Behold 2 Peter 3:9-13...
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
I was so impacted by these verses this morning.
These verses have all the aspects of God's redemptive plan wrapped up in a compact space.
1. God is a Lover. God wants all of His humans-made-in-His-likeness to come to Him and repent of their wicked and sinful lives.
2. God is Patient. God's patience suspends His judgment because His love propels His desire to keep on drawing those who will come to Him.
3. God is not Patient Forever. God will draw the curtain of history to a close someday and wrap up shop on everything He has made.
4. God is a Destroyer. God will dissolve or bring to nothing the entire universe and everything inside of it that is unrighteous. That includes stars, moons, ants and anything tainted by sin (everything).
5. God expects us to have an End-of History View. If everything will be dissolved this way how should we live? For the 'now' and physical or for the 'later' and eternal?
6. God is a giver of Righteousness. Through the repentance of humans and the accepting of Jesus' righteousness that we cannot generate for ourselves, God makes us righteous so we can live for eternity in a place that is totally regenerated and righteous--the new heaven and new earth...without ipads...
It is amazing to consider that we may get to see this event from heaven with God when He recreates everything just like the angels did when this universe was created. Maybe God will let you watch your ipad melt...nooooooooooooooooooooo!
Live for eternity today!
Posted on Fri, March 16, 2012
by Jim Jackson