Tag: 2nd Peter 3

Make every effort!

Scripture reading for November 17th:  2nd Peter 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Peter 3:11-14  “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and new earth, the home of righteousness.  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.”  

God is the only one who knows the future and He has revealed the final judgment of this present heavens and earth through the prophets and apostles and His own Son, Jesus Christ.  These prophetic truths should motivate God’s people to live in a state of readiness and anticipation.  No one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return, but the fate of the earth, the wicked, and His people is clearly foretold!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers make every preparation and effort to be ready for Christ’s return and the final judgment!   “But at that time Your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake:  some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”  (Daniel 12:1-3)

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God’s not slow!

Scripture reading for November 18th:  2nd Peter 3

Have you ever wondered if God was watching the events of this world?  Do you sometimes feel that God is slow to respond to the cries of His people during times of testing or persecution?  These questions plagued the church in Peter’s day as well as ours.  Peter closed this last letter with advice that relates to believers of all generations and cultures!

“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word, the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”   (2nd Peter 3:3-7)

Peter went on to teach that “the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  (2nd Peter 3:9)  God is merciful and patient.  He would rather see men and women saved than to see them destroyed.  He judged the world the first time with water.  He is now waiting until the final judgment by fire.  Today is the day to buy your “fire insurance”!  Call on Jesus Christ to save you and become His disciple!

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