The Attitude of Being Ready for the Biblical End Time (3)
2 Peter 3:11
Speaker: Reverend Philip Lee
Service: Moriah, Morning Service
Date: September 20, 2020
God’s redemptive history consummated
By Jesus’ Second Coming, God’s redemptive history will be consummated. Therefore, Jesus’ Second Coming will be the end of the world. People are interested in the things pertaining to the end; however, Jesus said that the time of the end is unimportant for it is under the authority of God and we must entrust that to the Father and go forth and be witnesses (Acts 1:6-8). When the end comes, God will knowingly carry it forth. Therefore, how must we prepare ourselves for the end and what kind of people must we be?
We must be in holy conduct and godliness
In preparation for the end time, we must live holy and godly lives (2 Pet 3:11). First, holy conduct is necessary for God is holy. We must become holy through the Word of God and prayer (1 Tim 4:5; Lev 11:45). God, who is holy called us and therefore we ourselves need to be holy in all our behavior (1 Pet 1:15). The opposite of holy conduct is “obscene conduct,” which is the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (2 Pet 2:7). Sodom and Gomorrah had an obscene way of life. In fact, they carried on homosexual relations in Sodom and Gomorrah which is a grave sin before God (Rom 1:27). Also, incorrect conduct is “futile conduct” (1 Pet 1:18). This futile way of life is something that was passed down from one’s fathers and inherited by their children. The expression “futile way” in Greek is “ματαιότης” (mataiotés) meaning something that is worthless or something that is done in vain. Therefore, we must get rid of behavior that is worthless and in vain and no use in glorifying God.
Secondly, godliness is necessary (2 Pet 3:11). Godliness is participating in the divine nature of God (2 Pet 1:4). Thus we must let go of the lust and corruption of the world and be partakers of God’s divine nature (2 Pet 1:5-7). By partaking in God’s divine nature, we will be firm in God’s calling and His choosing of us and not stumble (2 Pet 1:10). Therefore, how can we maintain this godliness? The word “godliness” in Greek is “εὐσέβεια” (eusebeia) which means to worship properly or to give worship in the proper manner. Thus, the beginning of godliness is to give worship to God. The expression “to watch" a worship service is wrong. Instead, we must “give" worship with all of our hearts. Whether physically at church or via YouTube, we must "give" worship. That is the way for us to maintain godliness. We must be found by God in peace by diligently giving our worship and walk with the Father like Enoch (2 Pet 3:14).
How must we prepare ourselves for the end time?
In order to prepare for the end times, we must earnestly yearn in hopefulness for the day of the Lord. What is the day of God? First, the day of God is the day that the Lord will come again (2 Pet 3:12). The “day of God” is the day of the 2nd coming of the Lord (2 Pet 3:10). It is the day of Christ Jesus (Phil 1:6, 10; 2 Cor 1:14; Luke 17:22).
Secondly, we must look for that day to come. This means that we are to earnestly wait in hopefulness for the day of God. The moment the saints of the early church opened their eyes, they proclaimed and said, “Come Lord Jesus!”
And this is how they waited in anticipation for the coming of the Lord (Rev 22:20). Likewise, we must wait in hope for the Second Coming of the Lord and as we do so, conduct ourselves in holiness and godliness.
Thirdly, we must earnestly yearn for that day to come. When we are ill-stricken, we have an earnest hope to be healed of that illness. We have a hopefulness that our business will do well or that our income may increase.
However, above all of these things, we must earnestly yearn for the “day of God to come” (2 Pet 3:12). This means we want to actively bring forth and hasten the day of the Lord. To hasten the day of the Lord is to proclaim the gospel of heaven; then the end will come (Matt 24:14). This demonstrates that God is most pleased with “evangelism.” When we are diligent in proclaiming the Word of redemptive history, how pleased will God be?
Conclusion: We must not distort the Bible (2 Pet 3:16). Those who misinterpret the Bible and the people that follow them will go the path of destruction. The Bible must be interpreted according to the intended way that God wants and not for the purpose and benefits of man. Those who misinterpret the Word of God are “unprincipled men” who have fallen from the Word of God and have no relevance to the Word of God (2 Peter 3:17). The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit; therefore, the Holy Spirit must interpret the Word for us, for all Scripture is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21; 1 Cor 2:10). For those that listen to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will be poured out on you (Acts 10:44). Therefore, we must grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The attitude of preparing for the end time is to grow and not stay in one place. Like eagles, may our faith ascend, and may we be able to fly higher to God so that our zeal for God may go up. Today, we must become humble. Let us prostrate ourselves before God and listen to the Word of God. To depart from the church is to depart from the Word of God. Through holy conduct and godliness, let us arm ourselves with these traits so that we will in hopefulness wait for the day of the Lord. Moreover, let us proclaim the Word of redemptive history so that we will hasten the day of the Lord. And let us not misinterpret or distort the Bible and not be misled. Let us hold on to the Word of God until the very end in humility and let us listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. And may the Holy Spirit be with us until the day we are all transfigured and protect us through the blessing of Jehovah-Shammah. May the grace of sabib sabib surround all the families of Pyungkang Church, here and around the world.