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11/24/2017

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Do Not Forget


"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Pet.3:8-9).

Early Christians expected Jesus to return quickly. To be sure, in his 1st epistle, Peter wrote this; "the end of things is near" (4:7). James added; "You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near"  (5:8). We can see how their expectations were that he would be back soon... But as we read today's verses, Peter reminds his us that the Lord does not live under the same times restraints that people do...If the Lord were to delay His coming another thousand years, the time would be brief, Here's the big ticket item, though...  Christians are to live in expectation! The critics and mockers point to the passage of time and argue that Christians ought to give up hope, but Peter says something else for the critic to consider. The delay in His return is not because God is slow in keeping His promises. Verse nine explains that quite clearly as is maintains that He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.... The apostle Paul wrote in similar terms to Timothy when he said, "who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth"  (1 Tim.2:4). The more important thing to know is what will happen when Christ returns, rather than when... Peter, as Jesus did, says that He will come as a thief in the night. ((2 Pet.3:10; cf Matt.24:43; Lk.12:39; I Thess.5:2; Rev.3:3).  Since a thief does not announce his coming, like a homeowner, a Christian must be ready. When the Lord returns, there is the judgement, and then the earth as we know it will pass away... Though its been 2,000 years since Peter wrote these things, it does not alter the truth. We must not forget that Jesus will return, and we must be ready...

Have a great day....   Let His light shine through you....    Love                             mark                                  Phil.4:11

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