God wants us to believe His Word and act upon it knowing that what He says to us about our future is true. Some would like to have a second chance for believers to “make up their minds” about whether or not they will accept Jesus. Once Jesus comes down to get us “caught up” with Him, it’s over. Either you believe and will go with Him or you don’t and will get burned up with the elements as Peter so plainly put it in 2 Peter 3:10-13. Peter wasn’t a Millenium believer. Peter stated the facts the way that Jesus did before Jesus went back up to sit on His Holy Throne. In 2 Peter 1:16 Peter states, “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.” What else do we need to know? Peter was trying to tell us that there were false doctrines already circulating. Imagine the level that we are at now.
There was a man named Cerinthus who believed in heresy so much that even John ran away from a Bath House when he saw him in there and told people to run also. This is how bad this man was. He was a mystical believer. He allegedly began the Millennial heresy. Watch what you believe in.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cerinthus (Greek: Κήρινθος) — (c. 100 CE) was a gnostic and to some, an early Christian, who was prominent as a “heresiarch” in the view of the early Church Fathers. Contrary to proto-orthodox Christianity, Cerinthus’s school followed the Jewish law, used the Gospel according to the Hebrews, denied that the Supreme God had made the physical world, and denied the divinity of Jesus. In Cerinthus’ interpretation, the Christ came to Jesus at baptism, guided him in his ministry, but left him at the crucifixion.
He taught that Jesus would establish a thousand-year reign of sensuous pleasure after the Second Coming but before the General Resurrection, a view that was declared heretical by the Council of Nicaea. Cerinthus used a version of the gospel of Matthew as scripture.
Cerinthus taught at a time when Christianity’s relation to Judaism and to Greek philosophy had not yet been clearly defined. In his association with the Jewish law and his modest assessment of Jesus, he was similar to the Ebionites and to other Jewish Christians. In defining the world’s creator as the demiurge, he matched Greek dualism philosophy and anticipated the Gnostics.
Early Christian tradition describes Cerinthus as a contemporary to and opponent of John the Evangelist, who wrote the First Epistle of John and the Second Epistle of John to warn the less mature in faith and doctrine about the changes he was making to the original gospel. All that is known about Cerinthus comes from the writing of his theological opponents.
I like Peter’s boldness and truthfulness. He wasn’t a “sell-out” and neither did he compromise with anyone for status. He knew his status in the Kingdom and lived to tell man the truth. He wasn’t a supplanter or cunning speaker. When Jesus went to the mount of Transfiguration, He took Peter, James and John. This may not be interesting to anyone else but to me, it signifies that they were the ones that He knew were graduated enough and mature enough to take what was about to happen (Spiritual Maturity). They had to be the meat-eaters and not babes or novices. Jesus told Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” He meant His Word but He was also telling Peter something that He hadn’t told anyone else. Peter was getting a special priviledge, a special knowledge about the future. I pray that God’s Spirit speaks to your hearts about this. When Peter says that it’s over when Jesus returns, I tend to be wise enough to believe. Jesus died once for us, there is no 3rd Coming. Believe that. If you haven’t accepted Jesus yet, there will not be a third chance. Do it now. Put this world aside for a brief moment. Your future depends on it.
Rev. Essie Scott
2 Peter 3:10-13
King James Version (KJV)
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; 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.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
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?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.