The Book of Second Peter

Lesson 10 - "Being Found Faithful"

by Pastor Frank J. Cuozzo

Pastor Frank Cuozzo

II Peter 3:9-18, “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. 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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 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? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 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. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”


We’re continuing with a series from II Peter entitled “The family of like precious faith.”  We already talked about the power, the promises and the partakers of this precious faith, we looked at adding to our faith these seven things (virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity), we saw that having “these things” in our lives had several promises attached to them, we looked at Peter’s account of the transfiguration of Christ, we looked at the importance of the Scriptures, we looked at what Peter wrote concerning heeding God’s warning concerning false prophets and teachers, we looked at our unsparing God, we looked at what Peter wrote about concerning the vexing of God’s people, and about the coming day of judgment. Today we want to look at what Peter wrote concerning being found faithful.


One of the last things that God gave Peter to write about under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was this truth concerning the second coming of Christ. The Lord’s return should affect all of our lives. We should be looking for and loving His appearing!


The question for us as believers is, “Do we really believe that He is coming again?” We are not to be looking for signs; we are looking for the Savior. I want to look at some things Peter says we should be found doing when Christ returns.


#1) May He find us diligent.

Look again with me at 2 Peter 3:11-14, “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 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? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”


God’s Word says that when Christ returns, we are to be found “diligent.” When a person is diligent about something, it means that he gives his attention to it, he’s working at it, he’s getting it done. Many believers today are living as if the Lord will never return. There’s no seriousness to their Christian life. Many are so halfhearted about the Lord’s work that they would have a hard time getting and keeping a job if they put forth the same effort at their place of employment as they did for the Lord.


This is the same word that Peter used way back in chapter one when he said we are to add to our faith with all diligence! (II Peter 1:5) If the Lord returned today, would He find us diligently serving Him?


#2) May He find us in peace.

-2 Peter 3:14 again says, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

-Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

First of all, no one has peace with God who is not a Christian! Before salvation, the Bible says that we were at enmity with God; we were an enemy of God. The only way to be at peace with God is to ask Him to forgive our sins. We must acknowledge that we are sinners and we need a Savior. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”


The word “keep” means to guard or to make certain. This is what the Lord wants for us. Not just being at peace with God by our salvation, but to have the “peace of God” so we can deal with others! Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” If the Lord returns, will He find peace, not just peace with God, but the peace of God and being at peace with others.


#3) May He find us without spot or blame.

2 Peter 3:14 again says, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”


God’s word says that God should find us not only with peace, but also without spot and blameless. It means to be right with God! What does that mean? It means that we live for Christ in such a way that no one can point an accusing finger of blame at us and be justified in doing so.


We live in perilous times and amongst a perverse and crooked people, but when Christ returns, He wishes to find us without spot and blameless! It means that in this world with all the immorality all around us we are to avoid all appearance of evil. It means that we are to set no wicked thing before our eyes. It means that we are to “die to self,”


Paul says that in Romans 6:11 we must reckon ourselves to be dead to sin, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Paul told young Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”


#4) May He find us steadfast.

2 Peter 3:17, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.”

To be steadfast means that we are holding our ground by faith and we are not turning back. Peter warns here of falling from steadfastness which means we have given up or lost ground that we once had. These are those who have backslidden or have fallen into sin and are not the Christians that they once were.


1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”


When the Lord Jesus comes, will He find us stedfast?


#5) May He find us growing in the Lord.

2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” Are you growing in your knowledge of our Lord and Savior? I’m not just talking about studying and memorizing scripture, but spending time alone with Him and getting to know Him and not just to know more facts about Him!!!! Have you been spending time with Him????


All the signs of the times are pointing to our Lord’s soon return. When He comes, will he find us diligent, at peace, without spot and blameless, stedfast and growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord? If not, why not? Let’s start 2015 out the right way!


Let’s pray.



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