2 Peter 3-Building a Christ-Like Character

2 Peter 3-Building a Christ-Like Character

           We finished last with v. 1 “I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” “stimulate you” comes from the idea of waking up fully (from sleep to fully awake). Wake up to what? In chap. 1, it was to build a godly character and chap. 2, it was to what is false and true. Chap. 3 is to wake up to “the day of the Lord.” This concept is found 24 times in the OT and 6 in the NT. The book of Zephaniah alone has 7 references to “the day of the Lord” (1:7, 8, 14, 18, 2:2, 3).

There are two kinds of people that react to this warning to wake up.

1.  Those who say the Lord is coming right now. Why do anything? True. The Lord is coming but we should not react by escaping from the world, do nothing, and wait for the coming of the Lord (approach of the Essenes-separatists who lived in caves)

2.  Those who have the attitude of 2 Peter 3:4 

But things have NOT always been the same. Things change all the time (society, technology, even the church).  The analogy of history also is in harmony with the prophecy that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. (The case with Nineveh, Babylon, the ancient Accadian civilization, the Roman Empire when it fell to the Northern barbarians).

      Our life is really short compared to all eternity. Time is really important to us but time is not an issue for God. The Lord keeps His promises (2 Peter 3:8). The Bible is not an abstract book. Everyone can understand the basic truths and grow in its grace and knowledge. Christ promised to come again in person to judge the world. He said, “Behold, I come quickly.” Long cycles of history have come, yet still He has not come. Now how do we reconcile this truth? Just as Peter did here. He faced the same objections that we face everyday. 

1.  WHAT IS THE PROMISE? 

a.  The Promise of His coming shows us the nature of the patience of God

     The principal of God’s patience with mankind is found in Scripture (to the righteous and unrighteous)

            a. God is not obliged to be patient with mankind.

            b. God gives us patience even when we are questioning His justice. Job was so patient a man himself, though it was not easy (Job 21:7, 8). Jonah challenges God’s patience (Jon. 4:2).  

b.  The promise of His coming shows us the nature of His wrath. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises…”  

c.  The promise of His coming shows us the nature of His grace. This is the primary reason for God’s seemingly delaying His promise.  

d.  The promise of His coming will have an end. certainty and suddenly

 2.  WHAT SHOULD BE OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE?

Persons are endowed with intelligence and will; they discern both right and wrong. The world exists for persons. Creation is for God, not God for creation. “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath “elements” shall be “dissolved”; but “persons” will continue “to be.”

1) “holy and godly lives.” The word is plural. This is simply the way you conduct yourself. Godliness is a principle of the heart. 

2) “looking forward to this.” The word means watching and waiting with expectancy. 

3)  The 3 fold guiding principle of 2 Peter  Three times Peter uses one word to describe this meaning “be diligent.” Make every effort to add to your faith (1:5). Be all the more eager to make your calling sure  (1:10). Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him. (3:14)



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