Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2 Peter 3 - Be On Your Guard

LINK: 2 Peter 3
  
BACKGROUND


Be on your guard lest, 
being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, 
you fall from your own steadfastness. 
(2 Peter 3:17b)


In this chapter, Peter refreshes the memory of these persecuted believers. The holy prophets spoke of the Day of the Lord (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21; Ephesians 3:5). Jesus spoke of it and His return (John 14:1-3), and the apostles reinforced it (1 Corinthians 15:23; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:14-18; Hebrews 9:28; James 5:7). Therefore, these believers were not to let the scoffers (false teachers), who deny Jesus Christ and His return, get to them! 


Why has God waited so long for the day of the Lord? There are two reasons: 

1) God's timetable is not our timetable. 
2) He wants as many people as possible to come into the kingdom in His time frame. 

In the Lord's time, the end times with Jesus' return will be quick (Matthew 24:42-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; Revelation 3:3; 16:15). It will be a time of cataclysmic earthly events. 



While they waited for His coming, they were to live pure and blameless lives, at peace with God. Also they were to be on their guard and steadfast in the truth and not give in to the error of the false teachers. The most significant thing is that God is waiting for those who do not know Him to be saved! He is a merciful God. 


APPLICATION 


Are you being diligent to grow spiritually as You wait for His coming?


Are you actively involved in spreading the Good News of the gospel knowing that God wishes no one to perish?

Do you pray for others to be saved, even the ones you think are the most evil? Here is a prayer guide for praying for one of the most brutal people on earth right now: 

30 Day Prayer Guide


PRAYER


Lord, help us to be alert and steadfast in truth by seeking Your face diligently and learning how to follow You. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen. 
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