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Strive as we wait

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert by Rev Mark Harris

[Sunday 7th December 2014 7.30am St Andrews, 9.30am Dunoon, 6.30pm St Peter’s]

 

ADVENT 2                                Strive as we wait!                         2 Peter 3:8-15a

 

 

Strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish… 

Welcome to Church today as we consider how we wait for our Lord Jesus’ return!

 

The first thing we’re told to do is to remember! Remember that scripture has already told us what it will be like before Jesus returns.

The Apostle Peter is clear that people deliberately ignore God the Creator. It’s not that there’s no evidence for Creator God, it’s that they choose to ignore the evidence.

 

Scoffers will come, and have come, who will say that there is no God; ‘So live however you feel like, indulge your lusts’! Sound familiar?!

 

Secondly, we see that the Lord is not slow in His promise as some think of slowness. “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.” Our God is patient, far more than we are, because He wants people to come to repentance!

To turn from living as if there is no God, to living with Jesus as Lord and king over their life!

 

And finally, what does a repentant person look like? The repentant person strives to live a Godly life, a life of “peace, without spot or blemish”; they seek to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” as they wait for the Lord Jesus to return. Of course, we can’t do this in our own strength; we need the help of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

May all of us here in our Parish of Lismore strive to live a repentant life to the glory of God!

NRS  2 Peter 3:1-18  1This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you  2 that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour spoken through your apostles. 3 First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!” 5 They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, 6 through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished.  7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the Day of Judgment and destruction of the godless.

 

8 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. 9 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.  10 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. 11 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, 12 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? 13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. 14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

 

So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

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