We continue our
study this week of II Peter. Our theme has been centered around two
words which are ‘Remembrance and Apostasy’. We desire
to look at verses 1-7 which we have entitled “The Coming Of The
Lord”. This is a rather lengthy passage so let me ask you to
come to the study with your Bible opened to our text.
In verses 1-2
we see some ‘Stirring Thoughts’. In verses 1, 8, 14, and 15
we find the title ‘Beloved’. This is a name used by God the
Father for God the Son. This is a name of great endearment used to
refer to God’s people. The term means one who is of the same womb
or greatly loved love one. Peter doesn’t speak here to all but only
a few. He speaks only to the beloved.
In verse 1 Peter
tells us he desires to put us in ‘remembrance’. The word
means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, a continual blow
of a hammer so as to place in the mind as a memorial. His desire is
to stir up our ‘pure minds’. The word ‘stir’ means to
kindle a flame of fire that is capable of dying out if neglected.
Peter’s desire is to stir up our pure minds. The mind is the seat
of conscious perception, understandings, feelings, judging,
determining, and knowing. The word ‘pure’ has the idea of
being without mixture and sun tested. Oh, may our thoughts stand
the test of the light of the Son. The two instruments Peter used to
stir the minds of the people are the ‘preaching of the Word’.
and ‘the practice of commandment’. The Word was a Rhema
or a special Word and the commandment was the imposed decrees and
laws of God. If Peter felt in his day the need to keep the coming
of the Lord stirred in the people by preaching and practice, oh how
much more do we need it in this dark hour of His coming? John tells
us he that hath the hope will keep himself pure. May we be able to
cry with John of old, ‘Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus’.
We see from the
study of our text not only some ‘Stirring Thoughts’ but ‘Scoffing
Thoughts’. (Vs. 3) Peter tells us he is looking at the ‘last
days’. The phrase means the final moments of time. If Peter
felt he was living in the last moments of time surely we must be in
the final seconds of the eleventh hour. Children, it is just about
midnight and behold the bridegroom cometh. Some will say every
generation has talked about the ‘end of time’. Surely for
one generation soon it will be the end of times. We are told in
these last times ‘scoffers’ will come. The word means a
mocker, a teacher who makes a joke of the last days. He ridicules
or scorns those who believe in such a doctrine as the ‘Coming Of
The Lord’. Peter tells us ‘they walk after their own lusts’.
The phrase means to conduct ones life after the evil passions of the
mind. In verses 4-6 we are confronted with the ‘Scoffers
Scoffing’. They asked when ‘The fulfillment of the promise
of His coming’. We are told in Deuteronomy 30:3, Acts 1:9-11,
and I John 3:2 that He is coming, but the scoffer says we see no one
coming. They are ignorant of the changes in creation in verses
5-6. Our God has changed things so slowly that man has missed the
changes that point to the nearing end.
In verse 7 we see a
‘Sobering Thought’. We are told while man has been making a
joke about the coming of the Lord, our God has been storing up
judgment, wrath, and fire for this great day. I rejoice that I have
been made by the Spirit to believe in His literal coming. When fear
grips the scoffer and the world is on fire I will be safe from all
wrath. I will be with Him whose last earthly words were, ‘I will
come again that where I am there ye shall be also’.