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Those Who Scoff at the Second Coming of Christ

2 Peter 3.3-4
…knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
If you have been like me lately with everything going on in our country and world, you have probably thought, “God, are You returning soon?” I believe this has been on the lips and minds of many followers of God lately. But not everyone is holding to this sentiment; in fact many people have scoffed at the idea of the return of Christ. Peter, knowing this would be his final instruction before his martyrdom for Christ, wanted to instruct the church about the return of Christ. It is as if he is saying, “Hey guys, don’t be dismayed when scoffers appear desiring to mock Christianity; for this is going to happen.”

Peter points out in verse 4 that the mockery will be two-fold. First they will say, “Where is the promise of his coming?” Churches, at least in the U.S., for the most part have stopped preaching from the pulpit about the return of Christ. Many pastors I believe have questioned what the point is of preaching about the return of Christ. I have heard preachers say, “They have been saying He is coming for a long time, but He is yet to appear, so I think I will stick with preaching other things.” I believe this is a travesty because the preaching of the return of Christ is a significant part to our Christian doctrine.

Secondly Peter points out that these mockers will say that everything has continued just as it always has; nothing has changed. While this may be true, it does not mean that it will always remain that way. For Christ is coming back; there will be a final judgement one day bringing about the end of the world as we know it. That is why it is vital to be reminded that Christ is coming back again. That is why it important to have our lampstands trimmed, as Jesus declared, ready for His eminent return.

I pray that you are comforted with these words today. Pay no attention to scoffers; let them scoff. They are ignorant of the truth, but you, friend, must not be ignorant of the truth. For truly Christ is coming again. Be ready!

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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