Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2 Peter 3:8-13: Walking with the Confidence of Salvation

A thousand years as one day

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

Comments: There are those in the Christian communities that are beginning to tire of waiting for the Parousia. The writer of Second Peter is reminding them that God’s time is different than their time. This is sage advice. Now 2 millennia later we are still waiting for the coming of Christ.

All too often Christians get all hot and bothered about Judgment and the Second Coming just like the community that 2nd Peter is written to. But it is more important how I live my life from day to day. The response to the unfailing love that is marked for me in the Incarnation is to live a life of love. Lives of love are not lived in fear of judgment but with the confidence of the support of Christ.

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