SanLo Community, an update for the week of August 5, 2018…
Thank you Pastor Brian for the message from 2 Peter 3:10-18, “Living IN the Day FOR the Day.” There are three things to keep in mind as we daily live out the sometimes challenging life of faith in light of knowing the end. The Bible is clear, there is no question of Jesus’ return and it will not be a good day for those who reject Him. But for those who “Live IN the day, FOR the day” it will be a glorious day. How does knowing for certain that Jesus is returning make a difference today? How should we Live IN the day For the Day until He returns? The end is guaranteed, how should we live today?
I. We should make every effort to live in the EXPECTATION of Jesus’ return. (vv.10-13) Everyday responsibilities and duties can become mundane and tiresome. Anticipating a vacation, party, or celebration, is exciting and makes each day more manageable. When we know for certain the future event will be a wonderful happening, expectations rise. We ought to live with that same great expectation and anticipation of Jesus’ return because, for the believer, the Day of the Lord will be a day to look forward to! Verse 13, “But according to His promise we are looking for the new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” The Bible tells us in verse 10 that the day of the Lord will come like a thief but this does not apply for those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6) For the children of God, the day will not come as surprise because God’s people are “sons of light and sons of day...not of night or darkness.” The Day of the Lord will be full of horror, but as verses 12-13 informs us, for the children of God the “Day of God” will bring “a new heaven and new earth.” Two days are noted, the Day of the Lord and the Day of God. Each of these days mark different events in God’s plan. The “Last Days” are from the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection on the Cross until the Day of the Lord. We are living in the “Last Days.” Also note that Day of the Lord and the Day of God are not the same day but two different occurrences. The Day of the Lord from verses 10 and 12 describe it as a day when “The heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat...the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” It is during the Day of God in verse 13 that tells us we are looking for God’s promise of “the new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” From that point forward eternal life with God, the Day of God, sin, suffering, depression, violence, murder, death and all things bad will disappear and be no more. We should make every effort to live with great expectation of Jesus’ return because we have a new heaven and earth to look forward to.
II. We should make every effort to PLEASE Jesus in all that we do. (vv.14-16) It’s very important to keep in mind that this second point is not about salvation but of Christian lifestyle. Salvation is not earned. No amount of our efforts, good deeds, words, or church participation to please Jesus will free us from the grasps of sin. Only through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection are we guaranteed a life with God for eternity. The desire to live in a way that pleases Jesus is not about salvation but sanctification. How we daily live as grace-filled, forgiven people should be so apparent in our conversations, interactions, and actions, people will notice and maybe wonder why you’re different in a good way. Verse 14, “Be diligent (NASB) make every effort (NIV) to found by Him (Jesus) in peace, spotless, and blameless.” How can we please Jesus? By living above reproach. Be diligent, make every effort to live in peace, and be spotless and blameless. This is not an easy way to live for sure. It’s challenging to live above reproach. None of us are perfect but as followers of Christ Jesus, we are called to be His ambassadors. We are given the awesome and terrifying privilege to represent Jesus through our lives so that all may know the love of God through Jesus. Praise God that He is patient as He waits for His people to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. God is patient but it will not be forever. His patience eventually comes to an end at the Day of the Lord. God is allowing and giving time for all of humanity to repent and turn to Jesus as Lord and Savior before that day arrives. It is a day that will happen but Verse 9 reveals the heart of God who does not wish “for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” For God’s people, verses 14-16 reminds us that time is limited to tell others about Jesus and His return. For those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior it’s good to keep in mind that time is short. We are called to live a life that reflects the character of Jesus and pleases Him so that others may know Him. Jesus’ love is full of grace, forgiveness, truth and mercy our lives should be the same.
III. We should make every effort to GROW in Jesus. (vv.17-18) We know as believers that we are to include God in everything we do. Our foundation for life is Jesus and we seek to continually build upon our understanding of Him. If the knowledge of His return deeply affects and changes our lives today, we will GROW in Jesus. Verse 18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity (The Day of God). Amen. God warns us in verse 17 to “be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness.” We are being warned to not let false teaching cause us to stray from the truth of Jesus’ return but to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
For some of us 2 Peter 3:10-18 may seem harsh. How can a loving God allow such torment and destruction to occur at the end of time? We need to look back at 2 Peter 3:8-9 to realize that it is God’s desire that everyone would live with Him in eternity but there is finality to His plan. God in His love and patience does not wish anyone to perish. But eventually as we learn throughout the Bible, His long suffering patience will end for those who continually and constantly reject Him. The end time message is a reminder that time is ticking away. We who know Jesus as Savior and Lord need to tell others about Him because there is no question of Jesus’ return. It will not be a good day for those who reject Him. But for those who know Him and “Live IN the day, FOR the day” it will be a glorious day.