God’s Faithful Promise

God’s Faithful Promise

II Peter 3

April 28, 2018

Such beautiful and encouraging words Peter has for the Church here in his epistles.  Yet the crowning jewel, the final epitaph, he wishes to leave with his readers in chapter 3 is so simple yet so powerful.

How could someone such as this great Apostle sum up the theme of his entire life and ministry?  How can he convey one final truth to the flock Jesus entrusted into his care?  If he could put into one sentence all that he has learned throughout the years, what would it be?  We see it here in verse 9: "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

This is the entirety of God's will towards man, that all who come to Him he patiently awaits, and will in no wise turn away.  Isn't that wonderful?   And it is this same message that Peter clung to till the very end that we can likewise broadcast to the entire world!   As Paul declared, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief".

I'm so thankful Jesus was longsuffering towards me.  He patiently waited for me to come to that great revelation: He loves me, and He gave His life to save me!    And I, like Peter, have found Him to be a patient and longsuffering Savior.  

How about you?


II Peter 3:1-18 (KJV) 

Peter assures them that Christ will return

1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fir
e against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 

He tells the godly that God's long patience will hasten their repentance

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

and exhorts them to holiness of life


11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 


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Comments 3

Christine K on Sunday, 29 April 2018 07:59

We serve an Amazing God! Such encouraging promises God gives us!

We serve an Amazing God! Such encouraging promises God gives us!
Hal Tomlinson on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:31

Yes, Bro. David, so thankful for the loving out reach of the hand of Jesus into every aspect of life. Constant, tender and full of grace are His demonstrations of love

Yes, Bro. David, so thankful for the loving out reach of the hand of Jesus into every aspect of life. Constant, tender and full of grace are His demonstrations of love
Jennifer Luttman on Friday, 04 May 2018 12:08

He has been more than patient and longsuffering with me that's for sure. I'm so thankful that he is and will continue to be!

He has been more than patient and longsuffering with me that's for sure. I'm so thankful that he is and will continue to be!
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