Daily Reading: Daniel 4; 2 Peter 3
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, (2 Peter 3:11, NASB95)
Peter makes sure that his talk of the end times is practical. He doesn’t tell his readers about what’s to come to satisfy their curiosities, to entertain, or to impress them, but to exhort them to live holy lives in this present age.
- The present heavens and earth, with the corruption of the ungodly, are reserved for fire (2 Pet. 3:7, 12).
- The earth and its works will be burned up (2 Pet. 3:10). As Christians, our works that don’t meet the test of righteousness will be destroyed (1 Cor. 3:11-15).
- The new heavens and the new earth are so different than the present ones, primarily because they exist in righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13).
- The day of the Lord will come like a thief. It will surprise those who are unprepared (2 Pet. 3:10, Matt. 24:42-44; Lk. 12:40), but is looked forward to by those who are ready (2 Pet. 3:12).
Since we anticipate His coming, we are to be diligent to always be walking in peace and holiness (2 Pet. 3:14). The patience of the Lord (what some might call His delay) is salvation for us and for those who yet need to respond to the good news (2 Pet. 3:9, 15). Does the hope of His second coming cause you to live in holiness? Do you rejoice in the patience of God that has resulted in your own salvation? Are you taking opportunities to share God’s love with others until He comes?