us has to fight against the evil world system that is antichrist to keep it's bad influences out of our lives, out of our relationships, and out of our churches.

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    3) In 2 Peter 2:6 Peter mentions the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The folks who lived there were reprobates who had little regard for God or His holiness. God burned those folks and their cities to ashes. They are an example of the flesh. Each of us has to crucify our flesh on a daily basis, stomp down the old man (put our spiritual depravity under our feet), and pick up our cross of self denial and carry it daily.

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    The Apostle Peter mentions the lack of character of the false teachers. I worked for a man one time who was like that. He was a general foreman over a construction crew that I worked on. He took over the job from another man who had just retired. He introduced himself to the workers and as I looked at him the Lord revealed to me that he was hollow on the inside. What did that mean? It meant that he had no substance, no courage, no integrity, no moral fortitude, could not be trusted, and was worthless. Wow, that was a lot to reveal to me at once. I worked hard for the man but kept wondering about him. It wasn't too long before I started to understand.

    He distributed the pay checks to the crew every Friday. Every Friday I would get one, but one Friday he gave a pay check to everyone except me. I asked him where it was but he said that he would get it for me the next week but he never did. Week after week went by without him giving me that pay check so I contacted a government official who got that pay check from him for me. Then he decided to reduce the wages of everyone on the crew. I think he did that so he could put the difference in his pocket. He played favorites to those who would make excuses for him while he went to town to drink alcoholic beverages. Some on the crew were angry about their reduction in wages and decided not to cover for him anymore, so when the big boss visited the job site he was told (not by me) where to find him. Our big boss found our foreman down at the local bar rather than on the job working. He was fired on the spot. He was, indeed, a man who was hollow on the inside. This incident helps me to understand the lack of character of the false teachers that the Apostle Peter is describing.



    7 steps toward Christian Maturity:
    virtue, knowledge, self control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.






    Chapter Three:

    In 2 Peter 3:1 he states:
    "This is my second letter to you"

    Peter states that he has written both letters. Each of his letters to us is a book of the bible titled First Peter and Second Peter.



    In 2 Peter 3:3 we question:
    What is the reasoning of the scoffers? Christ had not come, therefore, He is not coming. Is this accurate? No. Why? Because all of the signs for His soon coming have been fulfilled and nothing will stop Him when He decides that the timing is right.



    In 2 Peter 3:4 we read that:
    "The promise of His coming" refers to the Coming of the Lord (His second advent).

    The Old Testament prophets wrote about the coming of their Messiah to the earth to establish His Kingdom. Most of the Jewish Levites and priests understood this Second Advent but somehow failed to understand that their Messiah was to come in the First Advent as a blood sacrifice for their sins. The Old Testament sacrifices and many prophesies pointed to this event but they rejected it.

    Many apostles in the New Testament wrote about Christ's coming to take the church out of the world before the Great Tribulation Period. We will meet Him in the air
    (1 Thessalonians 4:17). The Day of the Lord will then come upon the earth in the seven year Great Tribulation period of time. After that time, Christ will come a second time to establish His kingdom on this earth. Christ revealed He would come again
    (John 14:2-4).

    "With God a day is as a 1,000 years,
    and 1,000 years as a day"

    "...a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day..."
    (2 Peter 3:8).

    The bible also states the same thing in Psalm 90:4. God is eternal. God invented time. God is not limited to time as is mankind.

    "My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the LORD. "And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts"
    (Isaiah 55: 8 & 9 NLT).

    God's time table is not our time table. He has a plan He is working out. It does not matter in what generation Christ returns as long as we stay spiritually ready for His return at any moment. He will keep His promise to return (as He has kept all of His promises) but in His own time.

    The world is on a collision course with destiny. As true Christians, let us not put all of our hopes, dreams, money, and effort on this world. Let's build for the next life and store our hopes, dreams, and money there. Why? Because this world and everything on it is going to go up in flames- all of it as we know it will be renovated with fire some day.



    "The Lord isn't really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent"
    (2 Peter 3:9).

    God is very patient. He is not in a hurry. He has eternity behind Him and also ahead of Him. To Him, so to speak, a thousand years may not seem like much. But the point that Peter is making is that the final judgment- the dissolution of the heavens and earth- is coming. In the meantime, God is giving all of mankind an opportunity to repent and turn to Him through the cross of Christ. At the present time, we are living in the period of great world wide evangelism and we should be sharing the gospel of Christ with others in fulfillment of His Great Commission
    (Mark 16:15-18).



    "But the Day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment"
    (2 Peter 3:10).

    At the end of the Day of the Lord the earth will be renovated by fire. Let's live for the Lord because everything on this earth is going to end. Time will end
    (1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 20:7-22:21). There is an old poem that goes something like this in reference to our eternal rewards:
    "Tis one life, soon will be past
    Only what's done for Jesus will last"

    Peter encourages them and us to keep on living holy lives for Christ.
    Don't let the devil stop you
    Don't let the scoffers stop you
    Don't let the false teachers stop you
    Don't let the wicked and immoral stop you
    Don't let the turbulence of the end times stop you



    In reference to 2 Peter 3:13:
    After we die what is the destiny of this earth? How will we be secure in that time and in that place? Peter assures us that as water purged the earth of Satan's servants in the days of Noah, so also will fire purge the earth again in the future. It will be a wonderful universe free of Satan and sin. This truth is taught elsewhere in scriptures:
    (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; Romans 8:21; Revelation 21:1 & 27). Only the righteous and righteousness will remain. When the destiny of this world is finished, we win!



    2 Peter 3:17:
    "I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends, so that you can watch out and not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people. I don't want you to lose your own secure footing."

    The apostles Paul and Peter knew that the church, like a ship, had to be properly anchored in order to survive the storm of apostasy that threatened to destroy it. And the only way that you and I can survive the present apostasy is to be anchored in Jesus Christ. Also we have to be anchored to God's holy scriptures, God's infallible word (the holy bible).



    Here are a few scriptures for further study:

    1 Thessalonians 2:12 1 Thessalonians 3:13 Acts 13:10 Acts 13:10
    Acts 14:22 Jude verse 5 Jude verse 10 2 Timothy 4:6
    2 Timothy 4:18 1 Corinthians 1:17 2 Samuel 23:2 Genesis chapter 19
    Psalm 119:140 Psalm 50:3 Matthew 12:45 Ezekiel 18:24
    Micah 1:4 Romans 2:4 Ephesians 4:13-15
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