“Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 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.” -2 Peter 3:14-18
2 Peter 3:14-18
-We’re anticipating the coming of Christ and the judgment of God, which makes us more diligent to be found in peace, without spot and blameless.
*In peace– Isaiah 26:3– at peace thinking on Him
I Peter 3:6– at peace
*Without spot– referring to character
I Peter 2:13– false teachers are spotty=opposite
*Blameless– referring to reputation
Acknowledge your sin and confess and repent = Hate Sin
-Desire holiness: avoid temptation, have fellowship with one another, get in the Word to find His will and be conformed.
Vs. 16– Refers to Paul (who warns). Equates Paul’s writings with Old Testament Scripture.
Vs. 17– Be careful with God’s Word.
How to stay stable and steady in the Word: stick with the Word and in it DAILY!!!!
Vs. 18– Grow (it’s a sign of life!):
-in the Word, in the fruit of the Spirit, in trust in Christ, in giving, in evangelizing, in seeing God’s hand at work in your life.
-in grace (saves and keeps us)
-in knowledge of our Lord and Savior
2 Peter 1:2– Grow in grace and peace (which is multiplied in the knowledge of Him).
*To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
When you do vs. 18, your life becomes a doxology!