2 PETER (#6)
There's a Great Day Coming
by Bob Young
Text: 2 Pet. 3:7-11
Throughout 2 Peter, throughout the Bible, we have repeated promises of the coming of Jesus. The OT and NT are filled with such promises--1845 OT references, 17 OT books give prominence to this theme, 318 NT references, 1/30 of all NT verses. In the New Testament, 23 of the 27 books focus on this great truth in one way of another.
God has been telling us of the second coming of Jesus for at least 2000 years, and even longer through the OT prophets. Jesus Christ told us of his coming before he left this earth.
Peter makes clear…
There is a day appointed when earth will be destroyed by fire (there are two different words for "destroy" used in 2 Peter 3).
Many choose to deliberately ignore this great truth, but it is to be remembered, an event to avoid. A destiny to anticipate. In this chapter we read about (1) Denial, 3-5; (2) Destruction, 5-7; (3) Delay, 8-9; (4) Destiny, 10-12; and (5) Diligence, 11-18. We will organize these five themes under two headings and a conclusion.
That day will be a day of judgment.
That day will be a day of destruction for the ungodly.
I. Jesus is coming.
A. Some deny His coming, 1-5
The commands and words of the Bible are sure
B. The Bible affirms his coming.
Scoffers will come, consistent with prophecies of the past
These scoffers are worldly, they are the essence of denying Christ.
These are willfully ignorant.
Christ will come again, v. 4
God demonstrates his presence on earth even today, 4b
Remain in hope, do not be deceived into thinking that because he has not come that he will not come.
There is much confusion in the world today because the Bible uses the concept of Jesus' coming in various ways. Jesus came as a human being. Jesus is said to come in judgment, as to the churches of Revelation. But the great truth is that Jesus is coming again.
II. A Day of Judgment is coming.
A day of judgment is certain (Eccl. 12:13,14; Heb. 9:27; Acts 10:42; 17:31). It will be a great day for those who are prepared. It will be a day of destruction for those who are not prepared.
A. Destruction is sure, 5-7
B. God's delay is evidence of his mercy, 8-9
The promise of fire.
Certain judgment against ungodliness.
Earth is destined for destruction, 3:7a
Since God exists, there is judgment and eternity, 3:7b
Vs. 8 is often misunderstood, with regard to time references.
C. That dreadful day of destiny is sure, 10-12
The promises are still certain.
God desires salvation for all, cf. Also v. 15.
But it will yet be unexpected
The destruction of the earth
Dissolved with fervent heat
A Description of That Day
When that day comes, we will be part of the greatest crowd ever assembled.
All must appear, 2 Cor. 5:10.
All who have ever lived.
The Lord is the righteous judge, 2 Tim. 4:8
You and your family will be there.
When that day comes, the greatest, fairest, best judge will preside.
There may not be justice in our court system, but in that day, all will be fair.
The books were opened and another book, Rev. 20:12
All will stand on their own record, books opened.
All will receive justice, not mercy.
When that day comes, the Bible will matter.
The words of Jesus, Jn 12:48
When that day comes, there will be both rejoicing and dread.
The Bible will be unchanged, Mt. 24:35.
There will be separation.
Today every person can choose to stand with the Lord and be saved.
The importance of following Jesus will be clear.
Only Jesus can cover our record with his blood.
Only Jesus can provide the basis for mercy, not justice.
When that day comes, the most important verdict of any person's life will be rendered.
Everlasting punishment, eternal life, Mt. 25:46
When that day comes, the destiny will be final, eternal, forever.
Come ye blessed, depart from me
The verdict will announce the eternal destiny of all who have ever lived.
Give diligence therefore, 11-18
Verse 11, holiness, godliness, become a certain kind of person
Verse 13, righteousness
Verse 14, peace, spotless, blameless
Verses 15-18, grace and knowledge: wisdom (15), requires effort (16), caution (17), we can still fall (18).
I want to be with Christ and all the redeemed of the earth. I want to meet those led to Christ here. I want you to go with me. I want to see you there. Will you give diligence?
Last updated April 19, 2020