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2 Pet. 3:1-10 SOMETHING YOU CAN TAKE TO THE BANK
Intro: There aren't too many things in this old world that you can
actually count on. However, the promises of God are some things that we can, Heb. 6:18.
Take, for instance, the last recorded promises in the bible from the lips of the Lord
Jesus, Rev. 22:20. In this verses, Jesus make it crystal clear that He is going to return
to this world. Most folk refuse to accept this truth as fact, but that doesn't change a
thing! Jesus said that He was coming again, and He will! You can take that to the bank!
All me to share with you 3 reasons from this 3rd chapter of 2nd
Peter that give me absolute assurance of the fact that Jesus is coming again.
I. V. 1-2 THE ASSURANCE OF THE SCRIPTURES
(Ill. Peter speaks of the Word of God in verse 2 and calls it to witness
to this great truth.)
A. The Bible Is A Perfect Book - 2 Tim. 3:16 It
is the absolutely perfect revelation of God's will to mankind. You can count on the Word
of God! Therefore when something is written in the Bible, you can consider it forever
settled - Psa. 119:89.
B. The Bible Is A Prophetic Book - Throughout
the Bible, there are prophecies presented and fulfilled, over and over again. In fact,
there were over 300 prophecies given in connection with the first advent of Jesus, and all
of those 300+ prophecies were literally fulfilled. (i.e. His virgin birth - Isa. 7:14; His
birth in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2; His humiliation and death - Isa. 53; His resurrection -
Psalm 16:10, etc.) The Bible is a book of prophetic content!
(Ill. The New Testament speaks of many different matters. We all know
how important the notion of the New Birth is, but did you know that it is only mentioned 9
times in the New Testament? We Baptists are big on baptism, but it is only mentioned 20
times in the new Testament. Even the great doctrine of repentance is only confronted 70
times in the New Testament. However, in the 27 book of the New Testament, which is divided
into 4 categories: Historical, Pauline Epistles, General Epistles, and Prophetic, there
are over 380 references to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Somehow, I get the
impression that it is an important doctrine to the Lord! After all, He devotes 1 out of
every 25 verses in the New Testament to the Second Coming. Some of those prophetic
passages are: John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:16-18.)
C. The Bible Is A Preserved Book - every word in
this Book will literally come to pass. God will see to it that none of His Words fall to
the ground, Isa. 55:11. He will see that it gets the job done - Matt. 5:18; 1 Pet. 1:25;
Rom. 4:21. Even the parts about the Second Coming!
I. The Assurance Of The Scriptures
II. V. 3-7, 10 THE IGNORANCE OF THE SCOFFERS
A. V. 4 Their Doubt - They deny the reality of
Christ's coming. Their reasoning? Nothing has changed! Spring still follows winter, summer
spring and fall summer. All things continue as they have for ages. (Ill. They fail to
realize that God is not bound by time as men are. In truth, Jesus has only been gone about
2 days, v. 9.)
(Ill. If you dare to declare that you believe that the Bible is the
inspired, inerrant, infallible you had better be prepared for ridicule. People think that
we old fashioned fundamental Bible believing Baptists are crazy. They kind of smile at us
as if to say, "It'll be all right! One day you will be enlightened like the rest of
us." Others believe that we are a dangerous element. Some would like nothing better
for all Bible believers to be locked away from the rest of "normal" society.
Ill. I may be a nut, but at least I am screwed onto the right bolt.)
B. V. 4-5 Their Denial - These scoffers base
their doubt on their denial of God's revealed truth. It begins with something so basic as
creation. Men deny creation, which is testified to by the Scriptures, then from there, it
is easy to deny everything else God says. If the first 11 chapters of Genesis are not
true, then nothing in the bible is worthy of our faith.
(Ill. Regardless of what the scoffers say, the world did not come about
as the result of a big bang. Man, and the animal kingdom, did not evolve from some sort of
primordial soup. We are not the offspring of some germ placed here by traveling space
aliens. God made this universe by the very Word which He spoke - Genesis 1 - 11 times
there is the phrase, "and God said..." No, this world
did not come in with a bang, but it is going out with one!)
(Ill. God help this foolish society which had been tricked into
believing the devil's lie! Unless children learn the truth at home and at church, they
have no hope! For, if the evolutionists are right, then you might as well live for the
devil, have a big time and live it up, because when you die you're just like the dogs. You
simply cease to exist. Well, that is what they wish was the truth.)
C. V. 4-7 The Discovery - Why are men so quick
to deny the plain teachings of the Scriptures? Why do they seem so eager to invent fables
to explain away truths that are so clearly taught in the pages of Scripture? Simple! The
problem is not one of the head, but it is one of the heart. It isn't that they can't
understand, it is that they do not wish to. Notice verse 5, "willingly
ignorant", verse 3, "walking after their own lusts." If man admits that
there really is a God and that this God has given us a perfect revelation of Himself in
the bible, then he will have to bow before God, repent of His sins and submit to God or be
eternally damned! You see, if you can dispense with "Thus saith the Lord", then
there are no absolutes, there are no standards of right and wrong and nothing is off
limits! (i.e. abortion, homosexuality, free sex, drunkenness, drugs, etc, all become all
right if there is no God.) That is why we have the doctrine of evolution! There is no
basis of scientific fact behind it! Man is simply looking for a way around the clear cut
teachings found in the Bible. Because, if we admit that there is a God, then verse 10 must
be dealt with, for if there is a holy and righteous God, then there must also be a great
day of reckoning!
(Ill. The Elements - Literally, "the elementum" the
"smallest part." In modern terms: the atom! Atomic power is all around us this
evening. Even the very breaths we take are filled with highly flammable and explosive
gases. The water, which covers 75% of this earth's surface is composed of gases so
explosive and volatile that any molecular change would result in the total destruction of
a. Oxygen - Oxygen is required for all combustion. It
is what fire feeds on. Take away the oxygen and the fire dies, turn it on and the fire
flares. Yet, with every breath, we pull this highly explosive material into our bodies.
b. Nitrogen - Nitrogen is the component that makes
dynamite, TNT and nitroglycerin explosive. Yet, every day we gulp massive quantities of
nitrogen in the air we breath. Cannot the same God who made these elements and combined
them in such a way that they do not explode, also change the mixture and cause them to
explode? Of course He can!
c. Table Salt - It is 1/3 Sodium. Sodium by itself is a
gray, putty like substance. It must be kept in kerosene or it will explode. If a drop is
placed in water, it will result in a violent fire. Yet, we eat it every day!
d. Water - It is composed of Oxygen and Hydrogen. Both
extremely explosive, yet combined in a manner that makes them safe. All God has to do is
speak the Word and the chemical arrangement is altered and the world a huge fuel dump.
Yet, we drink this life giving substance every day.
e. The Atom - When the atom is split, a change reaction
is set in motion that has the power to level cities and vaporize men. Yet, we are all made
up of atoms.
f. The Earth - The earth has been compared to a
globular egg with a hard crust covering a semi-liquid center. In scale, the earth's crust
is the same thickness of a egg's shell when compared to the vast sea of lava under it.
There have been times when this lava has burst forth and killed thousands. Yet, we walk on
this thin crust every day and trust in the safety of the earth.
(Ill. V. 7 - "reserved unto fire" = "reserved with
fire." In the very building blocks of creation God placed the elements essential to
bring about a fiery end to this world. Could not the God who made this world also cause it
to burn? Certainly!)
(Ill. The world was created in the beginning and it will be cremated in
the end! In that day, all that will matter is your personal relationship with the Lord
Jesus Christ! Because as bad as the thought that this world will ultimately be destroyed
is, the reality of an eternity in Hell is infinitely worse!)
(Ill. Just let the scoffers have their day. It doesn't change the fact
that Jesus will come again! You can take that to the bank!)
I. The Assurance Of The Scriptures
II. The Ignorance Of The Scoffers
III. V. 8-9 THE PATIENCE OF THE SAVIOR
A. God Is Punctual - He isn't slack, or tardy as
others would be. God is a God of order and of punctuality. He will come when the time is
exactly right for doing so. Men look at the delay and wonder why Jesus hasn't come. The
answer is easy! It simply isn't time. When it is time, He will come. He will not tarry
then, but will come swiftly and will judge decisively. God always shows up exactly when He
is supposed to!
B. God Is Patient - "Longsuffering" =
"Long Tempered" The reason God tarries is because He is giving lost men and
women time to repent and to turn to Him. God doesn't want anyone to die lost and to go to
Hell. He wants all men to be saved so that they can spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
Therefore, He waits and He loves and He calls and He gives mankind opportunity after
opportunity to get right with Him.
(Ill. Thank God for His patience in allowing me and you to get in!)
(Ill. One day, God's patience will be exhausted, and He will return to
this earth. Then, it will be too late to repent, but there will be nothing more to look
forward to but an eternity in Hell! Ill. Heb. 10:26-27! Therefore, please do not presume
upon the patience and grace of God. One day, there will be no more time - Gen. 6:3)
C. God Has Promised - He will come again, just
as He said He would. I am of the conviction that this coming will be in 2 stages. First,
He will appear in the clouds and catch away His Bride and take her away to Heaven, 1 Thes.
4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-52. Then, after a seven year period of tribulation here on the
earth, I believe that Jesus Himself will return in great glory and will defeat the armies
of the Anti-Christ and will establish His throne from which He will rule and reign for a
thousand years, Rev. 19:11-21. Whatever the sequence of events, the primary response from
man needs to be that man readies himself for that hour - Matt. 24:44.
(Ill. Jesus is coming again, and you can take that to the bank!)
Conc: With all this in mind, are you ready to meet Him? If not, I'd sure
get ready! When we hear a message like this, it ought to make lost people realize the
terrible danger they are in and cause them to run to Christ in repentance. It ought to
stir the hearts of God's people and make us want to get as close to Jesus as we can get so
that in the time remaining, we might be used by Him to touch this world. There are
multitudes all around us who have never received Jesus as their Savior. You might be the
one to reach them. Now, let's search our hearts and if there are issues that need to be
settled, let's bring them to Jesus and get right for the flight. Because, Jesus is coming,
you can take that to the bank!
Sermon By Alan Carr
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