June 2017


THE CHALLENGE OF WORLD EVENTS - 2 PETER CH.3
 
In Acts ch. 1 v7 the Lord Jesus in His final communication to His Disciples made it clear to them that it was not for them “to know the Times and the Seasons, i.e. (the WHEN) of future events, since they were locked in the Eternal Counsels of the Father.  However, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Peter provides us in our chapter with a clear statement of the ‘HOW’ without the ‘WHEN’.  
 
Present World Events are bringing forcibly to our minds that this World System in all its varied aspects is fast heading towards its day of reckoning.  
 
2 Peter ch. 3 would seem to broadly divide into 5 sections: 1 vs1/2 The Authority of the Holy Scriptures. 2. Vs 3/4 The Attack of the Scoffers. 3. Vs 5/7 The Answer of History. 4. Vs 8/12 The Attributes of Deity. 5. Vs 13/18 The Attitude of Believers. 
 
Our consideration will focus on the closing section, where in my fresh consideration of the chapter I have been faced with the challenge presented, and particularly summarised in v11; Seeing then-------what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.  Perhaps it is my recent visits to Dubai with its multiplicity of tower blocks and other technological advances which have caused me to more carefully consider v10 the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  As believers, in sharp contrast we look for new heavens and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells.  The Holy Spirit not only weaves into the chapter features of the Divine Nature v9, but presents a clear warning in his first letter of our adversary, going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  The concluding verses require us as believers to be ever watchful of this adversary.  In sharp contrast to our Lord Jesus Who went about doing good, Acts ch.10v38.  Verse 18 is a lovely conclusion to this breath-taking chapter, in part an exhortation for us to grow in grace and deepen our appreciation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Peter’s letter concludes with a peon of praise to which we gladly add our Amen.