31 Jan 2021 Sunday Morning Service
2 Peter 3:1-14
9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
9:2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.
9:3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
9:4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
9:5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.
9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.
9:7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”
9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
9:9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you
9:10 and with every living creature that was with you–the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you–every living creature on earth.
9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
9:12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:
9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
9:14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
9:15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
9:16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
9:17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
3:2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3:3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
3:4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
3:5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
3:6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
3:7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
3:11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
3:12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
3:14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.