Devotional Day 16
2 Peter 1-3
By Pastor Jeffrey Walsh
17 You, therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
As you navigate this present world Peter advises we should be cautions and watch our step. You are the beloved (a much-loved person)! And since you now know you are much loved, let us heed to the direction of the one who much loves us. Peter reminds us of the preciousness, power, and promise of God (1:1-4) as well as the marvelous transfiguration (1:16-18). Most importantly, and due to current events, we must heed chapter two.
Because we are much loved, we are given much information about things that would lure the “much loved” people away. Whenever we love someone, sincerely, we also warn those people thoroughly because we don’t want them hurt.
Peter ends his letter talking about this present world. Peter reminds us to remember the great truths.
1. The truths spoken by the Old Testament prophets (3:1–2a)
2. The truths spoken by the New Testament apostles (3:2c)
3. The truths spoken by the Savior himself (3:2b)
Knowing these great truths we will then not be misled by what is spelled out in (3:3-9)
A. The derision (3:3–5a): Peter warns that scoffers will appear during the last days.
1. They will falsify the facts concerning the future fire judgment (3:3–4): They will say, “Jesus promised to come back, did he? Then where is he?”
2. They will deliberately forget the facts concerning the past flood judgment (3:5a).
B. The destruction (3:7, 10, 12b)
1. The fact of this destruction (3:7): The same God who once sent the flood will one day send fire.
2. The fury of this destruction (3:10, 12b): It will utterly consume both earthly and heavenly elements.
C. The delay (3:8–9)
1. The timelessness of God (3:8): A day to him is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day.
2. The tenderness of God (3:9): He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish.
For all this, Peter ends again stating: …knowing this beforehand, be on your guard "WATCH YOUR STEP" so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.