For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,“ we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:16-21)
The Lord Knows How • Peter is encouraging faithful saints • Peter is comforting faithful saints • Peter is giving assurance to faithful saints • The Lord knows how to deliver the godly and judge the ungodly.
There Will Be False Teachers • But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:1-3)
Heaven • For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; (2Pe 2:4) • Angels are greater than men (2 Pet. 2:11) • Angels are God’s servants (Heb. 1:13-14) • God judged the wicked angels (Matt. 25:41) • God saved the righteous angels
The Ancient World • if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:5). • God saw their sin (Gen. 6:5) • God was grieved about their sin (Gen. 6:6) • God judged them for their sin (Gen. 6:7). • God saved Noah and his family (Gen. 6:8). • God tried to save all who would listen (2 Peter 2:5). • Noah and family remained faithful.
Ancient Cities • if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); (2 Pet. 2:6-8). • God went down to see (Gen. 18:20-21). • God was trying to save them (Gen. 18:23-33). • Lot and daughters remained faithful (2 Pet. 2:7-8). • God saved the righteous (Gen. 19:12-25).
The Lord Knows How • then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
21st Century America • God’s nature has not changed • God’s character has not changed • This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:5-7).