Lesson 138

"Grow in Grace and Knowledge of Jesus"

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1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 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.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9  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.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 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? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 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.
17 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. 18 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.

Lesson No. 138 "Grow in Grace and Knowledge of Jesus "

Book of Second Peter, Chapter 3                               02/24/2013        


1)      Peter starts Chapter 3 with a recap of his mission.  What is it?  (Hint- verses 1 and 2

2)      Peter then warns his generation and ours what will happen in the end times.  Verses 3 and 4 tell a tale of waiting for who?  What makes this seem like it's not going to happen?  (Hint- verse4)

3)      A recap of creation, the great flood, and the promise of what's to happen at judgment is given in verses 6 and 7.

4)      Peter then says something very interesting, that has been used and misused by Christians and non-Christians regarding the 'timing' of world and heavenly events- what is it?  (Hint- verse 8)  Is he really giving a formula for 'time'?

5)      The real proof is in verse 9; why does Peter say that the Lord has not returned?  Remember, they were expecting the Lord's return any minute!.

6)      The entire 'end times' prophesy is given here in verse 10!

7)      Given it's all going to end soon, what does Peter say about our conduct?  (Hint- verse 11)

8)      Verse 12 speaks of final destruction, but what does verse 13 talk about?  The new heaven and new earth can't happen without the old passing away.

9)      Peter brings it all back to home in verses 14 and 15, and shares Paul's thoughts on death and rapture; what are they?

10)  Peter says that some of these things are hard to understand, leading to damnation, but is it more than that, right?  (Hint- verse 16)

11)  He closes with a warning, that if we know these things, we will not 'fall from being steadfast'!  (Verse 17)

12)  Pastor Peter ends with timeless words in verse 18- how do you plan on 'growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ'?