God's Time and Patience
2 Peter 3:10-18
INTRODUCTION: All Christians agree that faith in future glory ought to motivate the church. God's wish is for men to turn to Him and place their faith in Him and He demonstrates this by His longsuffering. However, a day is coming in God's time when the longsuffering of God will end. No one knows when this day will come (v.l0 teaches it ''will come as a thief in the night''). It will begin secretly, but it will conclude with the great change that Peter mentioned in II Peter 3:7, l0. This earth that we consider to be so substantial will not endure eternally. This truth should have a direct effect on believers. The thought of the earth's destruction should not lead the Christian to despair, for his life ought not to be wrapped up in the things of this world.
I don't understand all that is going to happen in the very end, as one Pastor said, ''I have moved off the Program Committee and joined the Welcoming Committtee.'' However, v.l0 teaches that in unexpected suddenness the heavens will disappear with a roar (the atmospheric heavens will vanish). Revelation 6:l4, ''and the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together...'' Secondly, the physical elements will be destroyed by fire. Thirdly, everything in the earth will be laid bare. This truth Peter uses to encourage and challenge our devotion to Christ.
I. OUR LIVING FOR THE SAVIOR. v.ll-l4
A. Response. ll
''ought'' - divine obligation
''holy'' - to separate; set apart
''godliness'' - to worship well; describes a person whose life is devoted to pleasing God.
''manner'' - exotic; out of this world, foreign
ILLUSTRATE: I John 3:l, ''Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God; therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.''
It is possible to be separated from sin positionally and yet not enjoy living for God personally.
Practical response should be holi ...
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