LAST WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PETER CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY: In 2 Peter the third chapter the Eighth thing Peter reminds his listeners of is that he is not alone in giving these admonitions and warnings. He reports that the Apostle Paul writes about these same things and evil people distort what Paul is saying which leads to their own destruction. One of Satan’s tools is to bring forth evil people to distort and argue against God’s Word. Satan is a liar and he is determined to deceive the world through lies. At this time in history we need the people of God who will stand on God’s Word and proclaim it widely to a lost world that is being deceived by Satan’s messengers. Ninth, this chapter is a warning to fellow Christians so they will not fall into the error of evil people and jeopardize their own position in Christ. The more you know of God’s Word the less likely you are to be deceived by false prophets and religious leaders and their lying literature.
Finally and tenth, Christians are encouraged to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Peter says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen,” (2 Peter 3:18 NIV). What a fitting conclusion to what Peter has said in the two epistles. When everything is boiled down to the very essence of our lives what we really need to do is grow in our relationship with Jesus. It is because of Jesus giving His life on the cross that we can have our sins forgiven and receive eternal life. It is because of Jesus and His gift of the Holy Spirit that we have the power to live holy and righteous lives. It is because of Jesus that we will eventually be in His presence forever enjoying life with all the saints of all generations and all the heavenly beings that God has created. In light of all we know about what the future holds and about the one who holds the future we should be excited about growing in our relationship with Jesus. And He has given us the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to help us in growing in that relationship. Praise God from whom all blessing flow.