Dec. 1. Last Coming of Christ Reaffirmed

II Pet. 3:1-18

A major area of false teaching that plagued the church was concerning the last coming of Christ. There were many scoffers who contended that since He had not returned by that time, He was not going to return. According to them, Christians were looking for something that wouldn’t happen.

Peter reminded his readers that the prophets and apostles had spoken about Christ’s coming and that there would be scoffers who would question His return. He also reminded them of the promises God had made regarding the flood during Noah’s day and that the same word of God will destroy the heavens and earth by fire at the time of the judgment.

God and man do not perceive time in the same manner. “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Peter pointed out that God will keep His promises, but is withholding the time of judgment in order to give mankind more time to repent and come to Him.

Jesus’ coming is described as being sudden and without warning just as a thief does not notify his victim of his plans. Peter described the end of time, “In which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”

Faithful Christians are promised new heavens and a new earth without sin. In view of the sudden and complete destruction, Peter admonished his readers to be prepared without spot or blemish at all times.

Peter referred to the writings of Paul regarding being prepared for the judgment. He stated that some had taken some of Paul’s writings and twisted them to teach otherwise.

In concluding his letter, Peter again strongly urged his readers to beware of those who would lead them into error. Following error would cause them to fall from grace. He reminded them, “To grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”