Peter: The Disciple part 12b


So, What Sort of Person Should I Be?

II Peter 3:11-13

Perhaps the better question is, why? Why is it so important for me to continue my belief in the soon coming of Christ in the clouds of Glory?

I have wondered about that myself. If the time of His coming has no clear and definite time to take place, at least not one that you and I can determine, then what is the point.

Peter uses an interesting physiological twist to drive home his point. First, he states that we know it will definitely take place because we (the disciples and others) were witnesses to Christ’s first coming, when he offered himself up to die on the cross. Because this was a prophecy that others scoffed at, but we know it came true because we were witnesses to all that He did, then we have the certainty that Christ will indeed come again.

Furthermore, because you have forsaken past life style for one that is pleasing and acceptable to God, why would you want to give that up and suffer the consequences of those that lived in the time or Noah and died as a result of the flood. But beyond that, God has shown us what the final judgement will look like be through the destruction by fire of Sodom and Gomorrah, the two great cities that practiced every kind of licentious behavior.

Therefore, since you have the sure promise of Christ’s second coming, and although we do not understand the time frame of our Heavenly Father, our Heavenly Father has called us out of a life of darkness and into the light of His presence.

Therefore, if we live in the light of His presence with the hope of His soon return, why, why would we ever want to go back to the way we were before our acceptance of Christ as our Savior and Lord?

You see, if we really believe that Jesus will return to punish sin and reward the righteous, then this has a profound implication for everyday living. We do not want to live in fear of God, thinking that God only wants to destroy us, but should serve him out of love, for the sacrifice he has made for our salvation. Not by fear, but by love. We need not fear God, when we love him and desire to so as he asks.

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

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