The Big Picture
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
II Peter 3:9
April 9, 2006
Tonight I want to talk to you about The Big Picture. Look with me to 2 Peter 3. I want us to get this passage of scripture deep down into our hearts and minds tonight: Verses 9-10, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up."
Now what that tells us is this:
1. God wants everybody saved.
2. Time is running out.
3. The earth will pass away.
1 Timothy 2.4, "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." Again we're told that God desires for "all men to be saved." All right .. do you have that down? Then turn next to 1 Corinthians 15.34, "For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."
Not only does God want everybody saved .. He's done everything necessary for everybody to be saved. All right .. one more passage: Matthew 28.19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Not only does God want everybody saved .. and not only has God done everything necessary for everybody to be saved ... He now has commanded us to get that message out to everybody! Those are our marching orders from headquarters. And those orders stand! Plain and simple: that is His commission for our congregation and anything less is not acceptable.
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