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The Problem

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 Noah’s 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 God’s 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 God’s fiery judgment?

The “destruction of ungodly men”.

The Promise

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 God’s 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 God’s wrath, but He chooses to be patient toward us.

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