2 Peter 3: Beware lest you be led away with the error of the wicked

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2 Peter 3
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Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
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that you 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 Savior,
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knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
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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 creation."
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For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
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by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
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But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
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But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
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The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
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But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
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Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
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looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
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Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
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Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
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and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
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as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
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You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
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but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:1-7

That you 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 Savior

2 Peter 3:1-7
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Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
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that you 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 Savior,
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knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
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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 creation."
5
For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
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by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
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But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

  1. Why did Peter write this second letter?
    • 2 Peter 3:1
      Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
  2. What did he want them to be mindful of?
    • 2 Peter 3:2
      that you 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 Savior,
  3. Whose commandments did he want them to be mindful of?
    • 2 Peter 3:2
      that you 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 Savior,
  4. What do we need to know about the last days?
    • 2 Peter 3:3
      knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
  5. What will these scoffers be saying?
    • 2 Peter 3:4
      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 creation."
  6. What do they willfully forget about the flood?
    • 2 Peter 3:5
      For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
  7. What happened to the world in which Noah lived?
    • 2 Peter 3:6
      by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
  8. What are the heavens which now are, being reserved for?
    • 2 Peter 3:7
      But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2 Peter 3:8-9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance

2 Peter 3:8-9
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But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
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The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

  1. What are we not to forget about a thousand years to the Lord?
    • 2 Peter 3:8
      But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
  2. How is the Lord not slack?
    • 2 Peter 3:9
      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  3. Who is He long suffering to?
    • 2 Peter 3:9
      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  4. Who does the Lord desire to perish?
    • 2 Peter 3:9
      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  5. What does He want everyone to come to?
    • 2 Peter 3:9
      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:10-13

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up

2 Peter 3:10-13
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But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
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Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
13
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

  1. How will the day of the Lord come?
    • 2 Peter 3:10
      But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
  2. How will the heavens (atmosphere) pass away?
    • 2 Peter 3:10
      But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
  3. How will the elements melt?
    • 2 Peter 3:10
      But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
  4. What will be burned up?
    • 2 Peter 3:10
      But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
  5. What will be dissolved?
    • 2 Peter 3:11
      Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
  6. How should we conduct ourselves?
    • 2 Peter 3:11
      Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
  7. What day are we looking for?
    • 2 Peter 3:12
      looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
  8. What else are we looking for?
    • 2 Peter 3:13
      Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3:14-16

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless

2 Peter 3:14-16
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Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
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and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
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as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

  1. Looking forward to these things, how are we to be found by Him?
    • 2 Peter 3:14
      Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
  2. How should we consider the longsuffering of the Lord to be?
    • 2 Peter 3:15
      and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
  3. Who else had written to them?
    • 2 Peter 3:15
      and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
  4. In his epistles (letters), what do the unstable do with things that were hard to understand?
    • 2 Peter 3:16
      as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
  5. What results from when they twist the Scriptures?
    • 2 Peter 3:16
      as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
  6. What do they do with the rest of the Scriptures?
    • 2 Peter 3:16
      as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

2 Peter 3:17-18

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked

2 Peter 3:17-18
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You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
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but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

  1. Since you know this, why must you beware?
    • 2 Peter 3:17
      You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
  2. Who will try to lead you away?
    • 2 Peter 3:17
      You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
  3. How are you to grow?
    • 2 Peter 3:18
      but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
  4. For how long is the glory to Him?
    • 2 Peter 3:18
      but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.