Gear Up for the Wrap Up! (13 of 16) by Jerry Vines

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Gear Up for the Wrap Up! (13 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
Jerry Vines
I Peter 4:7-11
12/12/04

Interestingly where I am in our study through the book of I Peter, which I am building around the theme "There's Hope," we have a passage of scripture which really ties in well for the celebration of Christmas and the meaning of Christmas. I'm going to talk with you from these verses around the subject "Gear Up for the Wrap Up."

Where you live and when you live should have a great deal to do with how you live. In October we had some minor eruptions at Mount St. Helens again. It was spewing a little. The scientists called it hiccups. But when that happened, it reminded me of the major eruption of Mount St. Helens back in 1980. It reminded me of the fact that so much damage was done and how the people who lived right on the edge of that volcano were in a dangerous and precarious position.

Where you live around a volcano and when you live when it's getting ready to erupt should make a great deal of difference in how you live. Sometimes people are in danger and they don't know they are in danger. When I moved down here to Florida I began to read about sink holes and how that people, unaware, could be living right on the edge of a sink hole and then one day that thing would just drop into the earth and whole houses go down into it.

You could be living on the edge of danger, right on the verge of a tragedy, and you may not even be aware of it.

Simon Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes a very interesting statement in verse 7. He says, "But the end of all things is at hand." You could translate that, "The end of all things is close at hand." It is very near. The wrap up is just ahead. He's referring to the end times. He's referring to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Somebody says, "Simon Peter was mistaken." It's been 2000 years now since Simon Peter said, "The end of all things is at hand, and Jesus is coming." But Jesu ...


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