In chapter one, Peter challenges believers to never stop growing in godliness and Christ-like qualities. Then, in chapters two and three, he pivots towards the corrupt teachers who were denying the return of Jesus and final judgment in order to justify their immoral behavior. To make his case he follows a rabbinic formula of proof, which moves from a minor to a major premise.
It goes like this: if A is true, how much more so is B true also. Using that formula, he pulls from notorious events in biblical history to knock it out of the park. Moreover, their knowledge of the gospel will actually make them more culpable on the final day of judgment which, by the way, is coming!
The allegation that the delay of Jesus disapproves the expectation of his return demands a response. The false teachers needed to be silenced, but the young churches also needed to be shepherded through the delay. After all, they were living through the first wave of organized persecution against Christians during the reign of Nero, a wicked Roman emperor. The question initially raised by the corrupt leaders would have become inescapable in the minds of these persecuted Christians. Why did Jesus delay when such palpable evil was ruling the day? Just look at the world around you.
Evil is rampant. The innocent are oppressed while the wicked prosper. High rise moguls get rich while the assaulted are shunned.
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Peter begins by reminding his readers how the Scriptures warned there would be scoffers in the last days who depart from truth and follow sinful desires. They purposefully overlook the fact that God had intervened before, both in the account of creation and the flood, and that he would surely intervene again on a final day of reckoning for the unrighteous and rescue for the righteous 2 Pet.
He then moves to his central argument on how to understand the delay of the parousia in verses The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
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Some of the additional verses describing the second coming, resurrection of the dead, millennium, and final judgment are located in Acts , 1 Thessalonians and Hebrews There are over 6 billion people on the planet. If this is true, over ,, people will vanish from the earth simultaneously according to Matthew There will be no mistaking when Christ comes back for His Church! N…No One Knows When. In Matthew , Jesus said only God the Father knows when.
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God is outside time. God already knows every prediction regarding Jesus' return that has ever been or will ever be made. Second Coming of Christ - The "D" is for "Doubters" As we get closer and closer to the Second Coming of Christ, there will be increasing and widespread doubt about whether Jesus even existed. People will also start wondering if God really exists and believers will leave the Christian faith 2 Thessalonians , 1 Timothy , and 2 Peter Do you think we're already seeing these signs?
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What do you think? God , the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus , the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried , and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, " Jesus is Lord ," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
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