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11/22/2017

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Wlllfully Forgetting


"For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men"  (2 Pet.3:5-7).

For those who mocked Christians because they believed a judgement day was coming needed to take into account three factors... First was that God had judged the world previously, and what he had done in the past He could do again. Secondly, scripture tells us that God holds the world accountable, and accountability implies a judgement. Thirdly, the present world is reserved for judgement by fire. This continues only because it is being upheld by the word of Christ and until judgement comes, the ungodly are reserved for that judgement. During the antediluvian world of Noah, this judgement would be mentioned three times in Peter's letters. (1 Pet.3:20, 2 Pet.2:5; 3:5-6)... Though 2 Peter parallels the epistle of Jude in several ways, for some reason Jude does not mention Noah. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Peter's readers were Jewish, and having known Noah, they would have accepted the premise that God judged the ancient world with water. When the false teachers and mockers claimed that the world had remained unchanged from the days of the fathers, they were willfully unmindful of the flood... For them and us, Peter concludes that his and our present heavens and earth are moving toward a fiery conclusion. Why? Partly because God reassured Noah after the flood that he would not destroy the world in this manner again. The message is clear about the coming judgement. Jesus called the world to believe in Him so that their fate would be that of living with Him and the Father forever. Just as with the false teachers and mockers, no one should ever willfully forget...

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