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2 Peter 3, 1 John 1-2
Peter (see Peter's Ministry) concludes his second epistle (see Epistles) with a stark prophecy (that is found throughout the Scriptures, Old and New Testament - see the study links within this chapter) of what is coming upon all that is evil in the world: "3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men" (2 Peter 3:7 KJV). Why? "3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13 KJV).
Peter's reference to "new heavens and a new earth" was not merely speculation by Peter. Long after Peter was martyred, Jesus Christ described the same thing, "new heaven and a new earth," to the apostle John for his writing of the Book of Revelation (see What Does 'Apocalypse' Really Mean?). When all has been completed, the entire earth will be flooded with fire, just as it once was with water, long enough to purify it in preparation for God's coming: "21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV; see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth).
"3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds [see A Pure Heart, Conscience and A Brainwashed World] by way of remembrance: 3:2 That ye 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 Saviour:
1 John Chapter 1
The apostle John's first epistle may have been written while he was at Ephesus, either before or after (probably before) the time that he was taken (i.e. when The Lord allowed him to be taken) prisoner by the Romans and held on The Island Of Patmos (Ephesus, which became a major Christian center after Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD, was located on the west coast of Turkey, while Patmos was an island offshore - see the map below). Some believe that John remained in Jerusalem for many years, perhaps until the natural death of Mary before 70 AD (Mary was born approximately 20 BC; see Aunt Mary), but certainly no later than 70 AD when the city was completely destroyed by the Romans (see Fall of Jerusalem In 70 A.D., Titus Vespasianus and Pella).
"1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life [see The Author of Life]; 1:2 For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." (1 John 1:1-4 KJV)
All humans are sinners; that's why a Savior was required (see Why Blood?). It's even a sin, a violation of the Commandment Thou shalt not bear false witness, to claim to not be a sinner: "1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8 KJV).
"1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God Is Light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin [see Christ's Mercy Seat].
1 John Chapter 2
For those who believe that The Lord's Ten Commandments are "done away" (see Grace Into Licentiousness), John has a very plain answer: "2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1 John 2:3-4 KJV). See How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10.
"2:1 My little children [see Spiritual Conception and Born Again, How and When?], these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]: 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
"2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)
John answers the question about Many Antichrists?
"2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 2:19 They went out from us [see Falling Away], but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
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