Sunday, September 30, 2007


2 Peter 3: 8-15 Make The Most Of Your Time

Sometimes getting some facts can turn some behaviour right around.
Peter was the cleaner and maintenance man at Canterbury Girls High School. He came to church one Sunday morning in Sydney and told me excitedly about a problem they were having at the Girls High school. Some of the girls were going into the Girls toilets each day, and with pink lipstick kissing the mirrors. There were literally thousands of pink kisses on the mirrors each day. And they were a real nuisance to clean off.
In agreement with the Headmistress she had called in the group of year ten girls who were the main culprits. She took them to the toilets where Peter met them.
“Look girls”, she said I want to show you how difficult it is to remove these pink kisses from the mirrors each day. Poor Peter has to do this every single day. And its not funny!” With that, peter got out his mop, carefully dipped it into the toilet, and scrubbed the lipstick from the mirrors. They never had a problem with pink lipstick on the mirrors again! A little knowledge can do mighty things!
A little knowledge can make mighty changes!
Prophetic truth is not for speculation, but rather for motivation.
Be diligent! That is the theme of the passage and also of the book.
2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; , 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: , 15 And I will also make every effort that after my departure you may be able to recall these things at any time.
In the Olivet Discourse Jesus told his disciples to watch for certain signs and moral conditions. The day of the coming of the Son of Man will find people doing the same things people were doing in the days just before the flood--marrying, eating and drinking. But you be alert, he told his disciples, just like the faithful servant who was put in charge of his master's household while his master was away. Be prudent, he warned, like the five virgins who waited for the bridegroom. Be faithful, like the servant who increased his talents while his master was away. Christ will return, yes, but when he returns will he find faith on earth? Be diligent to be found by him faithful, in peace.
Be Diligent To Do What’s Important.
Peter is reminding us to do what is important, and he’s giving us a little knowledge that will cause us to make some mighty big changes in our lives!

1. Be Diligent to Look For That Day 3x “look for”
2 peter 3:12 as you wait for and earnestly desire the coming of the day of God,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
13, Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

A Day Of Fury 10
2 Thess 1:7This will take place]at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels, 8 taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction, away from the Lord’s presence and from His glorious strength,
12 Then I saw Him open the sixth seal. A violent earthquake occurred; the sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair; the entire moon became like blood; 13 the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a high wind;
14 the sky separated like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the military commanders, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of Their wrath has come! And who is able to stand?”
Revelation 15: 7 One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.
Rev 19:15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

A Day Of Futility
10 But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that [day]the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Sin is laborious, spending of self and hard-earned sub¬stance for the things that will perish with the using. When we get them what do we have? We have to leave them all behind. They turn to ashes, to gall, to bitter wormwood. There is no need of elaborating on that. We have all learned it only too bitterly, alas, too well. Go out into the highways and byways of life. Watch the faces of the devotees of Satan. See how strained they are. See what efforts they put forth in order to obtain the things of this world, when in their sober moments they know that every¬thing they do get will result in their harm, in their loss, in their spiritual death. The way of the trans¬gressor is hard. The wicked are like the troubled sea. The devil has no bargains. You pay a thousand, aye, ten thousand times over for every bit of shoddy that you obtain in his market place. He cannot even give you a deed in simple fee. He has no control over life, over death, over eternity. Only God can do that. Only God has that.
Sin is costly, more costly than any and every other pursuit, more expensive than any and every other engagement of life. It costs everything, char acter, influence, reputation, time, health, love, home, money. Finally it costs the soul and heaven Itself. "For what shall it profit a man If he gam the whole world and lose his own soul" On top of that you must remember, oh, I beseech you to remember, that the devil cannot, that the devil does not, that the devil will not, ever, give anyone the whole world in exchange for his soul He bought Judas for thirty pieces of silver. Before. that time and since that time, he has been buying the eternal welfare of men oft times for even less than that. Examine what the devil has to offer 'you and you will find that it is trash, that there IS nothing to it, that it is not even worth one millionth of the price the devil asks for it, that it IS painted up, perfumed over to make it attractive, that there IS nothing solid nothing worth while about It.
Sin is extremely unsatisfying. There is nothing in sin that makes us content for any length of time. It is bitter, biting, blighting. It blights like the burn¬ing open-doored furnace, like the blazing noontide heat. It brings pain to the body, pangs to the heart, punishment to the soul. It IS a whip of scorpions by day, a nightmare by night, the shadow of an inevitable doom hanging like the sword of Damocles over the head of the sinner. You lose yourself for awhile in its hectic preoccupation, but as soon as the moments of enchantment are over there comes the bitter sting of repentance, of remorse, of burning memories.

A Day Of Fear 10, 12
A Day Of Finality 13
we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell.

Is your heart longing for Jesus to return? Are you looking for Him? I am. The coming of Jesus is really the only hope for this world. And when will that be? I don't know. It may be at morning when the clouds break open with sunlight and shadows of night recede from the sky. It may be at noon when the world is hustling and bustling. It may be at dusk when the birds are singing their evening song or at midnight when the stars will dim by the blaze of glory when He descends from the heavenlies. What joy fills my heart! Does it fill yours as well to think of that moment? Are you ready?

2. Be Diligent to Live For That Day
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness
“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance but to do what lies clearly at hand” W. Osler, Johns Hopkins University.
A. Live Holy Lives
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness
Put Time Into Being Holy Be separated from sin. Israel was a holy nation
Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Phil 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Put Time into Being Godly Be separated to God. Devoted to pleasing God.

B. Live Harmonious Lives
14 Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found in peace without spot or blemish before Him.
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Be diligent to be found by Jesus "spotless." The apostle has in mind Jesus as the spotless Lamb of God who was therefore acceptable to God as a sacrificial offering for sin. In his first letter, Peter reminded his readers to know that they were redeemed ". . . with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Pet. 1:19). When we truly understand the significance of the life and death of the perfect Lamb of God we are motivated to live lives acceptable to God by the power of the Holy Spirit. He died so that we may live, being made sin for us in order to redeem us. That is why Peter said in his first letter, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behaviour; because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:14-16). In contrast to the false teachers-- " stains and blemishes," as they were described by Peter in this second letter-- Christians are called to be "above reproach." John wrote, "And now little children, abide in Him, so when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming" (1 John 2:28).
Peter says, be diligent to be found by Christ "blameless." Here again we have the idea of the sacrificial lamb. "Blameless" here does not mean perfection. God deems the Christian to be blameless because the believer's sins are forgiven in Christ. On a human level, to be "blameless" has the idea that all wrongs have been righted and settled, thus reconciliation is possible.
Here is how Christians should be found by God, as Paul tells us in Ephesians, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him" (Eph. 1:3,4). Writing to the Philippians, the apostle says, "Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:14, 15). Christians are the light of the earth, the salt of the world.

C. Live Hearty Lives

15 Also, regard the patience of our Lord as an opportunity for salvation,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
Pray.. “Thy Kingdom Come”
Rev 8: 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
Passion adds Persuasiveness.
23 year old German girl came forward for baptism. To be interviewed by deacons, crying, out of concern for her brother who needed the Lord.
Deacon: “I move that we accept this young woman for baptism and after baptism into full membership of the church because she has already given ample and abundant proof of her salvation.”
As soon as she was on the Lord’s side she agonised over the lost.
Are you hearty about winning the lost?
There are four characteristics of persons who impact us the most. They are:
1. CONSISTENCY- that means we are not a flash in a pan. The consistent Christian is one who is unaffected by the fickle winds of popular opinion or political correctness. We ought to be a consistent people, consistent in our love, consistent in our offer of grace and mercy, and consistent in our belief in the presence and power of Jesus Christ to save and provide peace.
2. AUTHENTIC- I just recently saw a set of old Australian coins up for auction. On each one it had the statement: “this is a pretty good fake”. Who would have thought of trying to copy an Australian penny? I came across an old stamp on an envelope a 2d King Edward. I checked online if it was worth anything, and the announcement was that the faked ones were now worth more than the originals!
The certificate of authenticity for each Christian is the tangible and intangible effects of the Spirit of God in our lives. It means that we are real to the core, unhypocritical, not chrome plated and the genuine stuff right down to the nub.
3. TIRELESS- It is my belief that real Christianity exemplifies itself in a relentless determination to spend ones self. A person with spiritual impact is tremendously enthusiastic about their labor and unconcerned about obstacles. Are you tireless about winning the lost? I admire some of our older men and their consistency in witnessing to the lost at every opportunity.
4. UNSELFISHNESS- Those who impact us the most think of themselves the least. I was always told that the way to get everything you want is to make sure that everyone around you gets everything they want. You can only get that accomplished when you are absolutely self-less.

We Should Be Looking For The Lord's Return
We Should Be Living For Him Until He Comes
Holy godly blameless spotless lives.
We should be winning the lost until He comes.

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