Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Scoffers and the Last Days

The Bible tells what God thinks about scoffers. He says they are deceitful. Peter tells us to know this first. In 2 Peter verse 3 it says that scoffers shall come during the last days that "walk after their own lusts." The Bible tells us to walk with the Lord.

In verse 4, they question the Lord's coming back and say everything is like it always was since creation.  In verse 5, he explains they are ignorant by dint of will because they are "wilfully ignorant." It takes an act of the will to believe or to disbelieve. We are responsible for our acts of will. The scoffers are ignorant by choice. Dint has some interesting synonyms: effort, strain, exertion, and struggle according to Thesaurus.com.

The Bible says that the fool says there in no God. But by effort of will and scoffing they strain, struggle, and exert themselves against the word of the Lord.

He continues in verse 5: "For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth out of water, and through water, consisting by the word of God."  Verse 6  "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished." So things haven't always been the same. He eludes to the biblical flood. He explains that everything exists by God's word which the scoffers don't believe.

Verse 7 continues saying the world that now exists will perish in fire, but for now it exists by God's word, and is retained for judgment of the ungodly and their perdition.

Peter finishes by warning the believer not to be ignorant. He says to understand that 1 day and a thousand years are the same to God. He is patient and doesn't want anyone to perish. What seems like a delay to people of the Lord's coming isn't a delay, but a display of God's patience. He wants all to repent and come to Him.

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