by the Spirit - Part 1
V. 5 ** What is their problem? What is the first thing that escapes
their notice, which leads them to this faulty conclusion?
The world was created by the Word of God. They do not recognize God
as the Creator of all things. Sounds like today! This is the greatest
problem with evolution. By taking God out of the creation
equation, men try to remove Him from the judgment which is rightfully
due upon their sinful lives.
V. 6 ** Peter now gives us the second thing which amazingly escapes
their notice, what is that?
The great flood, the flood of Noahs time, the flood of judgment
against sin! They are ignoring the fact that God does judge sin and
is going to do it again!
V. 7 ** How is Gods second cataclysmic judgment against
sin going to be different from the first?
...the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved
for fire... What God did the first time by judging sin with the
flood, He will do in the future by consuming the world in fire!
** Besides the heavens and earth, what else will be consumed by Gods
The destruction of ungodly men.
V. 8 ** Ok- We have seen The Prediction and
The Problem, what is The Promise?
Before we answer that, Peter interjects an important characteristic about
Gods uniqueness and utter distinction from man. What is it?
God exists outside of time! He sees one day or a thousand years as
the same. He created time for our benefit. In the beginning
refers to the beginning of time and creation.
cf. Genesis 1:1 and John 17:5
V. 9 ** Since God exists outside of time, is He slow about bringing
judgment upon sinful men?
No - He is not slow, but patient! What amazing grace! We as sinful
people rightly deserve Gods wrath, but He chooses to be patient
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