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11/29/2017

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A Call To Be Diligent


"Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found in him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction"  (2 Pet.3:14-16).

First of all since I have chosen the term diligence as a part of my title, lets get a closer look at what it actually means... The dictionary says this;  "characterized by steady, earnest and energetic effort... industrious, hard-working, assiduous, and conscientious..." When the apostle Peter is talking about the 2nd coming, he leads it of with a "therefore." I believe that someone really means business when they preface their remarks with a therefore. It means that he is exhorting us in some special way, and in this case, it is to be diligent. Back in 2 Pet.1:5, the therefore led into a list of special virtues that all Christians are to strive for. He urged them (and us) to diligence in making that list of graces a part of our day-to-day habits... In today's verses, Peter exhorts us again. This time he says be diligent to be found in him in peace, spotless and blameless.... What those who were trying to divert them were doing was to break the link between belief and behavior. Christ will have none of this! Peter never tired of stressing this-worldly consequences of the other-worldly look... Christians are to live godly lives in anticipation. To really get his point across, Peter references the apostle Paul's writings, probably the book of Romans. He lets them know that some things are hard to understand. I think that this "hard to understand" is a part of what makes Christianity great. He lets us know that some will try to distort these Scriptures, just as were doing with his own. He still affirms that "no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God"  (1:20-21). Peter makes a noteworthy claim when he places Paul's letters on a par with Scripture. If we want to found in the Lord, we must be diligent...

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better....      Love                               mark                                  Phil.4:11

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