2 Peter 3:14-15
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.
Even though we just finished 2 Peter, I wanted to come back to this section for today.
As we look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, we are to know that we are to live without spot and blameless before man and God. As we live this way we will live in peace. It amazes me how many church members don’t live in peace. Nearly every NT epistle begins with this expression, “May grace and peace be upon you.” Peace always follows grace so if someone is without peace it seems to me that they are also without grace.
But going forward, Peter tells us that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation. This has continually run through my mind since the devotional when we talked about it. God’s desire for all is salvation. The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation. From the first recorded history between God and man God has been interested in the salvation of that man. From that point forward the recorded history of God and man has shown God’s interest in the salvation of man. As man became more and more sinful God was grieved and desired man’s salvation. God placed His grace on Noah and his family and saved them. God placed his grace on Abraham who believed in God and found His salvation. God sent Jonah to Nineveh desiring to save them.
Do you see this? God developed an entire nation upon which He could grant His grace. He gave them His Law so that they could follow Him. He taught them the atonement and prepared them for the coming of the Lamb of God who could take away the sin of the world. Jesus came not just to teach us but to save us. This is God’s desire, He is patient longing to bring us to salvation.
As you go through your day and your life, interpret all of scripture through this thought: “The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.” God in His love for us His creation desires to save us. Because of sin we transgress God’s law and find ourselves separated from God. Separated from Him we need a Savior as we cannot bring ourselves back to a holy God. What a great realization, God’s greatest desire for us all is our salvation.
Hard to believe that it is Friday already. Whew, what a fast week! I am going to a funeral this morning. Pray for the friends and family of Eddie Estrada. His drug use finally caught up with him. A very sad life that did not have to go this way.
Pray for Pastor Bill’s community services today.
Remember to spend time in prayer laboring in prayer for RU tonight. Last week, fourteen people came. Tonight pray that those who need to be there will not be held back. Pray for the opening of spiritual eyes and spiritual hearts to accept and to believe God’s word.
Sunday, I will be bringing a message from Isaiah 38 looking at a seemingly impossible situation of sickness where Hezekiah prayed to God when God said that he was going to die. We face situations like this all the time. Here is an example that will be good for you to become acquainted with.
Have a great day in the Lord,