A Call to Persevere
v But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
how they told you that w there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
But you, beloved, x building yourselves up on your most holy faith, y praying in the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in the love of God, z looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
but a others save with fear, b pulling them out of the fire, hating even c the garment defiled by the flesh.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
2 Peter 3:2
That you 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 Savior.
For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
2 Timothy 3:1
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.
2 Peter 3:3
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts.
Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
2 Peter 3:12
Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
If by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.
I overthrew some of you, As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; Yet you have not returned to Me," Says the LORD.
And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?
1 Corinthians 3:15
If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.
And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.