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2 Peter 3:8-14 (Mosaic, Advent 2)
If God has promised that Christ will rule and bring a kingdom full of peace, joy, and light, then why is it taking so long? Why do we have to suffer in a world full of grief, pain, and oppression?

Peter's answer in this passage is simple: "The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise.... No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent" (2 Pet. 3:9). In order to receive God's reign with joy and peace, we must repent of our sins and turn to God for his forgiveness and salvation. Why does the Lord Jesus seemingly delay his return? Because when he returns, he will come with judgment, and those who have not repented will be destroyed. God does not want that to happen to anyone, so he is giving everyone ample opportunity to repent.

In the coming judgment, Peter tells us, God will destroy everything except the souls who trust in him and create everything anew. Those who have repented and put their trust in God for salvation through Jesus can look forward to the new creation with joy and eager anticipation -- it will be a wonderful world in which there is no sin or pain or death, "a world filled with God's righteousness" (2 Pet. 3:13).

But for those who have not repented and turned to God do not view this event with hope, but either with terror or by refusing to face it entirely. So rather than bemoaning the hardships we face, we should instead pray for opportunities to show God's love, helping people to turn to God in repentance and faith. Then they, too, can join us in "looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along" (2 Pet. 3:12).

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posted by Sean Harrison at 7:00 AM

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