Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming?” for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (KJV)
Last night as I was watching the news there seem to be an emptiness about the events that they were reporting. I had just challenged one of my co-workers that day to read II Peter which is only three chapters long, yet packed with so much truth for today’s Christians. The book of II Peter was a letter to those who had received a faith of the same kind as the apostles giving them instructions on how to live a believer’s life style while waiting on the Lord to return. This is also the life style that we should be living in this present age. In chapter three Peter writes “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lust, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming?”.
Know this first of all the Lord is coming. As we live on life on this earth do we live it in the light that Christ might come to earth tomorrow? Will my labors of the day and my plans for the future be wasted if the Lord was to return today? Peter states that with fact should always be with us. In chapter three verse eleven he wrote ” Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.” As I read II Peter I realize that we have misplaced our true purpose on this earth. We have become firemen fighting to save a burning building instead of being firemen with the sole desire to save lives from a burning building.
So as Peter closes his short epistle with these words “You therefore beloved knowing this beforehand be on your guard lest being carried away by the error of unprincipled men fall from your own steadfastness.” we need to look a our true purpose in life. This purpose is simple. We are to KNOW that Christ is coming and to live our life according. Knowing this we should be found to be spotless and blameless, growing in the grace and creation knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Having the same purpose as God does which is waiting patiently for his , not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Wherefore Know this first of all the Lord will return.