Todays reading’s are 2 Kings 22 and 2 Peter 3:14-18..
So we come to the end of 2 Peter. If you have been following this blog or reading through 2 Peter you will realise that in chapter 3, the end of the world is spoken about, as is the biblical reality that the second coming will happen. Our Lord will return and it will be like a thief in the night.
As we wait for this day we are called to live “holy and godly lives”. Now we come to the end. The end of this letter not “the end”.
Once again Peter speaks gently, “Dear friends, since you are looking forward to this”.
Are we? Am I? I am wondering about what this will be like? I stop and listen to the music that is playing in the background. It is Kate Miller-Heicke singing “The Last Day on Earth.” Spooky? Am I allowed to say that?
What can we learn from Peter’s conclusion about the end? A lot! No matter when it comes, no matter the timing of the return of our Lord, the bottom-line is that we should be living lives now that make us better Christians. How encouraging that our Lord’s patience teaches us about God’s saving purposes (15). Thinking of the end should affect how we live now, who we share what we know with, how we forgive others and how we seek to live lives that honour God (see 2 Peter 1:5-9).
Peter was concerned that false teachers were mocking the idea of Christ’s return in glory. So as we saw yesterday, today we are still challenged by this thinking. We are warned to be on our guard, to not get carried away by what others say, lest we fall from our “secure position.”
No, while the end may be in sight, let us continue to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. In doing this we will become more and more like Christ.
So when all is said and done, let us not get caught in the crowd, instead let us live lives and develop such a faith that refuses to be domesticated by our world.
“To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”