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Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:8-13 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 3
2 Peter 3:8 Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
Peter may have been alluding to the following verse:
Psalm 90:4 (HCSB) For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.
God sees the end from the beginning. We see time totally different from God. We are walking it out, living it, moment by moment, and to us, a painful moment can seem to last forever. We are limited by the concept of time: we see a beginning and an end. We do not see the future end as God does, nor do we understand that life here is but a breath compared to an eternity spent with God or in the case of the ungodly, without Him.
James 4:14 (NASB) Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
The depth and breadth of eternity is endless, no beginning and no end. As human beings, we have a difficult time comprehending the concept of eternity. But for God, eternity is reality.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
God is not dragging His feet. He is not delaying judgment for the sake of the wicked but is waiting patiently until the time that all of His children are gathered into His family. All those who are His will come to repentance, but judgment is prepared and will be brought upon those who reject the only remedy to the condition of sin, trust in Jesus Christ. Do not see the delay as a negative thing. It is God giving more time for salvation.
2 Peter 3:10 But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.
The day of judgment, the end of our present earth, will be a complete surprise, especially to those who are unprepared. I would not want to be in that group, taken by total surprise and unprepared to face the Lord Jesus on His judgment seat. The picture Peter paints is of a huge crackling fire burning so hot that the elements, the atoms, neutrons, etc. that make up all matter will be completely consumed.
2 Peter 3:11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness 12 as you wait for and earnestly desire the coming of the day of God. The heavens will be on fire and be dissolved because of it, and the elements will melt with the heat.
We need to be living as if Jesus’ return could be tomorrow or today. We desire to be found being faithful to our calling and living Christ-like lives at that time. We need to live expectantly as if His coming is in the next few moments. We are to long for that day. Wait, wait, wait! We are to desire the cataclysmic event that will end our world?!
2 Peter 3:13 But based on His promise, we wait for the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell.
I feel better. I finally have understanding of why I should be excited for this event. He is going to create us a brand new heaven and a brand new earth wherein there will be no sin! Righteousness and godly living will be all that is there. No more evil, no more temptation, no more tears. Therefore, peace will reign because Jesus is the King. I find it hard to wrap my mind around a perfect earth filled with perfected people, but I still want to be there! Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, that is the place I want to live, thrive, and flourish. I am ready for this to be my reality as it has been God’s all along, to see things from God’s perspective. We will bask, not in the light of the sun, but in the light of the SON!
Chew on This: For the unbeliever, the thought of the earth dissolving and a final judgment sounds terrifying. For the Christian, it is the beginning of eternity with our Lord on an earth cleansed from all evil. In light of this, we need to be sharing the gospel with everyone we meet and living each moment as if the Lord’s return is immediate.
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Session 13 – 2 Peter 3:1-2 - WITH ANTICIPATION – Day 1
2 Peter 3:1 (HCSB) Dear friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you; in both letters, I want to develop a genuine understanding with a reminder, 2 so that you can remember the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the command of our Lord and Savior given through your apostles.
Peter addressed his letter to “dear friends,” fellow believers whom he loved dearly. His desire was that they not be in a place of denying the Lord and His Lordship as Peter himself had been on the night the Lord was arrested. Peter had walked with the Lord, seen His miracles, and even seen His glory on the mount of transfiguration; but he still denied knowing Jesus when fear overtook him. He wanted to make the prophecies of the Messiah and the fulfillment of those prophecies in the Lord Jesus very clear to those who would read and hear his letter lest they, too, fail to stand strong in their faith. By this time, Paul had written many epistles (letters) and others of the apostles were teaching and writing as well. Peter wanted his fellow believers to understand that the apostles’ teaching was as much Scripture as the Old Testament and that it was instruction from the Lord Jesus. Peter wanted Christians to know that the teachings of the apostles should be viewed with the same weight and reverence as the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus had told Peter to feed and shepherd His sheep. Part of shepherding is protecting and guiding the sheep. This is what Peter was doing by writing these letters. He was warning the flock about and guiding them away from false teachers. Peter wrote these things in the form of letters so that even though he was about to abandon his earth-suit and join the Lord, they would be able to hold on to the truths of the scripture with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Chew on this: Most of us reading this in the West, are blessed to have the Word of God readily available to us. Do we read and study it as we should? There are many believers around the world who long to have one copy or even a portion of scripture available to them, who are hungry to read God’s word. Thank the Lord for your Bible and USE it daily! Pray about sending Bibles to those who do not have them. You can do this through several different organizations. We like to go through www.persecution.com
Instead of exchanging gift cards among the adults in your family this Christmas, we suggest donating Bibles in their names.