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Shameless And Still Sinning

2 Peter 2:13-14

How do you recognise a false teacher, or spiritual deviant who infiltrates the church? Peter has already pointed to their heresies and lies (

The Madness Of Folly

2 Peter 2:15-16

While a few people are intentionally evil, most do not set out to be wicked. This probably applies to the well meaning politician, the ambitious professional, the hard-working trader, and the compassionate spiritual leader. Yet many dabble in sin, are entertained by evil and consider alternatives to truth. This is because human nature is perverse and instinctively resistant to God and His Truth. So, along with everybody else, we are all tempted to play with fire.

Empty Promises

2 Peter 2:17-19

This chapter of the Bible does not seem full of encouragement, but it is intended to encourage Christians to stay 'on track'.

Worse Than Ignorance

2 Peter 2:20-22

It seems that some of the false teachers described by Peter had been accepted as members of the church, and in fellowship with other believers. Having analysed their behaviour and motives in this chapter, he now makes one of the 350+ apostolic conditional statements starting with "if". These are a very important part of Biblical theology because they stimulate us to think clearly about holy things (

Thinking Christianly

2 Peter 3:1-2

In the 1940s Harry Blamires wrote, "There is no longer a Christian mind. There is still, of course, a Christian ethic, a Christian practice and a Christian spirituality" (from: The Christian Mind: how should a Christian think?). He was, and is, right. Likewise, John Stott has encouraged Christians to 'think Christianly'. But the idea is still remote to many; even though Peter wrote about it two millennia ago.

Facing Mockers

2 Peter 3:3-7

Although the civilised world is supposed to be a tolerant place, Peter is quite direct: scoffers will come (John 15:18-19)! It is all related to the nature of the Christian faith.

Merciful Patience

2 Peter 3:8-9

God is infinitely bigger than the watch or diary. He does not have the little human horizon which cannot see clearly beyond the present, because He sees all the future and the whole of eternity in a single glance. But although God is outside of time, He knows every tiny detail of what will happen from now until eternity, and that includes the return of Christ. The fact that Jesus has not yet returned as judge does not mean that He will never come; it just means that there is a little more time for the world to prepare for His arrival.
 

All Of A Sudden

2 Peter 3:10

When Jesus returns, there will be more warning than if a thief visits your house.

What Is Left After The Fire?

2 Peter 3:11-12

Fire is so destructive. It will consume whatever burns and melt whatever will not. Nothing is untouched or unaffected. When God's day of destruction comes, every possession we cherish will be lost for ever. All our earthly props will have no value at all. Even the planet itself cannot be saved. All the time and effort spent on 'improving' our lifestyle will count for nothing. Only our souls will remain, with the character we have formed from our deep desires. The godly will be seen for what they are, and the wicked will be totally exposed.
 

Longing For Home

2 Peter 3:13-14

Everybody who travels away from home and loved ones experiences a recurrent thought, "I am so looking forward to going home!" And that should be every Christian's longing too.

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