With 2020 behind us and a new year just beginning, many set goals, make plans and have hope for what’s ahead in the coming year. Even though the year prior was only a week ago, many dedicate their minds to starting fresh, forgiving, working har
And in moments like these, the Lord will come.
“While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3 ESV
It’s very sobering, this message. Well, it can be when the Lord uses it to pierce the hearts of the hearer. The seriousness that this message carries is one that surpasses every ounce of worldly wisdom that modern-day philosophy can bring to 2021. No amount of “manifesting” or “speaking into existence” (being the false truths that they are) can begin to stop or pause or change anything about the second coming of our Lord Jesus. No one can predict when He will come. And no one can plan well enough to be prepared for that day (without Him).
Having Faith in the Midst of Scoffers
“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 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? Forever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” 2 Peter 3:1-7 ESV
In the second letter of Peter to the church, in this third chapter, he lays out rich truths that the church should be rooted in during the last days; which are now. (see James 5:8 ESV )The amount of opposition for the church will be tremendous, and Peter knows that. And he knows that through the revelation of our Lord Jesus. For, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV So it’s not simply Peter writing about the second coming of our Lord Jesus. It is the Lord Jesus Himself (The Word) revealing Himself through the writing of Peter. (see John 1:1-14)
…and many will hate this message because they hate the King. (see John 15:18)
Peter writes to the church here, and he tells them, listen; people will oppose the message you speak of and believe in. They will go around mocking you and our King. They will say, “Where is your God!?… Everything is the same as it’s been for years… This promise that you speak of means nothing… and you speak in vain.”
but my dear friend, my beloved brothers, and sisters… it is they who speak in vain.
Peter urges the church to remember the promises of old and how God fulfilled them.
HERE ME, CHURCH!
By His word, God destroyed the world that He spoke into existence by the word of His power…and He will do it again. The first time, it was with a flood that is almost unimaginable… and the second time, it will be with fire, as He has spoken.
But do not fear if you are in the Lord.
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess. 5:9
The Promise of Life
For, just as the unfaithful will face judgment for their sin in the coming of our Lord Rev. 21:8, we as the church with face life eternal with the one who gives life, Jesus. “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” John 5:39 ESV
In writing the prophecy of our coming King, John wrote, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Revelation 21:1-7 ESV
“Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” 2 Peter 3:14 ESV
In closing, God (through the hand of Peter) commands the people of God to seek Him diligently, to love Him, to honor Him, to be found holy and blameless in Him, without spot or wrinkle. The word of God for the people of God at this moment is one of humility. It is a call to deny ourselves and follow Him earnestly, daily, and early. It is one of evangelism. It is one of service. It is one of boldness.
It is one of love.
My beloved brothers and sisters; the Lord is being patient in these moments, “not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 ESV
And it is our duty to proclaim the glory of God so that others may hear and believe. For, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?…” “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:14-15a &13 ESV)
Praise to the King.
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Rom. 10:15b ESV)
Grace and Peace, Church