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2 Peter 3 Class #7

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When the day of the Lord does come, it will be unexpected like a thief in the night. A mighty conflagration will dissolve the heavens and the earth with all its works. In anticipation of such things, Christians are to focus on holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening that day when God’s promise will be fulfilled of new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (10-13).

We should view the longsuffering of the Lord as opportunity for salvation, even as Paul wrote in his epistles of such things (though unlearned and unstable souls have twisted his words to their own destruction, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures). With admonitions to beware lest they fall, and to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus, Peter brings his second epistle to a close with a doxology to Christ (14-18).

Review Question #1: God, through His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.
YES
Review Question #2: What spiritual graces are we to add to our faith?
Virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love
Review Question #3: Lot was oppressed because he could not live in Sodom.
NO
Review Question #4: How will false teachers exploit people? By covetousness, with deceptive words
Review Question #5: False teachers are able to allure others by speaking great swelling words of emptiness.
YES
Review Question #6: How did Peter seek to stir up his readers’ minds?
By reminding them of the words of the prophets and the commandments of the apostles
2 Peter 3:12–14 ESV
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
Despite the end of the world, what do we look for according to His promise? (13)
New heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells
Looking forward to such things, about what should we be diligent? (14)
To be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless
2 Peter 3:15–18 ESV
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.
We should view the longsuffering of the Lord as salvation? (15)
YES
Who else wrote about such things? How? (15-16)
Our beloved brother Paul
According to the wisdom given him
What do the untaught and unstable do with the writings of Paul? (16)
They twist them to their own destruction
Knowing such things beforehand, what warning does Peter give his readers? (17)
Beware lest you fall from your own steadfast, being led away with the error of the wicked
Peter's final admonition to his readers is to retire after 10 years in the faith and wait for the coming of the Lord.
NO
2 Peter 3:18 ESV
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.

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