The Second Coming of Jesus - Part 1 (2 Peter 3:1-7)

Bob SchultzBob Schultz, May 27, 2012
Part of the 2 Peter series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

This week we begin a new chapter in our study of II Peter by looking at 3:1-7. In this passage, we will uncover four facts that point to the certainty of God’s impending judgment at the second coming of Christ so that we would be reminded of these things.

The whole chapter is a beautiful paradox that deals with the judgment of God and the patience of God. As Peter has written, “Be on guard so that you are not carried away be the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness.”

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2 Peter 3:1–7 (Listen)

3:1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

(ESV)

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