2 Peter 3, 1 John 1-2
2 Peter Chapter 3
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:
3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep [see What Happens When You Die?], all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [see Christ The Creator]. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished [see The Flood]: 3:7 But the heavens [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above] and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment [see When Will You Be Judged?] and perdition of ungodly men [see Sons Of Perdition In Prophecy].
3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day [see How Old Is God?]. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance [see Repentance and Remission of Sins].
3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night [see Could Christ Return Tonight?]; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up [see They Shall Be Ashes].
3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? [see Hydrogen] 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul [see Peter and Paul] also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked [see Reprobate], fall from your own stedfastness.
3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ [see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge]. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:1-18 KJV)
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].
1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1:9 If we Confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:5-10 KJV)
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.
2:3 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.
2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked [listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page].
2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth [see Awaken To The Light].
2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in Darkness even until now. 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake [see For Christ's Sake]. 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one." (1 John 2:1-14 KJV)
Do not love the world as it is, because it is still Satan's world (see Who Still Rules The World Today? and The End Of The World?). Those who love it will perish with it.
"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.
2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it [see Bulwarks Of The Truth], and that no lie is of the truth. 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father [see God's Wisdom]. 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life .
2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you [see Siren Song]. 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear [see Behold, He Cometh With Clouds], we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him." (1 John 2:18-29 KJV)
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