August 27. 2017

2 Peter 3:10-13  "This World Will End"

In our text today, we hear Peter once again talk about the return of the Lord.  He lets us know that His return will come quickly and without warning.  Now in the  midst of him saying Christ will return, he says how a Christian should live in our world today.  He says we should live a holy life in that he means a pure life; a life with a focus on spiritual values.  He also says live a godly life; a life that wants the world around them to see Jesus in them.  Let us hear Peter and be the godly person our Lord wants us to be.

August 20, 2017

2 Peter 3:1-9  "Where Is He?"

After stressing the point of being watchful of false teachers in chapter 2, now Peter turns to the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  The persecuted church always has found comfort in the fact that someday Christ will return for the church and evil people will then face the horrors of the tribulation and then judgment by God.  Peter says very clearly that the process told of such a day and Christ did also.  So when someone tries to put doubts in our minds remember what God has said.  He also reminds them, remember what God has done by His creating this world and also at the time by His hand of destruction.  So remember He will come back and destroy this present earth and heaven.  To us today, do not let the world get to you because someday Jesus will come for His church.

August 13, 2017

2 Peter 2:18-22  "False Christians"

In this second chapter, Peter keeps on the offense against false teachers.  I don't know about you, but I like his passion for the truth of the Gospel and his strong attack on false teaching.  Sometimes in trying to not offend anyone we preachers tiptoe around such matters, but not Peter.  My opinion is we need to be more like Peter on this matter, not so much attacking a person, but the message that is put out by certain religious groups.  In this text, he zeros in on the heart of the real problem.  They have purposely rejected the Gospel so an blind men they have no ability to see the truth.  Let us hear Peter once again as he exposes false teaching.

August 6, 2017

2 Peter 2:10-17  "Brute Beasts"

Peter continues with his words of judgment on false teachers.  We can ask, why is Peter so outspoken about false teachers.  Since I like to keep things simple, we can find answers that are clear and come close to us today.  False teachers come to us by men and women who claim to be spokespersons for God and truth.  They are religious on religious TV.  They write religious books.  The problem is their teaching has errors in it that pervert the Gospel.  When that happens, the people who think they are getting right with God are only falling further and further away from God.  Because they believe a lie they also do not accept God's plan of salvation.  So Peter expresses to us a condemnation these false teachers will face when they meet the righteous Judge.  Let us find ourselves in God's Word so we can know truth and not be deceived by a false teacher.

July 30, 2017

2 Peter 2:4-10  "Judgment Is Coming"

In this text, Peter once again lets us know that evil and those who do evil will be judged  Last time, Peter talked about false teachers, now he says those who lead people to hell by their false teaching will face a judgment that is sure.  He gives three examples from the past where God judged evil and evil people.  By doing this, he is letting us know no one gets by with their sinful ways.  The only hope for any of us is to turn to God's grace and find salvation and forgiveness by what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  So let me ask, do you know Jesus as your Savior?  Are you trusting Him?  If not, to miss judgment you need to do so today.