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2 Peter 3:7-13 – Eschatology and Ethics

| July 3, 2015

Outline A – Promise of the Lord – Present Heavens and Earth (3:7-9) B – The Day of the Lord – Heavens and Elements Dissolved (3:10) C – How We Should Live in Present Heavens and Earth (3:11) B’ – The Day of the God – Heavens and Elements Dissolved (3:12) A’ – Promise of […]

2 Peter – Chiasm

| July 3, 2015

If the theme of 2 Peter is “make every effort to confirm your calling and election (1:10),” which is our part; then that fits in with the chiastic middle which is God is able to rescue the godly (2:4-10a), which is God’s part. A – Peter Teaching Knowledge (1:1-2) B – Make Every Effort to […]

2 Peter 3:3 – You Are What You Do

| June 10, 2015

You Are What You Do 2 Peter 3:3 “Scoffers will come in the last days to scoff (2 Pet.3:3).” Scoffers will scoff and mockers will mock. People are named after what they do. A carpenter does carpentry. Teachers teach. Lawyers practice law. Years ago last names were based upon occupations. My last name, “Hall,” comes […]

2 Peter and Jesus #1 – Blindness

| May 27, 2015

Blindness is a familiar theme in the gospel accounts. The word tuphlos, which is found in 2 Peter 1:9, is found only four times outside of the gospels (Acts 13:11; Rom.2:19; 2 Pet.1:9; Rev.3:17), but 46 times in all the NT. That leaves 42 times the word is used either literally, prophetically, spiritually, ethically, or […]

2 Peter 3:15-17 – Fault Yourselves Not God’s Word

| May 19, 2014

My mind is small, and I am thankful to know it is. While others see conflict between the writers of the Bible, where one NT writer might have grown past another NT writer’s knowledge, I see my ignorance. I wait to discover the yet unknown. Because I cannot yet understand is no excuse to accuse […]

1 Peter 3; 2 Peter 3 – Water Is Essential to God’s Theology

| December 12, 2013

According to Peter, water plays an important role in God’s theology. God’s word says the earth was made from water and was destroyed by water (2 Peter 3:3-6). So water is literally part of both physical creation and destruction. Not coincidentally, both of those times the world was immersed in water. Corresponding to that reality, […]

2 Peter 1:5-7 – A Most Difficult Virtue

| April 17, 2010

It appears that there is a virtue that is very difficult to obtain and retain while acquiring other equally needed virtues. That is part of the paradox of this spiritual quality. It is needed to attain other qualities, but those other qualities might remove the foundational virtue and thereby remove the added ones also. Maybe […]

Matthew 7:15-20 – False Prophets

| February 22, 2010

The “false prophets” of Matthew 7:15 are “inwardly ravenous wolves” (Ezekiel 22:27; Zephaniah 3:3). That says something about their intentions. They were obviously not sincere. The “sheep’s clothing” (5:15) is a ruse to deceive that eventually will be seen as a disguise revealed by their works. You can fool people for only so long. Twice […]

Romans 6:16-20 – I Am A Slave

| January 2, 2010

My ancestors were slaves.  Taken from their home country, they were delivered to their new master.  Their children became slaves, and their children’s children became slaves. I am white.  No, the few words above are not about white slavery, or black slavery, or any other kind of racial or nationalistic slavery.  The few words above […]

Proverbs 1:2-7 – The Importance of a Godly Education

| October 13, 2009

What is the importance of a Christian education?  As Christians we need a “Christian education.”  As Christian parents we should strive to teach our children what we have learned from our studies.  And as parents we should also emphasize the importance of getting our children to Bible Classes and to church services so that they […]