In 2 Peter we’re warned that in the last days (since God’s Son became a man) there’d be scoffers mocking those who stand on the truth of God’s Word.
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water (2 Peter 3:3–6).
This passage tells us that scoffers in the last days will reject creation and Noah’s Flood—we certainly see that today with scoffers of the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. These scoffers "willingly forget" the truths of the history of God’s Word—they deliberately reject the truth despite obvious evidence.
But, in this same passage, God’s Word reminds us that He is long-suffering toward scoffers and not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9)—a reminder to pray for scoffers. Will you join us in praying for those who mock and scoff, that they will come to know the truth of God’s Word and the gospel?
Fame and Fortune Can’t Stop Death
The multitude of celebrity deaths in 2016 is a sad reminder that neither fame nor fortune can stop the inevitable, death, and the inevitability of standing before our Creator.
Genesis 5 says, “And he died . . . and he died . . . and he died”—death is inevitable, and it is vital to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ now. The gospel is the most important message you will ever hear in this life!
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8).
Life is short, and we need to be “redeeming the time, because the days are evil ” (Ephesians 5:16). Salvation in Christ is vital!
Take heed those who reject Christ: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 ESV). Death is not the end: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
Those who reject God can’t avoid death, and life is meaningless without salvation: “So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household’” (Acts 16:31).
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.