2 Peter 3:3–4
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 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.”
As Peter begins to make his point about the faithfulness of God to His word, he quotes the scoffers of his day and of all generations backward and forward. Scoffers to the word of God are nothing new. 2000 years ago men were scoffing the word of God. As theological history began to be recorded, there were scoffers in the first century who tried to reason away the incarnation of Christ. (They denied that He came in the flesh. These were called “Gnostics.”)
Scoffers continued to denounce the word of God and Martin Luther spoke against them proclaiming justification by faith alone. The Reformers were burned at the stake for speaking against the religious scoffers of their day. When Christians, who were baptized as infants into the denominational church, realized that they need to be saved as adults and that New Testament baptism happened after salvation, they went to the river to be baptized. The church they were baptized into came out and drowned many of those re-baptizers scoffing the gospel they believed.
The Scopes trials were a public scoffing of Biblical truth. No, nothing has changed. The enemies of the word of God, who are enemies of God Himself, continue to scoff the word of God. They ask, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” In other words, “if God promised to come and to make a new heaven and a new earth, why hasn’t He come yet? If God promised to return and make it all new and right, what is taking Him so long? Maybe He isn’t coming. So then, if God isn’t coming then what are we worried about, let’s live as we want, it isn’t going to matter anyway.”
My friends, beware of the scoffers of the word of God. They are in error and in God’s time, not ours, their error will be made manifest. Until then, do not lose heart nor faith. God is God and does not share His glory with another. God is God and all that He has said will come to pass. He has not forgotten us in our affliction nor will He leave us alone. He has given us His word, His Son, and His Holy Spirit. He has built His church of which we are a part and He is coming again for His church, His chosen ones, who will be taken, raised from the dead, into eternal life with Him. Remain faithful amidst the scoffers.
Kim Lavryk was in church Sunday and asked prayer for a few things. She really wants to find a new place to live. The place she is living is not working out for her. Finding a place for Kim is a true challenge in every sense of the word. Pray with her about this. She asks prayer for the activity director at her facility; Natalie has had brain and leg surgery. Kim has an unspoken request and she thanks the church for the monthly support we give to her. Do remember our sister Kim in your prayers. Pray for her family to come to Christ. She is very burdened for them all.
Pray for Mark D’Agistino as he suffered a concussion Sunday night. The family went to the Dells and he hit his head while out playing. The doctor has ordered Mark off of work for a week. Pray for Mark’s recovery as well as the protection of his job. He hasn’t been working for Scotts for very long.
I will be speaking at Sunrise at 10:30 and always need prayer when the word of God is preached.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS