First and Second Peter

1 Peter

1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle [apostle means servant] of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

God the Father had determined to call out people to qualify as a part of the collective bride for the Son, from before the foundations of the earth.  

It was already decided and therefore foreknown by God, before the world began; that God would call out a people and test them to choose a fit collective bride for the Son over the first six thousand years of humanity.  It was foreknown that many would be called out to sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ by God the Father; and Set Apart to becoming godly by the Holy Spirit.

1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Peter is writing to the elect saints who were called by God the Father and were sanctified by the Holy Spirit to keep the whole Word of God.; Called Out of sin to obey God and covered by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, the blood of the New Covenant; the sacrifice of Christ.

The Mosaic Covenant was ratified by the sprinkling of animal sacrificial blood on the people. And the New Covenant is ratified by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ upon the people; Jesus Christ the Lamb of God being our sacrifice.

Grace meaning the forgiveness of God, that we would be forgiven all our iniquities and that the sincerely repentant should be reconciled into a peaceful relationship with God the Father. and with other faithful like minded brethren through their individual unity with Christ.

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

The perfect life and perfect atoning sacrifice; signified as being accepted by God the Father through the resurrection of Christ back to the glory he had before he gave up his God-hood to be made flesh; is the seal of our salvation, if we are faithful and filled with Christ-like zeal to love and to keep the whole Word of God as Christ did.  If we remain faithful and zealous we shall likewise inherit eternal life and an incorruptible spirit body, and many other spiritual blessings.

1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

The faithful to zealously live by every Word of God are reserved to eternal salvation by the Awesome Power of our Mighty God.

1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith [including the works of faith] unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

WE have a hope of a resurrection to spirit and eternal life, and we have a proof of that hope by the reality that Jesus Christ was resurrected and given eternal life.

If we keep the whole Word of God and love God enough to seek to please him with a whole heart, enduring all things to the end of our lives;  we will receive an inheritance of an incorruptible and undefiled spirit body.

We are kept faithful by GOD’S power and not by our own strength; we MUST remain in unity with God!  Which unity with God comes through faith in God and the works of faith, not only believing but being DOERS of the WORD, internalizing the mind and nature of God in us, through the uncompromising keeping of the whole Word of God!

Salvation will come as the seventh trump begins to sound – BEFORE the seven last plagues are poured out – when the faithful overcomers are chosen and  resurrected.  Salvation comes when the chosen are resurrected to life as spirit and given the gift of eternal life and presented to God the Father.  

Our trials are to be accounted precious for they are forming us into the kind of people that God wants us to be, perfecting us in godliness.

1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Our faith is much more precious than gold that perishes, because God is creating in us, through testing, trials and the development of our faith: The very nature of God!

God is developing a godly nature and faith in the faithful; which is going to last for eternity.

Faith means to believe, to trust, and to act on that belief, to do what God says and wants; which results in the salvation of our souls, our lives. We are saved by the grace [forgiveness] of God by our sincere repentance and the application of Christ’s sacrifice, and by our willingness to turn from sin towards our God and the diligent keeping of every Word of God.

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Being called out of sin to God, believing and acting on that belief to sincerely repent and commit to sin no more, and adding to our belief the works of faith which is obedience and the keeping of every Word of God (Mat 4:4), brings eternal salvation trough the application of the sacrifice of Christ!

1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The prophets prophesied of Christ and salvation through Christ’s perfect life and sacrifice, and the resurrection of the faithful to life eternal; all being the gift of God.

1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [mercy] that should come unto you:

The Spirit of Christ and God the Father was in all the prophets. And the Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit of God; which is the very mind and nature of God; which if we follow it to zealously internalize the nature of God which is the whole Word of God, we shall be resurrected to spirit like Christ was resurrected.

The Holy Spirit was in all the prophets, signifying that God had called and put his spirit in many, many people since Abel; since the very beginning, and showing that God has called certain people throughout all of history to be his people, and to be a part of a New Covenant which was made official in 31 A.D. with the acceptance of Christ for us as our High Priest by God the Father.

This gift of God’s Spirit to the ancients – Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, John Baptist and so many more – reveals that the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread picture the calling out of a kind of first fruits of the New Covenant for six thousand years followed by a thousand year Sabbath of rest in the presence of the Creator.

Those people [called out before Christ was sacrificed] were called in faith, looking forward to the sacrifice of Christ. And now we who are called in this latter day, can look backward in faith that Christ was resurrected and sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest of the New Covenant.

1:11 Searching [the prophets tried to search out and understand these things] what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The Spirit of Christ was in all the prophets and men of God from righteous Abel; revealing that all the prophets and apostles, the whole Word of God; was inspired by the Creator Jesus Christ!

The Word of God was inspired by Jesus Christ to the prophets who wrote God’s Word for OUR instruction.  The prophets did not understand much of what they wrote, which things are now being explained by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in these last times.

God has promised that very much understanding would be sealed until the very last days; and would then be revealed at the very end, and what has been forgotten would be restored in the last days by his servants.   

This “Sealing” and “Revealing” is more explained more full in Revelation 5.

Those who reject the increase of understanding promised by the scriptures, preferring to cling to error and false traditions; are rejecting truth and are rejecting the Word of God.

Daniel 12:9   And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. 

Daniel 12:4   But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

1 Peter 1:12 Unto whom [God revealed his Word unto the prophets] it was revealed, that not unto themselves [not for the prophets who did not understand what they were writing], but unto us they did minister [serve God in writing these things for us in our time] the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the [even the angels did not know until Jesus overcame and rose to heaven to unseal these things and then reveal them to us on his own schedule] angels desire to look into.

The prophets wrote the Word of God throughout history without a full understanding. And a complete understanding of these prophecies and the gospel were reserved for the very end time.

We in this very last time just before the tribulation and the resurrection to spirit, are not to be slack about the precious jewels of wisdom that God is revealing to us in these latter days. 

In the very last days of this society we are being given a knowledge and an understanding of the Word of God that was the earnest desire of the prophets themselves to know. 

Those who love the Eternal, embrace these truths with great joy and gratitude to God for HIS revelations, but the wicked reject the truth and the increase of godly knowledge which was promised by our God so long ago.

We are to dedicate ourselves to a godly diligence to become holy as God is holy, to become like God, by internalizing the whole Word of God within ourselves through an enthusiastic zeal to learn and live by every Word of God.

1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober [be serious about our calling], and hope to the end for the grace [forgiveness for sincerely repented sin] that is to be brought unto you at the revelation [coming of Christ and the resurrection to spirit] of Jesus Christ;

Let us be obedient to God our Father [as the law commands us to honor our fathers] in heaven, not following our own ways, but being diligent to live by the whole Word of God, (Mat 4:4); so that we might internalize the very nature of God which is defined by the whole Word of God; to become just like our Father in heaven!

1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Peter is writing to us; that we should be holy as God the Father is holy and as Christ is holy. The Father of course keeps his own Word and the son, Jesus Christ said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments.” And we are also to keep their commandments through the power of their spirit in us.

1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work [according to God’s Word], pass the time of your sojourning here [in the flesh] in fear: 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

We have learned and lived by the vain false traditions of our fathers; out of which we have been  called by God the Father and redeemed by the blood sacrifice of our Creator.  Therefore let us put aside all past error and false traditions; let us love [agape love] and embrace the truth and the whole Word of God with joyful enthusiastic passionate zeal!

1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Let us live our lives  in the knowledge that we will be judged by God the Father, judged by every Word of God according to all our deeds. We will not be judged by what some man says about God’s Word.

Every individual has a personal responsibility to put God first. And we are to test everything that any man teaches by the standard of God’s Word, because it is God’s Word by which we will be judged.

We should fear God and not men. There is a great deal of fear in the Church of God regarding the ministry and organizational authorities. People are afraid to question, afraid to speak out, afraid to prove things out by God’s Word; and that is wrong.

We are to fear God and not men, for it is God who can destroy both body and spirit in the lake of fire. No man can do that. Do not be intimidated by men, no matter who they claim to be or how high and mighty they might think of themselves. They are nothing compared to God. And we will each be judged by God and God’s Word, not by what any man says.

We are not redeemed from the vain traditions of our elders by corruptible things. Our redemption is not with gold or silver or by the blood of lambs or goats or bullocks.

We are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, the very Lamb of God, perfect and without blemish and without any spot of sin.

Yes. Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God, who has slain from the very foundations of the world, as it is written in Revelation. This was, as Peter says in Verse 20: “Foreordained before the foundations of the world” that Jesus Christ would atone for the sins of humanity his creation. It was all part of the plan from the very beginning.

1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest [revealed, made known]  in these last times for you, 1:21 [We] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

We are not to have faith and hope [trust] in any man or group of men. Our faith and hope is to be in unity with Almighty God the Father who raised up Jesus Christ to eternal life, and who will judge us by his every Word.

1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls [lives by keep the whole Word of God] in obeying the truth through the Spirit [learning to love God and the brethren] unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible [living by God’s Word and not living by the vanity of worldliness], by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Explaining the “Born Again” confusion

We are to discard the old person and become a new person in Christ and in God the Father. We are to discard our sins and our law breaking, and our hatreds, and envies, and animosities, and embrace God, and keep the whole Word of God, and to be filled with God’s love for God and for mankind. 

In a real sense this is being “born again;”  the old sinful man figuratively dying in the watery grave of baptism; and a new person rising up out of baptism as a new person in godliness. 

Nevertheless we are still physical persons and we will not be “born again’  in the sense of being changed to spirit until the resurrection to spirit. 

At our baptism we are to be born again, as a new being in Christ and in godliness, but we are still like a child learning and growing until we complete the race and are chosen to be changed to spirit.

1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

Only the Word of the Lord endures forever. The true Gospel is the whole Word of God which endures forever.  The Gospel of the Kingdom is only a part of the whole Gospel. 

Teaching the Gospel of Christ and the Gospel of Salvation has been abandoned, which is sincere repentance and a passionate enthusiastic zeal to live by every Word of God; in order to cause people to follow idols of men and the false traditions of men.

1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The ministry and various leaders can be a tremendous influence for good. They can also make mistakes, and they can be a tremendous influence for evil if they are false.

We must test every word that every person, every man and indeed every spirit and angel speaks; against the standard of the Word of God. For the words of men are nothing unless they are absolutely consistent with the whole Word of God.

Only the Word of the LORD endures forever. And the whole Word of God is the true Gospel.  The true Gospel is the whole Word of the God which endures forever.

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1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,

Let us put away all things that divide us from God and his Word, and separate us from the teachings of Christ; and eagerly hunger and thirst for the spiritual nourishment of the whole Word of God as a babe cries out for milk.

2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Let us come to Christ the living stone and rock of our salvation.  Let us diligently follow Christ to also become living stones, and become a part of the living spiritual house [Temple] of God the Father.  

2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the chief foundation stone of the true spiritual Ekklesia; the foundation on which the Ekklesia is to be built, having inspired the whole Word of God.

Ephesians 2:19   Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Often we think this applies to the worldly being offended in Christ, not realizing that Christ is a rock of offence to almost all brethren in the church of God today. 

What?  Are we not Christians?  Do we not follow Christ?  The answer to that is NO!  Because we do not DO what Christ taught and DID!  We follow the commandments of men which make the Word of God of no effect; making idols of men and following the false traditions of men, in place of being zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God. 

Matthew 15:6  . . . Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.  15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

By being disobedient to any part of the Word of God we reject the author of that Word: Jesus Christ and God the Father! 

Today, those who call themselves God’s people reject God, by following idols of men, corporate entities and false traditions; in place of living by every Word of God!

1 Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient [disobedient to the Word of God and leading the brethren astray from godliness into following men]: whereunto also they were appointed

It was predetermined from the beginning that many false teacher would come into the Ekklesia to TEST the faithfulness to God of the brethren,

Jude 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [license to continue in sin], and denying the only Lord God [the Father], and our Lord Jesus Christ [by following idols of men and  refusing to live by every Word of God].

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood [of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ], an holy nation [a godly spiritual Israel], a peculiar [special] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him [be an example of the Light of God the Father] who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light [The Light of the whole Word of God];

We who were sinners of all nations, are called to Christ by God the Father, to join together to become one people in zeal for God; so that through sincere repentance and living by every Word of God through the power of God’s spirit (Mat 4:4); we might be granted God’s mercy and become a Shining Light example of godliness to all people.

2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

if we set a proper example in keeping God’s Word, the wicked shall see our example and while they reject it now, they will remember that example in the day that their eyes are opened and they will glorify God in that day.

2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims [in this world], abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul [spirit]; 2:12 Having your conversation [words and conduct] honest among the Gentiles [unconverted]: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good [godly example and works of faith] works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation [of Christ’s coming].

Submit to every law of governments, as long as they do not conflict with the Word of God; and if they make laws forbidding us to keep God’s laws, or requiring us to sin, we are to flee that jurisdiction.

2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing [keeping God’s law and the law of the land and good works] ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 2:16 As free [from bondage to sin and false traditions, but not misusing that freedom to disrespect the present authorities], and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Put God first and then honor those in authority over us.

2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

If we are punished by men for doing wrong in society, we have no glory; but if we obey God and are punished by men for obeying God, we have a reward reserved for us in heaven.

2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

We are to follow the example of Christ and endure all things to persevere in the calling of God, because God is allowing the trials of our lives to perfect us and to make us into the people God wants us to be.

2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being [we are to be dead to sin] dead to sins, should live unto righteousness [we are to live by every Word of God which is righteousness] : by whose stripes ye were [spiritually healed from sin] healed.

2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray [into sin and straying away from our Shepherd]; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop [High Priest, Jesus Christ and the owner of the flock is God the Father] of your souls [lives, salvation].

 

1 Peter 3

Instructions for Wives

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation [conduct and example] of the wives; 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation [godly example in loyalty and reverence to their husbands] coupled with fear.

Let wives be adorned with true godliness and the righteousness of keeping the whole Word of God as a Shining Light of example for others.  Let wives be meek and submissive, a true help to their husbands; not aggressive or disrespectful. 

3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves [with righteousness], being in subjection unto their own husbands: 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid [to do well and to be godly keeping God’s Word] with any [fear to do what is godly] amazement [terror, or fear].

Godly women are the daughters of Sara as long as they are not afraid to be godly and to do well, keeping the whole Word of God. 

Instructions for husbands

Husbands behave with wisdom and do not act and react selfishly or emotionally in anger or frustration.  Have respect for your wives and live peaceably with them; for how can you come before God with an attitude of anger against the one we have pledged before God to love?

3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Instructions for All

This instruction is for the whole body of believers in their relations towards one another.  If we are to behave thusly for our neighbours, how much more are we to behave thusly to our spouses?

3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind [with God], having compassion [be forgiving] one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Refrain from spreading false rumors or teaching the brethren to turn from their zeal to keep God’s Word; avoid all evil, which is the breaking of any part of the Word and Will of God; and always do good, which is the doing of the whole Word of God. 

3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 3:11 Let him eschew [loathe and avoid] evil, and do good; let him seek peace [seek peace with God first and then with people], and ensue it.

God hears the prayers of those who do his will and keep his Word; but he will not hear the prayers of those who lack any zeal to keep his Word.

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous [the zealous keepers of the whole Word of God], and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

If we do what is good and peaceable, only the most wicked will seek our harm, because they are pricked in their conscious and despise the example that makes them feel uncomfortable.

3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

Be not afraid of trials, rather persevere to always have a good conscious before God through living by God’s Word, and study that we may be always able to answer others and always  set an example of godliness.

3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts [set yourself apart from sin, to the godliness of the LORD]: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear [humility before God]: 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation [words and conduct] in Christ.

If we must suffer from men, let it be for pleasing God, than for any evil deed on our part.

 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened [resurrected] by the Spirit:

3:19 By which [Christ  inspired Noah to warn the world during the 120 years he was building the ark] also he went and preached unto the spirits [that is: warning the souls; properly warning the people then living] in prison [properly: in bondage to sin at that time; (during the 120 years when the ark was being built)];

Bad translation:  Proper rendering:  Christ inspired Noah by the Spirit to warn the people in bondage to sin for 120 years]before the flood.

3:20 Which sometime 4218 were disobedient 544 5660, when 3753 once 530 the longsuffering 3115 of God 2316 waited 1551 5711 in 1722 the days 2250 of Noah 3575, while the ark 2787 was a preparing [120 years]  2680 5746, wherein 1519 3739 few 3641, that is 5123 5748, eight 3638 souls 5590 were saved 1295 5681 by 1223 water 5204.

3:20 Which sometime [had been disobedient to God]  were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing [for 120 years], wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Baptism [immersing, washing] is not merely washing clean the fleshly body, but is to show the washing away of all sin by figuratively destroying the old sinful person in a watery grave;  to then rise up a new person clean from sin and dedicated to sinning no more. 

The flood of Noah being an allegory of baptism, for the world was destroyed by water and those folks will yet rise up to turn from their disobedience and become new beings in Christ!

Sincere repentance and a baptismal commitment to sin no more; then brings the application of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, reconciling us to God the Father and bringing a good conscious for us towards God.  The effectiveness of the sacrifice of Christ was made sure by his resurrection to glory and his acceptance by God the Father for us. 

Eight persons went through the flood of Noah as a type of going through the ordinance of baptism in this life, and millions of persons died in the flood and will rise to become godly persons in Christ in their due time. 

Therefore the flood of Noah was an allegory of baptism, which is the death of the sinner and the rising up of a new being in Christ; a new person putting away all sin; to seek out, to hunger and thirst after [which fasting portrays] the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it with a whole heart.

3:21 The like figure [Noah’s flood is a like figure of baptism] whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience [The rising up out of the water of baptism a new sincerely repentant godly spiritual person in Christ and the application of the sacrifice of Christ, is what saves us.] toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

 

1 Peter 4

Let us cease from all sin and live by every Word of God as Jesus Christ did

1 Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind [we are to be filled with the same Christ-like determination to live by every Word of God]: for he [the person] that hath suffered in [suffering for godliness is proof that we have turned from worldliness and rejected sin] the flesh hath ceased from sin; 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time [the remainder of our lives] in the flesh to the lusts of men [we who sinned in times past, must STOP sinning and live in godliness], but to the will of God.

In the past we lived to satisfy the lusts of our flesh, but now we who are called to Christ are to live in Christ-like zeal according to every Word of God.

4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you [the wicked speak evil of those who will not join them in their sins]:

All humanity will have to face the Judge and give an account for their works.

4:5 [every person will be made to account for their actions] Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick [the living] and the dead [those who have died and been raised up to their judgment]. 

The Gospel is preached to sinners so that when they are raised back up to the flesh, they will remember and repent and be saved;  For they died in the flesh being wicked, and they will be raised up to flesh for an opportunity to repent and to live by the whole Word of God in their period of judgment. 

4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead [facing death for sin, to bring them to sincere repentance], that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

This was written for us in our day and the end of this society and the coming of our LORD is now very close at hand.

4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober [serious], and watch unto [be diligent in] prayer.

4:8 And above all things have fervent charity [true godly agape love] among yourselves: for charity [loving God by keeping His Word; and loving our brothers and sisters enough to warn them to turn away from sin and to live by every Word of God, will cover sincerely repented sins] shall cover the multitude of sins.

Let us be friendly and sharing with the brethren; and brethren, do not take undue advantage of others.  Let each person work and not be a burden to others.

4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

4:10 As every man hath received the gift [a gift of the Spirit], even so minister the same [help and edify one another according to God’s gifts as they are given to each one] one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Do all things for the glory of God; to be a shining personal example of the righteousness of God; which is to passionately love and live by every Word of God in all your thoughts, words and deeds.

4:11 If any man speak, let him speak [we are to speak as befitting godly people] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

We are to expect trials of our faith and zeal, be not dismayed by trials for our God is working with us to make us fit to be a part of the eternal collective bride of Christ.

John 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Speaking of the imminent great tribulation in our time, as well as the trials when Jerusalem was surrounded by the Roman’s in the first century when the faithful brethren fled to Pella, Peter warns us not to be moved away from God reminding us of the things that Jesus suffered. 

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Because having suffered for righteousness sake as Christ did, you will have a part in the resurrection to eternal life, as Christ was resurrected to eternal life.

If you are reproached for being zealous to keep God’s Word and Will; rejoice for you are in the company of Christ, who was also reproached for faithfulness to God the Father.

4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Keep yourself pure from all sin so that you do not suffer for your sins, but be zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word with a deep and abiding love for all truth and all things godly.

4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a [faithful doer of the Word of God] Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this [because he is faithful to God and suffers for his faithful loyalty which will bring the good blessing of eternal life] behalf.

Brethren, the called out are being tested and judged right now, as to whether we will be fit to be resurrected to eternal life as Jesus Christ was.  Only those who are of the same mind as Christ, who are full of Christ-like zeal for God the Father and the whole Word of God will be among the Chosen for the resurrection to eternal spirit.

4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

When we face trials for our diligence to live by every Word of God the Father, let us not back down or compromise to try to reduce the burden by our own efforts; rather let us redouble our love, commitment  and zeal, to live by every Word of God, and commit our lives into the hands of our Mighty Deliverer and Saviour, who will raise us up on that day!

4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator

 

1 Peter 5

Instructions for Elders

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you [with the pure and undefiled milk and the solid meat of the whole Word of God], taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre [not as a job for a pay cheque], but of a ready mind; [a mind willing to serve God]

The elders are to serve first by setting a godly example.

5:3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

Those who exhort the people to passionate godliness, teaching the whole Word of God and powerfully rebuking all sin; will have a good reward. 

2 Timothy 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Those who do not rebuke all sin, who do not set a godly example and who are not diligent to teach the whole Word of God; will be required to give an account and will be judged by our Master. 

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

A wolf feeds himself first, and ravages the flock.

Ezekiel 34 the entire chapter is about those shepherds in BOTH physical and spiritual Israel who are wolves and feed themselves with all the good things of the flock while neglecting to feed the flock with the truth is due season.

Those who are  political and seek the chief seats, who seek self aggrandizement and personal advantage; are the wolves hiding among the sheep. Today there are very many wolves who do not feed the sheep the true Gospel of: warning, repentance, and diligent faithful obedience to God and salvation. Which is the way of life, the very Word of God, and the way to salvation.

Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

If any man teaches tolerance for sin out of a phony false love; if any elder tolerates sin [the breaking of any part of God’s Word, not the breaking of some organizational edict] without rebuke; if any organization does not preach a message of warning and repentance to the world; They are corrupt branches that will be pruned off at the judgment!

The True Good Shepherd feeds the flock with the words of truth; with the teachings that lead to salvation; strongly rebuking all sin.

We are to follow that true Good Shepherd with the diligent KEEPING of the whole Word of God, so that the whole flock internalizes God the Father and the Son; growing into a full spiritual unity with God!

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

The good tree is that Ultimate Good Shepherd who is working to bring the whole flock into a fullness of unity with God the Father! We are to follow that Good Shepherd who gave his all, his very life for the Father’s flock and did not seek his own.

We are to follow that example that was set for us, and faithfully serve God the Father by feeding his flock with the very Word of God, the very nature of God; without fear or compromise; regardless of what men think or do.

There are some good shepherds among you even now, who teach the true way of salvation and are alert watchmen discerning the signs of the times. They may be kept down, ridiculed and even persecuted by others, yet the Father will reward them.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

The evil servant.

Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

Those who exalt themselves, abuse others and seek their own pleasures will be abased

12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

You shall know the good shepherds by their love of God and their diligent keeping and teaching of every Word of God and by their diligence to do the will of HIM who called them.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Those who internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; who become one with them in total spiritual unity, through a deep love for God and all the things of God, those who love the passionate keeping of every Word of God and who set a good example of godliness and FEED THE FLOCK with the good pasture of the Word, watering them with the Spirit of Godliness, are building on the foundation of the Word of God: Which shall NEVER be moved.

The good and faithful teacher shall receive a good reward of eternal life and the knowledge that he has helped to save many, as well as a good office in the eternal priesthood and kingship of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Let everyone humble themselves before God and work in cooperation with one another so that we may all exercise the gifts given to us for the edifying of the whole body, in an orderly manner.

5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder [submit to the older or wiser, God’s family patriarchal system of respect for parents and grandparents]. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace [mercy] to the humble. 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

The tempted and persecuted are not alone, for all of the faithful brethren have been or will be tempted and afflicted while in this world in the flesh.

5:8 Be sober [serious and controlled], be vigilant [always watchful]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [tempt or deceive away from God]: 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world [the faithful brethren who are in the flesh in this world all face the same trials as we do].

God the Father will establish those who persevere in his Word and will give them eternal life in a body of spirit; just as He raised up Christ.

5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his [God the Father’s] eternal glory [called us to salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ] by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, [will] make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

5:11 To him [God the Father]  be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace [agape love] of God wherein ye stand.

5:13 The church that is at Babylon [Peter wrote from Jerusalem and he was using “Babylon” as a euphemism for Jerusalem which is also called spiritual Egypt and Sodom (Rev 11:8).  At that time wicked Jerusalem was about to be surrounded by the Romans and facing complete destruction], elected [called] together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son [Mark, Peter’s son in the faith who assisted Peter at Jerusalem].

It was the custom for the brethren to greet one another with a big loving hug and a kiss of affection on the cheek or neck as many of us still do today.

 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

Second Peter

2 Peter 1

Peter addresses this Epistle to all these who are zealous to learn and live by every Word of God.

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith [in God and the works of faith, which are to believe and obey God and  to live by every Word of God the Father] with us through the righteousness of God [which is the keeping of every Word of God]  and [the atoning sacrifice of] our Saviour Jesus Christ:

1:2 Grace [Mercy from God] and peace [with God] be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God [faith and knowledge married with the works of faith which is obedience to God], and of Jesus our Lord, 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Jesus Christ in his ministry, explained the intent of the commandments and the Word of God and revealed the way of salvation; through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. 

That through rejecting all sin and by keeping the whole Word of God through the power of Christ dwelling in us; we may internalize the very nature of God the Father to become holy as God is holy.

1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption [Through the Gospel of Salvation we can escape the decay and death that comes through bondage to sin] that is in the world through lust.

1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue [well doing, the good works of keeping the whole Word of God]; and to virtue knowledge [We are to grow in truth and knowledge and gain a fuller knowledge of God, through daily diligent study, eagerly accepting the truth and  rejecting all error for the truth];

Faith means to believe and trust and obey.  We must add to faith virtue; and virtue is the action of obedience. And we must add to virtue or obedience; knowledge. And knowledge is knowing what it is we should be doing, knowing what to obey which comes through diligent study of every Word of God and the seeking of that knowledge from God in prayer and continual thought on the Word and Law of our God, Psalm 119.

1:6 And to knowledge temperance [self control]; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness [becoming like God through a zealous keeping of the whole Word of God]; 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness [putting Love for God and the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God first, and immediately after that the second great commandment is to love thy neighbour as thy self]; and to brotherly kindness charity [true agape love, which is to love God and man more than one loves oneself].

If we do these things we shall be filled with God’s Spirit of understanding,  bearing much spiritual fruit. 

God is not divided against himself and his Spirit will not inspire anyone to break or compromise with any part of God’s Word.

God is united with himself, and his Spirit in us is God’s very mind and nature; it will inspire us to keep the whole Word of God, and it will empower us to keep God’s commandments: Thus building in us the very nature of God, the divine nature.

The commandments of God, in letter, spirit  and intent are agape LOVE; and only by keeping the whole Word of God in BOTH letter and intent, can we be filled with the nature of God; which is agape LOVE.

1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we do not zealously learn and keep the whole Word of God and love God first above all else, while secondly loving our brothers and humanity enough to speak the truth to them; we have fallen back into sin and have been turned aside from God. 

1:9 But he that lacketh these things  [that is, they which lack a good knowledge of God and sound doctrine, and lack temperance (self control) and patience and virtue (a passionate keeping of the whole Word of God),] is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Let all the called out to Christ be diligent to root out all error and sin, and to learn and live by every Word of God.

1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

To diligently study and apply every Word of God in faithful obedience to God; and through that, internalizing the very nature of God to eternal salvation; is the duty of the spiritually called out!

1:11 For so [by doing the things mentioned above, in sincere repentance from all sin and in internalizing the whole Word and nature of God the Father; we shall receive eternal life]  an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The elders and teachers are to continually rebuke all sin and to diligently teach a passionate zeal to keep the whole Word of God.  As Paul also instructs: 

2 Timothy 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

2 Peter 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. [Even those well established in the whole truth of God need to be continually reminded of all godly things; lest we forget.]

1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle [alive in the flesh], to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle [after writing this Epistle from Jerusalem Peter will soon die in the flesh], even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

Peter wrote his Epistles as a kind of farewell message before his death in approximately 64 A.D.

1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

Peter gives his eyewitness testimony to the Messiah-ship of Christ and the teachings of the whole Word of God. Peter is an eye witness to the ministry of Christ, and to the transfiguration on the mount having both seen the righteousness of Christ and heard the Father attesting to the righteousness of Christ as the Deliverer of humanity.

1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Peter then exhorts us to seek understanding and study prophecy.

We know about Christ through the prophets, and we are warned that no prophecy stands alone. All the prophets MUST fit together precisely to provide the big overall picture. One of the ways to test our understanding of the prophets is to compare and make sure that a pet belief does not contradict some other scripture.

The Word of God is one consistent whole, made up of many parts. And every single part fits together with every other part to make a greater whole. It is like a great mosaic, and we cannot take one little piece out of its context and think we have the true whole overall understanding.

No. We must look at the whole big picture and every part has to fit together with everything else.

1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

No prophecy and no scripture stands alone, but must be consistent with all other scripture.  We are to study by putting all scripture on any subject together.  God’s Word on a subject is here a little and there a little that ungodly men may take scripture out of its subject context and twist it to justify their sins. 

Isaiah 28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts [the knowledge of God comes to those that are mature to learn and internalize the Word of God through diligent study, putting all scriptures together on any given subject and not forgetting to study synonyms].

28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

28:11  For with stammering lips and another tongue [a little here and a little there] will he [God] speak to this people [that he might prove and test our zeal to study,  learn and understand His Word].

28:12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

28:13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The prophets worked under the inspiration of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit of God. Scriptural prophecy is God inspired and therefore, it is true. In order to understand it properly, all the different parts have to be put together in the correct way to complete the puzzle.

 

2 Peter 2

Peter warns us as Paul, Jesus and Jude also warn us that in this end time the called out spiritual Ekklesia will be full of false teachers who lie, teaching the brethren to follow themselves as idols of men and denying the authority of Christ and the Word of God, by rejecting any zeal to keep the whole Word of God. 

They falsely present themselves as God’s ministers saying “follow me;” instead of saying “zealously follow the whole Word of God!”

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them [Brethren, this is in TODAY’S brotherhood as many elders and leaders deny God’s authority by refusing any zeal to keep God’s Word without compromise, while they pay lip service to God to deceive the brethren!], and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 

Yes, Paul spoke the truth when he prophesied that there would be a “great falling away” from true godliness (2 Thess 2:3), in the end time. 

Today, because sound doctrine has NOT been taught, MANY false teachers have crept into the Ekklesia and very MANY brethren have fallen away from the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God.  

Some false teachers even teach the nonsense that the worldly are fallen away from what they were never a part of, in order to propagate the lie which is contrary to God’s many warnings, that the Ekklesia cannot fall away.  Why?  So they can lead the Ekklesia even further away from God; speaking lies in the name of truth and bringing wickedness in the name of spiritual growth.

2 Timothy 4:1    I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Isn’t that the truth? Isn’t that exactly what has happened in this latter day? That the truth of God is evil spoken of by VERY MANY because of the many false teachers who have taken over in the Ekklesia? leading many astray today, so that there is an idolatrous zeal for human leaders and corporations, as they substitute their false traditions for the Word of God and do what THEY think is right instead of doing what God SAYS is right.

Is this not exactly what the Abomination of Daniel does? Substituting his traditions for the Word of God?

2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned [false and deceitful teachings] words make merchandise of you [deceive the brethren]: whose judgment [the judgment and destruction of these wicked church leaders is now almost at hand] now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Any leader or elder who justifies sin and even a hint of tolerating or compromising with sin; or who rejects scripture, or tries to twist it to justify their own traditions: IS A FALSE TEACHER and is a A FALSE PROPHET!

2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

God calls the faithful out of the land so that he can correct the wicked.

2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation [conduct] of the wicked: 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

God knows how to deliver those who love him enough to keep his Word with passion, and he knows how to correct the wicked; and if they remain unrepentant God will utterly destroy them in the fire of damnation.

2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Those who rail the most about government, mean that the brethren should follow themselves; are the same people who despise the authority of the whole Word of God.  They teach men to follow themselves as they rebuke any zeal to live by every Word of God.  They are presumptuous deceivers, teaching for doctrine their own false traditions and human imaginations.

2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

What is a “dignity” in God’s eyes? Someone who is zealous for God and live by every Word of God! We are commanded to shine the light of God’s Word on the sins of men and to reprove all sin, warning them to sincerely repent.

To speak evil of dignities is to condemn those who ARE doing the will of God and zealously keeping the whole Word of God. 

The faithful godly angels set an example for us when they refused to vent their personal anger at the evil ones and left such judgment to God’s Word.  Even so, we must not lose our temper with those who persecute the godly, but must warn them to keep the whole Word of God; for it is God’s Word that will judge them and not any outbursts of  temper.

2:11 Whereas [the faithful godly angels], which are greater in power and might, bring not railing [personally angry] accusation against them before the Lord.

The wicked men who have infiltrated the Ekklesia and taken over nearly all the COG groups, and are leading so many away from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God and to test us are not converted, being carnally worldly minded and not spiritually minded to live by every Word of God.  It was ordained from the most ancient times that God would allow evil seducers to test his people.

Jude 1:3   Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying [by rejecting the authority of the whole Word of God] the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The wicked deceivers who now lead the vast majority of today’s Ekklesia; rejecting the truth and cleaving to past errors and false traditions, while demanding organizational loyalty and loyalty to idols of men in place of any zeal and loyalty for God and the whole Word of God; will perish in their own sins for they will not repent.  Those who follow them as idols of men and turn away from faithfulness to live by every Word of God will fall into great tribulation with them.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

These evil leaders and elders make a pretense of godliness by paying lip service to the Sabbath and the Feasts of God; while they lead people astray into polluting Sabbaths and Feasts. 

Today the Ekklesia have been led astray to think of the words of men as greater than the Word of God and are full of spiritual adultery; following idols of men, corporate idols and idols of past false teachings, while neither hungering nor thirsting after the truth and having a zeal to exalt men above following our LORD and the diligently keeping of every Word of God. 

These wicked men have deceived the spiritually weak who have not been grounded on the sound doctrine of the Word of God.  They have led very many brethren to fall away from any zeal for godliness, doing so for reward like Balaam did.  Teaching falsely for a pay cheque and a personal following.  

They like Balaam shall be rebuked by Christ for their love of money and willingness to bring a curse on the brethren by leading them into sin for wages.

2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

Balaam was willing to sell his blessings and curses for money as very many COG leaders,  elders and teachers do today.

These deceivers prophesied from old, being allowed to test the brethren of the called out.

Such deceivers are sons of wickedness, lacking the Light of God’s Spirit, and are consigned to total everlasting destruction unless they sincerely repent.  

2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

These deceivers allure the weak through temptation to compromise with worldliness, seeking to lead the brethren away from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God.  They call the Sabbath and High Days holy and then refuse to keep them holy, as they exalt themselves as moral authorities [just like the pope] above the whole Word of God   

2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity [false empty words that lead to destruction], they allure through the lusts of the flesh [we buy in restaurants on Sabbaths breaking God’s commandments and polluting the Sabbaths; FOR OUR OWN PLEASURE], through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

The deceivers who are now leading most of the church of God groups, promise protection from tribulation and promise spiritual salvation, as they lead the brethren to their destruction. 

God is allowing this to TEST our faithfulness to Him alone.  Will we follow God:  ALL THE WAY?  Or will we follow men away from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God?

2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

If the called out who have sincerely repented of all sin, are deceived into again being entrapped into the sin of idolatry and spiritual adultery; if we fall for their deception we are in a worse state then before; for now we are again sinners and we are enslaved by idols of men as well. 

When we have been called to God and have accepted that call, and then we later turn away from God; we are much worse off than if we had never been called at all, for we have had our chance and failed, while the sinner still has his opportunity before him.

2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

If we return to the filth that God has delivered us out of, to turn away from keeping the whole Word of God and back into the filth of sin and idolizing men and their false traditions; we are like a dog returning to its vomit.

2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

There has been a great falling away of the people of God in fulfillment of prophecy, for God knew what would come in the last days.

God’s called out to Christ have been enticed by  deceitful men to exalt themselves and their traditions above the Word of God and now we are coming to the climax of this falling away, in fulfillment of the words of Jude, the warnings of Paul to the Thessalonians and the warnings of Jesus Christ in Matthew 24.

 

2 Peter 3

Peter states that the very purpose of his epistles is to stir up the brethren to remember the scriptures.  Through history and in this latter day we too are to be stirred up to remember the scriptures written by the prophets and the apostles, and not to only just remember the scriptures but to be enthusiastic  “Doers of the Word”

2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

Today, many have begun to think that “My Lord delays his coming” in the world and also in the Ekklesia.  As Jesus himself warned us: those who think such things and slack away from zealous godliness shall be rejected by him (Mat 24: 48).  

Today many in the Ekklesia scoff at those who are zealous for God, as the worldly scoff at the warnings of correction and Christ’s coming.

3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 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 the creation.

Because of the many false teachers and false prophets in today’s church of God, there is a spirit of unbelief in the Ekklesia, people cannot be bothered with any serious study and just play “follow the Elder” for  a social good time; yet God says:

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

We should carefully certainly TEST every word of men by the Word of God; by checking to see if the person is zealous and faithful to God and all of his commandments, checking what is taught by the whole Word of God and by following the advice of Gamaliel, waiting patiently to see whether such proclamations come to pass.

The proof of a prophet or of any teacher or man of God, is that his words MUST be consistent with God’s Word, including all of the Biblical prophets and biblical apostles. 

The worldly close their eyes to the obvious and are willingly ignorant of God; just like the church of God closes its eyes to the truth and Word of God, being willingly ignorant and desiring to follow corporate idols and the false traditions of men.

3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

People who scoff at the prophets are scoffing at over one third of the Christ breathed Word of God and will be judged.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Here we have a profound key to unlock much prophecy including the Feast days. A key that is rejected by most today; who try to teach that seven days is as one thousand years, when they give their false take on the Feast of Tabernacles.

One day is as ONE thousand years; and seven days are NOT equal to one thousand years; therefore seven days MUST refer to either just seven days, or to SEVEN thousand years. There is NO WAY that the Feast of Tabernacles could refer to a one thousand year millennium!

This FALSE teaching has been driven into the minds of people for generations and has prevented an understanding of the true meaning of the Festivals and much prophecy.

Many don’t realize that what is a very long period of time to man, is a very short period of time with God. And God will fulfill his Word. He will keep his promises. These things are coming and are now at the door!

All Scripture must fit together. There are many who say the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles represents a thousand year millennium. And yet what does Peter say here? One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.

How could the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles picture one thousand years? According to Scripture, it must picture 7,000 years or it must have nothing whatsoever to do with years.

According to God’s Word, the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles pictures 7,000 years. It does not picture any one thousand year millennium.  The same thing is true of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the seven day week!. We know because God inspired Peter to say so. 

3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Tribulation Inset

1 Thessalonians 5:1 

Paul begins to instruct the pillars about the onset of the tribulation, first teaching that the vast majority will be taken completely by surprise.

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

The great tribulation wars at end of this age of sin, will come as a great surprise to the vast majority of humanity, including the vast majority of the spiritual Ekklesia who are lax and lukewarm, rejecting the warnings and the biblical signs in favor of their false traditions. 

The scriptures say that it is during a time of peace that these wars will come suddenly [unexpectedly]: 

Daniel 8:25  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand [the king of the North will make the New Europe prosperous]; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by [in a time of] peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden [completely unexpected, by surprise: Strong’s G1601) unexpected, sudden, unforeseen] destruction cometh upon them [Jerusalem, Judea and greater Israel], as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

After the coming bloody war and when peace is seen to be achieved; and when that peace is declared as the man of sin goes to the Holy Place; sudden and immediate destruction will come upon Jerusalem, Judah, Israel and their allies.

God Almighty will bring all the Islamic countries except Egypt, as well as the rising New Europe [the nations of Psalm 83], against Judah and Jerusalem and the main nations of greater Israel.

The children of light are the pillars like the Thessalonians, who are zealous and faithful to God and his Word.  being the children of LIGHT through their zeal to live by every Word of God: they will see and understand the signs and will NOT be taken by surprise.

The sinners of the world’s nations and the spiritually lukewarm and spiritually blind children of darkness, including many in today’s Ekklesia, will reject the scriptures and insist that Jesus was wrong in Matthew 24:15; and that there must still be 3 1/2 years before the tribulation, or that some physical temple must first be built, and so will be deceived by their own false traditions and beliefs.

First the abomination, the man of sin, will be set up doing miracles in the Vatican and then about 75 days later he will go to the holy place. 

The world’s peoples and worldly brethren will not believe the warnings and will be caught completely by surprise. 

Only the pillars of today who are like the zealous of Thessalonica will be alert and aware, and will understand and will NOT be taken by surprise; they have been forewarned and when peace is about to be declared and the man of sin schedules his visit to the holy place; the children of light will know that the tribulation is about to begin.

Jesus Christ himself said that when the abomination visits the holy place the tribulation will immediately begin.

Jesus now jumps ahead in his narrative to speak of his actual coming.  

The true Gospel being preached, is NOT the sign of the beginning of any great tribulation; it is the sign of the actual coming of Christ to rule this earth..

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The Gospel being preached, is NOT the sign of the beginning of any great tribulation; indeed the true Gospel is not, and has not been preached for decades.

The preaching of the true Gospel will be continued by God’s two prophets and by God’s mighty angels; until the very coming of Christ with his saints!

This will take place DURING the tribulation as well as before it, and this preaching  is NOT a sign of the beginning of the trib. 

The sign of the beginning of the tribulation is the setting up of the final miracle working man of sin in the Vatican and his visit to the holy place 75 days later.

24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

This abomination is set up doing miracles in Rome and then goes to the Holy Place [the whole Mount is Holy] 75 days later, triggering the tribulation.

When the abomination [the final false prophet] is set up in Rome, he has only a total of 1,335 days before he is destroyed (Dan 12; Rev 19:20).

1,335 minus 1,260 for the tribulation, begins the tribulation 75 days after the final abomination is set up in the papacy in Rome.

When you see the abomination set up in Rome, and recognize him by his miracles and his endorsement of a New Europe; then know that the tribulation is imminent and will begin when he goes to the Mount. 

When the scriptures tell us that some leave the land to run to safety and some do not, it should be self evident that a split between the zealous for godliness, and the lukewarm [Cold for God, hot for men]  of Revelation 3:14-22; is inevitable.

It should also be self evident from the obvious apostasy in the Ekklesia today; that the prophesied falling away of many from any zeal for God, has and is taking place.

The spiritually wise will know that the tribulation will begin in about 75 days, when they see this abomination set up in Rome.  God will send his Two Servants who will take the zealous to God’s refuge as one of their first acts.

The scripture rejecting wicked in the Ekklesia will not understand until the tribulation begins with the occupation of Judea/Jerusalem.

Then many of them will see their error and sincerely repent, only to be forced to prove the sincerity of their repentance by persevering in great tribulation.  The great tribulation will begin when the miracle working false prophet visits the holy place 75 days after being set up as pope in the Vatican.

24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

It is when this final false prophet is set up doing miracles and then goes to the Holy Place about 75 days later; that the great tribulation will begin: Immediately, at that time, so quickly that someone in Judea should not even go home to fetch his coat! This we have on the direct authority of Jesus Christ.

Speaking now to the faithful and the zealous for God and his Word in this latter day:

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

The beginning of the great tribulation and the time of the coming of Christ; will not be concealed from God’s faithful zealous pillars. They SHALL KNOW, because they are the wise in Christ; for they are faithful and zealous to live by every Word of our God! 

Daniel 12:10   Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise [zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God]  shall understand.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye [pillars who stand on the firm foundation of the whole Word of God] are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Those who love God enough to be zealous to learn and to keep his Word are instructed to be soberly watchful for the signs, and to be prepared so that we not be taken by surprise by these things.

5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Let us awaken and turn to a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God and watch soberly and intently for the signs which God has given to us that we may know when these things will be fulfilled.

5:7 For they [the Laodiceans of today are drunk with pride and are spiritually asleep] that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

Those who are drunk with pride and conceit, and who say that there must be 3 1/2 years after a declaration of peace, in direct contradiction to Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15 and the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:3; will be taken by surprise for they think they know everything and really know nothing, being blind and wretched and naked, not being zealous for the Word of God and relying on their own imaginations.

Laodicea [meaning: the people will be judged]

To Laodicea Jesus identifies himself as the faithful and true witness of what they are truly like.   They think themselves spiritually rich and have no idea what Jesus Christ really thinks of them.  Jesus here tells them their problems straight out, but they are proud and willfully blind to reality.

Emphasizing that his message to Laodicea is true and coming from Christ’s faithful love for them so that they might repent and be saved.  Jesus also calls himself the “beginning of the creation of God;”  clearly meaning that Christ is the Creator who began the creation of all things.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Laodicea is spiritually lukewarm, professing godliness while keeping the commandments according to their own imaginations instead of keeping them the way that God commands. 

They pay lip service to godliness without any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God.  Their zeal is for their own ways and what they think, it is for their own past false traditions and their idols of men and not for what God says. They stand on false past traditions and proudly think they know it all; refusing any spiritual growth they are stagnant or even falling backward in their spiritual condition. 

They are hot for their own traditions, and for the teachings of their idols of men about the Word of God, and cold for zealously keeping the whole Word as God, as God has commanded them.  This mixture of hot for their idols of men and corporate entities, and a cold, lack of zeal to keep the Words of God makes them lukewarm and revolting to Christ. 

They are idolaters of men and the traditions of men; proud, thinking that they know it all spiritually and therefore refuse correction from God or man; they reject the Word of God for their own ways and they reject any growth in truth and refuse to turn from error, going deeper and deeper into error and sin. 

Because these folks have rejected Christ to follow him above our idols of men, they will be rejected by Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the correction of the flesh the spirit may be saved.

3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth [They will be rejected by Christ into severe correction] .

Proud and self willed, they think they are spiritually rich and know it all, having need of no spiritual growth, and reject the promised increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding promised for the last days (Dan 12). 

They reject any part of scripture that they do not want to follow, saying it is for others; or that it is not reliable and are so proud they have no idea how spiritually wretched, miserable and poor they really are. 

They are willfully blind to their own condition and to the things of God that disprove their own false ways;  They lack the garments of righteousness and are naked before God,  their many sins exposed to Him; beginning with the sins of pride, stubborn self will,  self justification and self approval.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:

Christ counsels those with the Laodicean attitude to buy spiritual gold in the fire of tribulation; that they may become spiritually rich. 

They are bidden to sincerely repent of their prideful sins that the nakedness of their wickedness may be covered by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; so that they may receive God’s Holy Spirit and the  white raiment of the righteousness of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God. 

They are commanded to anoint their eyes and open them to see themselves as God sees them, and to sincerely repent from their pride and false ways and to turn away from their idols of men and false traditions to follow the Spirit of God into all truth; rejecting all error and sin to embrace godly truth that they might be saved.

3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] gold tried in the fire [during the period of your correction in the fire of tribulation], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of zealously keeping the whole Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins might be covered by the righteousness of God] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see [open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, to see ourselves as we really are so that we can repent and be saved].

Jesus reminds these folks that he rebukes them only because he truly loves them and is not willing that they should perish.  They are rejected only because they first rejected Christ, refusing to live by every Word of God, refusing to follow Christ and refusing to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal. 

Jesus Christ tells those of the Laodicean attitude; which is the overwhelming attitude in the Ekklesia today;  to REPENT of their pride and self righteousness. and to REPENT of trusting in their idols of men and false traditions. 

Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God! 

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Jesus is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants them to open up to him, to reject idols and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize  the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ. 

They have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept them, if they would only open up their eyes and turn to Him! 

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.

The pillars of God who stand on the whole Word of God,  believe and trust in the Word of God and not in idols of men and the false traditions of men.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  5:9 For God hath not appointed us [the faithful pillars to such correction] to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Those diligent for God and the whole Word of God, should comfort one another with these things.

5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

2 Peter 3:10

Peter now speaks of the coming of Christ as being a surprise to the wicked; but the coming of Christ will not be a surprise for the godly who are watching for him and are the children of Light of God! 

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; . . .

Here Peter is talking about the end of the plan for physical humanity and the cleansing of the earth by fire before God the Father and the New Jerusalem come down to the earth; and the beginning of the Feast of the Eighth Day: which is a new beginning for all humanity going forward into all eternity as spirit with God.

Using the concept of duality with the coming of Christ as a precursor to the coming of God the Father, Peter then immediately uses the term “Day of the Lord” to refer to information about  the final total destruction and cleansing of the earth; before eternity with God the Father for all humanity changed to eternal spirit.

. . . .in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [words and deeds] and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

This refers to that time after all the plan for PHYSICAL humanity has been completed and the whole earth will be cleansed by fire to purify it from all uncleanness and sin so that the New Jerusalem and the Father may come to dwell with his spirit children on this earth!

Here Peter is revealing the great power of Almighty God and encourages all people to remain true to God the Father and to enthusiastically keep the whole Word of God; and by internalizing the very nature of God through pleasing him, we can look forward to spending eternity in perfect peace and harmony with God and our spiritual brethren!

That is the true meaning of the Feast of The Eighth Day: a New Beginning going forth into eternity in peace with God; through  total unity with Jesus Christ and God the Father!

3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him [God] in peace [with God], without spot, and blameless [without even a hint of sin].

3:15 And account that the longsuffering [God’s patience with us] of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

Peter here warns the brethren to be on the lookout for those who would twist the words of Paul to lead men away from their zeal for keeping the whole Word of God.

3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Brethren, you too have been warned.  We have studied together through the complete Epistles of Paul, to show the true and godly meaning and the true passionate zeal of Paul to keep the whole Word of God. Therefore beware of the twisting of the words of Paul, to dampen your zeal to live by every Word of God.

3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before [We have be warned ahead of time], beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

3:18 But grow in grace [Mercy, which comes through sincere repentance and rejection of error to embrace the truth of God], and in the knowledge [continually rooting out all error to seek and accept the truth of God in diligent study] of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

We are to be diligent in our internalizing of the mind and nature of God; growing into peace with God, unspotted by sin and blameless as to those things that separate us from God. This is achieved through whole hearted sincere repentance and a continual growing into a full unity with God the Father; through diligent study, and the uncompromising practical application of ever Word of God in our lives. 

The experience of Daniel’s three friends is an instructional example for us that we are to be faithful to the whole Word of God throughout our called out lives, regardless of any fiery trials that come our way;  and of we do so we will be WITH Christ and he will be WITH us! and when we come out of the fiery trials in the flesh, to be resurrected to spirit, not so much as the smell of sin will be upon us!

Daniel 3:26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

3:27  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

 

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