August 31st, 2016
Are You Sure?
Benjamin Franklin is given credit for the following quote in a letter he wrote in 1789 regarding the American Constitution: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”
It’s true isn’t it, we are all going to face death; where we’ll spend eternity is the question that we must ask ourselves and then ensure our lives line up to where our heart desires to be.
Over the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to open 2 Peter and prepare for the Live Event, the final lesson for the online class, and lead the group of guys I have been studying with all summer. During this time the Lord continued to draw me back to a series of verses that we didn’t even study through cross-references. The verses are the very final words from the prophet Isaiah:
“For just as the new heavens and new earth which I make will endure before Me”, declares the Lord, “So your offspring and your name will endure. “And it shall be from new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord. “Then they will go forth and look on the corpses of men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die and their fire will not be quenched; and they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:22-24)
What continues to strike me about these verses is the phrase “all mankind will come to bow down before Me.” This seems to fit very well with our cross-references on the Day of the Lord. This Day of the Lord (2 Peter 3:10) and this Day of God (2 Peter 3:12) point to a day in which all will bow before the Lord. In our study we learned that this Day of the Lord is a day of destruction like no other, where hearts will melt away, the present heavens and earth will be destroyed, and the ungodly will be judged. The Old Testament references we looked at describe this day like nothing that has ever been seen before or will ever be seen again.
From the beginning of our study in 2 Peter we have studied Peter’s diligence in ensuring those who profess Jesus Christ with their lips also show it in their actions. Disciples of Christ should bear fruit that proves they are partakers of the divine nature, being obedient to the Lord’s calling. This kind of active diligence and fruit-bearing give us security in knowing that when the day of God arrives, our entrance into the eternal kingdom will be abundantly supplied.
The call for us going on from here is to continue to grow in the knowledge: gnosis – the investigative knowledge of Jesus Christ. Our cross-references in the Precept Upon Precept study encourage us to move from milk to solid food, moving from the elementary principles of the Christian faith into a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ. When we do this we’ll continue to develop and perfect those characteristics mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5-11.
As we end our summer study in the word I have three questions for you.
1. Are you confident, are you certain of His calling and choosing of you?
2. Where will you spend eternity? When you bow before the Lord will you be granted access to the kingdom of God or will you be like those described in Isaiah, the ones who are looked upon as an abhorrence?
The Day of the Lord is near. It is not a day to take lightly; it will be a day of great devastation and death. What is at stake is more certain than physical death and taxes. What is at stake here is the certainty of spiritual death – eternal separation from God, or eternity with Jesus Christ. This is serious business and as we inch closer to the Lord’s return we must be ready and alert.
3. Finally, what are you going to do now? Precept Ministries is a ministry you can count on for solid Bible studies; we have hundreds of them that will help you dig deeper in to God’s Word and grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Don’t hesitate. Get a study today and keep digging deep. Watch our website for upcoming online classes or find a class near you. Please contact us if we can serve in any way as it is our desire to partner with Canadians in studying God’s Word through Inductive Bible Study.