Sunday, August 19 – TRINITY 12
2 Peter 3:1-13 (NKJV)
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Saviour, 3knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5For this they wilfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and [b]perdition of ungodly men. 8But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The 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. 10But 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. 11Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Fulfilment of biblical predictions makes God’s word authentic and distinct. It is impossible that God should lie, His promises are immutable (Heb. 6:17-18). The coming again of Jesus is certain and sure. We live in days of pin-point fulfilment of signs of His coming; earthquakes in various places, wars and rumours of wars, false prophets, false Christs, increase in wickedness and times of stress (2Tim. 3:1-7), etc. Angels made it clear that Jesus will come again. Jesus went to prepare a place for us; He will certainly come again (Acts1:11, John 14:1-3).
The scoffing of scoffers, vain philosophies, doctrines of demons and unbelief will never nullify the promises of His coming again. Jesus will rapture the Saints before the great day of the Lord (1 Thess. 4:13-18). The delay in His coming is meant to lead to our repentance so that we do not perish. Receive Jesus now and be saved; now is the day of salvation (John 1:12, 2 Cor. 6:2).
The day of the Lord will come like a thief; it is a day of wrath, distress, ruin, devastation, darkness, gloom, judgment and destruction of ungodly men (Zeph. 1:14-16). There is great danger ahead; by God’s word the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. God had promised us new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells. Holiness and godliness in Christ will usher us into this. Look up, our redemption is drawing near, Jesus will surely come, Maranatha!
Prayer: Lord, a little while, the coming one shall come and shall not tarry, help us to patiently wait for Him, clothed with the garment of righteousness in Jesus’ Name, Amen.