2 Peter 3: Will You Flee From Lusts?
Verse of the Day: (V3) “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.”
1. Own Lusts (V1-9)
V4 “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
Those who profess to believe in God but have never believe in Him with their hearts will eventually walk after their own lusts and face His judgment as in the days of Noah when He destroyed all, except eight souls, with a great flood. However God is longsuffering and is always waiting for all to come to repent their sins and believe in Him with their hearts, so that they shall escape eternal condemnation and be with Him in heaven forever.
V9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
2. Own Destruction (V10-16)
V12 “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
God promised the people that He shall not destroy the world with the great flood again, but shall destroy them with great heat if they continue to rebel against Him. Indeed, God shall not only judge and destroy the unbelievers but also the professing believers who seemingly know His Word, yet refuse to obey them, and thus face their own destruction.
V16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
3. Own Stedfastness (V17-18)
V17 “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.”
Finally, Peter, who denied Jesus thrice, repented his sins and became an Apostle of Jesus, admonished all who believe in Jesus to grow in grace and in His knowledge so that they shall not fall into wickedness but shall be stedfast and abounding in His work and Word.
V18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to grow in grace in You, and flee from lusts and sins.