Peter’s Last Sermon

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In the Last Days

My dear friends, this is now the second time I’ve written to you, both letters reminders to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention. Keep in mind what the holy prophets said, and the command of our Master and Savior that was passed on by your apostles.

First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of His Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”

They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God’s word. Then God’s word brought the chaos back in a flood that destroyed the world. The current galaxies and earth are fuel for the final fire. God is poised, ready to speak His word again, ready to give the signal for the judgment and destruction of the desecrating skeptics.

The Day the Sky Will Collapse

Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with His promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining Himself on account of you, holding back the End because He doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.

But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.

Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.

So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all His letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.

But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!

 

By Peter’s count, it’s only been two days since his last sermon to the church.

Has anybody been watching the History channel lately?

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4 responses »

  1. Har-de-har-har-har!! 🙄

    Yes. And the shows they’re broadcasting on The Last Days have been very interesting. They’re collecting all the discovered prophecies from ancient peoples and seeing many “disturbing” similarities. Of course, that’s why 2012, the movie, was made (although I haven’t seen it, I understand it’s based on the Mayan calendar).

    I find it intriguing. And a bit suspicious…

  2. From my perspective as an Atheist I find some very good guidance in Peter’s last sermon.
    Most importantly that we should live each day as it it might be our last.

    “But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers.”

    How do we decide which teachers we should listen too. By my understanding of Christan doctrine that would be your indwelling Holy Spirit.

    Use what Jesus gave you as the best way to stay on the path he intended for you. Do that and you will be prepared for the end of your days, whenever that comes.

  3. Hey, Ed. You stated:

    How do we decide which teachers we should listen too. By my understanding of Christan doctrine that would be your indwelling Holy Spirit.

    Peter explains in the first chapter that we have a sure word of prophecy and we do well to pay attention to it. He also states at the beginning of this chapter (2 Peter 3), “Keep in mind what the holy prophets said, and the command of our Master and Savior that was passed on by your apostles.” Which would be the Bible. The second chapter is about false teachers and how to spot them: their characteristics.

    So yes, as you say, our Teacher is the indwelling Holy Spirit AND the scripture. You see, Peter made the point that no scripture was a matter of man’s own interpretation, but that it is God-breathed (1:21). We also have teachers/pastors to whom we are to listen, but we aren’t to swallow they’re teaching whole. We should know the word of God well enough, ourselves, that we don’t fall for any false message. For it is prophesied that in the Last Days many false teachers will come.

    I tend to think we’re at that point in time. And we really need to know what The Word has to say. Paul explained in 2 Thessalonians that a deluding influence would come upon mankind toward the end, and that, if it were possible, even the believer would be led astray. So we need to know the truth inside and out.

    And you said perfectly:

    Use what Jesus gave you as the best way to stay on the path he intended for you. Do that and you will be prepared for the end of your days, whenever that comes.

    😀

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