- A Christians relationship
with God should be something that grows daily. There is no point in our
relationship with God where we stop growing in our knowledge of Him. We
need to always be seeking ways to understand God in a deeper way. Our
attempts to know Him have the benefits of grace, peace, and escape from
the destructive forces of living in this world.
- Both as a demonstration of
our thankfulness for our salvation and our desire to participate in those
things that have eternal kingdom value; we are told to be zealous in our
efforts to contribute to the fulfillment of God’s will.
- The faithful Christian is
constantly cultivating his relationship with Christ and is bearing the
fruit of that relationship in this life as well as storing up an eternal
reward in the everlasting Kingdom of God.
- Peter reminds his readers
to keep building up their relationship with Christ and to be totally sold
out to Him. Peter is well aware that the time is approaching when the
baton will be handed off to the next generation and he wants to make
certain that they don’t fumble the exchange. They need to be particularly
focused at this crucial point in the history of the Church.
- The prophets are to be
tested. If what they have said does not stand up to the events that unfold
through history then their words have no value. We need to approach modern
day prophets with a much more critical eye without cowering to the notion that we may somehow ‘quench’
the Spirit by questioning the validity of a ‘prophet’s’ statements.
- A true prophet does not
speak what is on his own heart, but rather, what is on the heart of God.
The true prophet does not speak for Himself. He speaks for the Almighty.
- The current ‘Christian’
atmosphere is polluted with false teaching. The amount of made up stories
and false claims that are created in order to generate greater book sales
is appalling. There is a tremendous lack of submission to authority in our
present day as everyone feels that they are an authority unto themselves.
Our only protection against such false teachers is to be well acquainted
with God’s Word. It is only by becoming intimate with the truth that we
will easily be able to discern the lie.
- The long delay in the
return of Christ was the argument used against His return by the scoffers.
The defense against this error was that God was not ‘slow’, but was ‘patient’
because He did not want people to perish. He wanted more people to make it
than that which could fit inside of a wooden ark built by the hands of
- God is going to fulfill
His plan and it is going to be on His timetable and will achieve the
results that He desires. Nothing that man does will stand in the way of
Him fulfilling His mission.
The days of Noah and the day in which we now live is similar in every spiritual way imaginable! Rather than scoff at the fact that the Lord has not yet returned we need to rejoice that His patience means the possibility of more people escaping the certain judgment to come.
- The day is ‘slow’ in
coming because God takes no pleasure in the destruction of His creation.
He desires that all would come to repentance. His patience equals
- Based on the certainty of
Christ’s return we need to make every possible effort to live holy,
blameless, and peaceful lives. Every day and every decision needs to be
lived out with an eye on Christ’s imminent return. Keeping His return in
focus will bring greater clarity to every decision that we make.
- The life of a Christian is one in which we should be continually striving to become more like our Savior. We can never stop working on our relationship with Him; and we can never stop working on helping the advancement of His Kingdom on this earth. He is coming back. The only question that remains is will He find us faithful when He returns?