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Saturday, October 10, 2009

lI Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

For further study - II Peter 3:1-9

As Peter concludes his last epistle, he does so with the goal of stirring up within each of us a "pure mind." He does that by bringing some things to our attention from what the prophets wrote, what the apostles taught, and the words of Jesus.

Then Peter warns us of what the last days will be like. They will be days when people will be scoffers, denying the promise of the Second Coming, verse 3. They will say, "Where is the promise of His coming?

Peter then talks about three additional events in history that those who deny the Lord's return to earth will also deny. Verses 4-7 discuss the Creation, how God brought the heavens and earth and all that is in them into existence. These same deniers will reject the historical fact of a worldwide flood and the earth-wide results of that flood.

The Biblical truth that judgment is coming, even on the heavens and the earth, which will both be burned up, will also be rejected which is a natural for someone who rejects what God did in Creation and as a result of the Flood.

Peter used the term, "willingly ignorant" to describe these deniers. I like the statement, "they will be dumb on purpose," better. That term fits people who reject the Lord and what He has done and will do. It is "on purpose" when someone will reject the Lord.

By the way, notice that these people are "deniers", verse 3, because they are "walking after their own lusts." Peter's description of the last days fits the description of the days we are living in now. There are many in the world that are "walking after their own lust." But there are many in the "church" that are also walking after their own lust today.

Today there are those that name the name of Christ and yet are walking after those same lusts that led them astray before their salvation experience. This is really evidence that the Rapture could take place very soon and it could be near to the time that the Lord could come back.

However, Peter reminds us of the reason the Lord has not yet come even though it seems like this is the time for His return. Look at verse 9 for that reason. Jesus is not willing that any should perish but all should come to Him for salvation. However, the Lord will only wait so long.

I do hope that this devotional for today did accomplish Peter's desire to stir up our minds to be pure and eagerly await His shout for us to join Him in the heavenlies.

PRAYER THOT: Help me, dear Lord, to lead others to You for salvation as I wait for Your soon return.