1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are delighted you tuned in to this program.
3. We are at the very end of a series of messages from 2 Peter,
4. and Peter’s last words are about the return of Christ.
5. In 2 Peter 3:10
6. he tells us the return of the Lord will be sudden.
7. Over the past several messages,
8. we saw Peter’s intense appeal to true believers.
9. He exhorts them to get out of the places where they are being misled by false doctrine.
10. He exhorts them o expose false teachers who are denying the Scriptural authority.
11. Now, in 2 Peter 3:10 to 18,
12. just before he dies a martyr’s death,
13. Peter concludes his last Epistle with a reminder that the Day of the Lord is coming.
14. In verse 10,
15. Peter says when the Day of the Lord comes, it will be like a thief in the night.
16. This is a very revealing description.
17. A thief does not call you first to say that I am coming.
19. A thief comes when people least expect it; when they are totally unsuspecting.
20. From a spiritual perspective,
21. when people are so busy with their work,
22. when they are busy with their daily life and planning for their earthly future,
23. when people are totally consumed with their wants and with their needs and with their desires,
24. when people are completely oblivious to a holy God Whose voice has been mocked,
25. at that point, He will come.
26. There are going to be very few people who are truly waiting for Him.
27. Remember this--
28. Peter heard, with his own ears, the Lord Jesus Christ to be saying, in Matthew 24:44,
29. that the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.
30. Peter heard the Lord with his own ears when He said,
31. “If the man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be broken into…”
32. and Peter explains that, on the Day of the Lord, heavens will pass away.
33. Here, he is referring to the atmospheric heaven and, possibly, the stellar heaven.
34. and, when the atmospheric heaven explodes,
35. there is going to be such a noise as the world has never heard
36. and the earth will burn up.
37. What an incredible and incomprehensible event!
38. The word used in this verse means "consume utterly." It means nothing will remain.
39. What an awesome event!
40. Everything your eye sees has a stamp on it that says, "To be burnt."
41. All of the cities of the world have a stamp on them, "to be burnt."
42. The magnificent mountains have a stamp on them, "to be burnt."
43. Some of you may be listening to me today who do not like to hear about the Day of Judgment,
44. but Jesus tells us about a man who did not like to hear about the Day of Judgment
45. and he was making big plans for his life;
46. but Jesus said to him,
47. “Oh, fool. Tonight, your life is required of you and to whom will you leave all of this?”
48. The world has come to know that it is not only possible for the earth to burn, but it is a real possibility.
49. Peter says it is not only probable, but it is absolutely certain
50. and it is part of God’s master plan
51. and, therefore, we must plan for it. We must prepare for it.
52. In verses 11 and 12 of 2 Peter 3,
53. Peter gives us two ways to live to which we must pay heed.
54. Since all things are made for destruction, what sort of people ought we to be?
55. First, we are to live lives of holy conduct.
56. Peter spoke about holiness a great deal, both in 1 Peter and 2 Peter.
57. To be "holy" means to be set aside
58. and, when you are set aside, it means that you are meant for God’s use only.
59. When your tongue is set aside, it means that you will bless and not curse.
60. When your mind has been set aside, you will think good thoughts, not evil ones.
61. When your time is set aside, you will spend it in serving, encouraging and uplifting—not gossiping and tearing down.
62. Peter says you must live a godly and holy life.
63. Secondly, you must live a life of expectancy of the Lord’s return.
64. Jesus tells the parable about ten young women.
65. Five were foolish and lived the life of self-pleasing
66. and they were not adequately prepared for the groom’s return;
67. but the five wise ones were looking for his coming and were adequately prepared
68. and, when the bridegroom came,
69. the five wise ones went to the wedding.
70. The others stood on the other side of a closed door, weeping in sorrow.
71. Peter tells us that the reason the Lord has not yet come is because of His longsuffering;
72. but, then, he said we can hasten the Day of the Lord.
73. How do we hasten the Day of the Lord?
75. by praying for it.
76. We can ask the Lord daily to bring His Kingdom to fulfillment.
78. by making Him known so people may repent and turn to Him.
79. Peter said
80. believers are not called to bask in the sunshine of God’s Kingdom.
81. We are not given the privilege of being brought into salvation so that we can keep it as a secret to ourselves.
82. Jesus wants us to bring others to know Him and receive salvation,
83. and Peter is saying this is how we can hasten the Day of the Lord,
84. and the way we do that is to see to it that the Gospel is known to everyone.
85. In verse 13,
86. Peter tells us that the destruction of the earth and the heavens should not depress us.
87. If we know the Lord,
88. if you have put all of your sins under His cleansing blood,
89. you should be happy and excited and look forward to the Day of the Lord.
91. Peter gives us the answer in verse 14.
92. Peter says
93. “…because you are in peace and without blemish or spot.”
94. My listening friend, let me ask you a question.
95. Are you at peace with yourself?
96. Are you at peace with your brothers and sisters in the family of Christ?
97. Then Peter also said, "blameless."
98. How can we be blameless?
99. It means that, when you sin, you confess it.
1. You don’t rationalize it or hide it.
2. You don’t cover it up by saying, “Well, I'm not as bad as this person.”
3. Confess it and be truly repentant.
4. That’s what "without blemish" means;
5. then, he said, "without spot."
6. "Without a spot" means that you have covered your sin only through confession under the blood of the Lamb.
7. Peter is offering you one chosen path today.
8. It’s the only way that will bring you peace and make you blameless and without a spot
9. and that can only come from the Lord Jesus.
10. In fact, this peace is in contrast with the destruction that will come to those who twist and pervert the truth of the Word of God.
11. In verse 16,
12. Peter tells us of the same great truth which Paul dealt with in all of his Epistles.
13. What are these truths?
14. My listening friend, please listen carefully--
15. the truth of the new birth,
16. the truth of Jesus as the only way to cleansing our sin,
17. the truth of the deity of Christ,
18. the truth of His life of sinless suffering,
19. the truth of His substitutionary death,
20. the truth of His resurrection,
21. the truth of His ascension,
22. and, now, Peter deals with the truth of His coming again:
23. the Day of the Lord and the eternal estate.
24. Peter tells us that many of these truths are difficult to comprehend with our finite minds.
25. It is hard to understand truth like the Trinity.
26. It is hard to understand truth like the mystery of suffering,
27. but this should not disturb us.
29. Peter said because the Word of God is infinite and inexhaustible,
30. but there is a day that is coming in which you and I will comprehend all truth;
31. not only that, but, one day, we will even understand why these things are kept from our eyes.
32. In the last two verses, Peter is building to the climax of his letter.
33. His message is clear.
34. False teachers will lead you astray;
35. their end is destruction, for the Day of Judgment is coming;
36. so, as he closes his letter, Peter says, in verse17,
37. "Remember what you know.
38. Don’t be fooled by false teachers.
39. Be steadfast.
40. Watch out.
41. Be on guard.
42. Flee from evil."
43. Finally, in verse 18, he says
44. the way you’re going to be strong and not fall is to grow in grace and in knowledge.
45. How do you grow in grace?
46. To "grow in grace" means that you become more like Jesus every day.
47. Grace flows from Him and you cannot receive it if you are not spending time with Him.
48. When He hung on the cross,
49. His grace was manifested
50. when He looked up to Heaven and He said, “Father, forgive them.”
51. Have you forgiven those who have wronged you?
52. If you have someone that you cannot forgive, then you are not growing in grace.
53. Then, Peter said that you may grow in the knowledge.
54. "Knowledge" here does not mean head-knowledge or information,
55. but it means intimate knowledge.
56. Are you growing every day in knowing God?
57. Are you growing every day in knowing His character?
58. Are you growing every day in knowing how He works?
59. Are you growing every day in knowing how He deals with you?
60. Are you able to hear His voice?
61. Are you able to distinguish between His voice and the voice of Satan and the flesh?
62. Test what you know by the Word of God
63. and, then, obey Him without counting the sacrifice.
64. Jesus is coming back
65. and, when He does, will you be ready?
66. It is my prayer that I’ll see each one of you in Heaven.
67. The Lord wants you to come to Him.
68. Will you give Him your life right now?
69. You can pray this simple prayer with me.
70. “Lord Jesus,
71. I want to go to Heaven.
72. I come to You now,
73. confessing my sin,
74. repenting of my sin.
75. I receive You as my Savior.
76. I will follow You as my Lord.
77. Thank you for the assurance of Heaven.