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Reminder: who we are and where we're going

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 7 months ago | 355 views Link:

Dear brothers and sister in the Lord,

We live in busy days, don’t we?  Life moves at a hectic pace and many things vie for our attention.  The world offers many attractions, some good and some not so good.  Even the good things can take up so much of our time that we can lose focus on the really important things.  The flesh and the devil also tempt us to fall away from wholly following the Lord in every area.  It’s good to be reminded of what is vital to our spiritual growth and the maintenance of our relationship to our Lord.

That’s exactly what the apostle, Peter, does for us.  In chapter 3 of his second letter, he says he writes his epistle to stir up our minds by way of reminder.  Peter wants to remind us of who we are and where we’re going.  He wants us to remember the words of the Lord to us through the holy prophets and the apostles.  He warns us that there are scoffers who do not believe the word of God and overlook the things God has done.  Peter has spent much time in his second letter telling us of false teachers who speak loud boasts of folly and entice people to follow them.  They allure people to follow them but Peter calls them slaves of corruption. 

Peter speaks of the day of the Lord in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Then he asks us the question: “what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,” waiting for that coming day.    He reminds us that we, according to God’s promise, are waiting for the new heavens and the new earth in which righteousness dwells.

We only realistically wait because we have had our eyes opened to see His promise and have been given faith to believe His promise.  We have obtained faith by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ as Peter says in chapter 1.

As a result of who we are (new creatures in Christ Jesus) and where we are going (new heavens and new earth), we are to make our calling and election sure.  So, Peter encourages and exhorts us with a “therefore.”

He closes his letter by urging us to be “diligent to be found in Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”  We are to count the patience of our Lord as salvation.  The only way to be found in Him without spot or blemish is to trust in His perfect sacrifice on our behalf.  As a result of believing in that sacrifice, we are made new creatures in Christ and citizens of those new heavens and earth.  Our new identity is found in Christ.

May we never forget who we are and where we are going.  May it cause us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  May we not get carried away by the “error of lawless people” and lose our stability.  May He receive “glory both now and to the day of eternity.”



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Chad Stephens

Thanks, brother

I was just listening to a clip from Piper’s old sermon in which the book, Don’t Waste Your Life was birthed out of. This is yet another good reminder that we not be given to the American dream, but to Jesus Christ who alone is worthy.

Linda Huffman

This is always a good reminder. Thanks Dale.

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