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7. So what?

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So there is something that our society does that I think is the dumbest thing in the world. We currently do it twice a year and it messes tons of things up, it doesn’t help anyone, and causes issues for people of every demographic, and yet we’ve been doing it for decades. I understand the purpose for it when it first began. I understand may perhaps some day it will be necessary again in the future. But for right now, I’d be in favor of completely getting rid of it altogether.
There was a bill that has passed the house of representatives last year that sought to address this issue, but in my opinion they got the whole thing backwards.
Does anyone know what I’m talking about.
Daylight Saving Time. Only a fool things that you can cut a section off one end of a towel, sow it to the other end, and thing you have a longer towel.
It messes up sleep patterns, it creates issue with children and pets, it makes us all super sleepy and jet lagged for a week, and it doesn’t actually do anything to help us!
The Bill that passed the house would make Daylight Time the new standard time so we would stop moving our clocks. Not moving our clocks is good, but making Daylight time the new standard time means that the sun won’t rise until like 8am during part of the year. I wish they would have simply left everything on standard time and just leave it all alone.
But as long as this thing we do as a society exists....responsible individuals will make sure that they are changing their clocks at the appropriate time.
If you know something is coming, if you are responsible, you will prepare for it.
Because knowledge is what? Responsibility!
Peter has been reminding us that there the Day of the Lord is surely coming. He was responding to the scoffers, but he assures us. It is real.
Now that we know this information, what should we do with it? How ought we to live? What should responsible individuals do?
Well, Peter tells us.
Peter gives us Four things to do as we anticipate the Day of the Lord.

1. Pursue holiness and godliness

2 Peter 3:11–12 ESV
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in 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 on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
He asks it as a question, but the way the question is phrased it also contains the answer.
How do you think you ought to be living in holiness?
Holiness, or holy conduct simply refers to living lives that honor God. We do what is right in His sight, we obey His word, we live according to the standard that he has set before us in his Word.
Godliness refers to the orientation of our hearts to God. Our hearts are naturally inclined to evil and sin, but Peter wants us to direct our hearts to the Lord, to be oriented towards Him.
There is both an outward and inward component to this. You might fool some people by living a nice life on the outside, but if the inside reveals that you are doing it all for selfish motives and you are not oriented towards God, then none of that matters.
Everything worthless, everything sinful, everything impure is going to be burned up. holiness, and godliness are things that will endure. So as we anticipate a day when God’s judgment comes upon the earth, our pursuit should towards the things that will last.

2. Look forward to the day

2 Peter 3:12–14 ESV
12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
In the ESV verse 12 says waiting for, but the NKJV says looking for. The same is true for vs 13, we wait for, we are looking for the new heavens, and then verse 14, looking forward to these things, waiting for these things.
Today is Christmas in July day at camp. We have all these decorations up. Do you all like Christmas?
Lots of people seem to like it. There area all these sales, all the Christmas cheer and jolliness. There are all the nice hallmark movies, and other Christmas movies like Diehard. Decorations, songs, snow. And of course, all the Christmas presents.
Growing up that was always the best part of Christmas, right? All the gifts we would get, the new toys, the new clothes, the new whatever. As I grew older I began to appreciate the time with loved ones more than just the presents themselves.
And we look forward to this day! Its a big deal Each of us has significant times in our lives when we were living in anticipation of the day coming! Maybe its your birthday, the first day of school or the last day of school. Many of us living in anticipation looking forward to this week at camp. We were excited for it and as the day got closer we were getting more things together so that we would be ready for it.
This is what Peter is talking about when he says we are looking forward to the day!
But why would we look forward to this? If everything is going to burn, why would eagerly anticipate it?
This day is a day of judgement, but it is also a day when everything will be made new. Look at verse 13.
2 Peter 3:13 ESV
13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Ultimately we have a hope that extends beyond the Day of the Lord to the New Creation which lasts for all eternity!
This word for ‘new’ I here has the idea of having been renewed, restored, or recycled. There is a complete restoration of all things. The entire creation was subjected to the curse, and I think the entire creation will be redeemed from the curse, just like we have been.
Rom 8:19-22 talks about this reality.
Romans 8:19–22 ESV
19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
Creation is longing for redemption! Vs. 21 the creation itself will be set from the curse. The whole creation groans and longs for this! With every earthquake, volcano, hurricane, wildfire, flood, tornado, and other natural disasters, its like the earth is screaming out Lord coming quickly! The world is cursed, and its horrible. Free me from this bondage! Redeem your creation!
And He will. He will based on his promise.
John talks about what this will look like in Revelation 21:1-7
Revelation 21:1–7 ESV
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
This is better than Christmas. This is better than the best birthday. This is better than camp or anything else.
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ this is what waits for you! No more pain from the truama you’ve experienced in your life, no more hardship, no more difficulty in school, no more broken relationships, no more broken families, no more sickness and disease, no more mediacation.
Everything made new and fully restored by the power of Jesus Christ.
That’s why we look forward to these things.
Third, we want to make sure that we will actually be there to see all of that. We need to make sure we are right with God.

3. Be Right With God

2 Peter 3:14 ESV
14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
Peter described the false teachers who will face God’s judgment as blots and blemishes. Here he says to be diligent to be found without spot or blemish. We are to be the opposite of the false teachers.
They lack character, take joy in their sin, and take advantage of others as they lead people away from Jesus.
We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, take joy in Christ and his righteousness, and look for ways to serve others.
Peter wants us to be at peace with God.
If you remember way back at the beginning of this letter, Peter opened the letter with a blessing of that grace and peace would be multiplied to us through the knowledge of God.
If you want to be at peace with God and Peter says we need to be, then that starts with knowing Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that because of our sin we are alienated from God, and hostile toward God as we engaged in our evil deeds. The only way to correct this, the only way to move from being enemies of God to being the friends of God is by believing in His Son Jesus Christ.
Before I trusted in Jesus Christ to same me from my sin, I was in a very low place in my life. I had significant turmoil in heart, I was engaged in various kinds of habitual sin and immorality, I hated my life, I hated how I felt, I hated that I felt like I could never be good enough, I hated that I felt like I had no power to even want to do what was right, much less actually do it.
There was no peace inside of me whatsoever.
When God helped to see and understand that the whole issue the whole time was that I was trying to do everything in my own strength and power and might, and that I was seeking to earn my way to God, and God says in His word, just stop. You can’t do it yourself. You’re trying and youre trying and youre trying and you just can’t do it. God says in his word you don’t have to try any longer. Because Jesus did it all for you.
He opened my eyes to see the truth of the Gospel and my need to trust in him and when he saved me He began to help me understand his peace.
Peter wants us to have that peace. And as we consider that the Day of the Lord is going to come, we would be wise to pursuing knowing Jesus Christ and being at peace with Him.
Pursue holiness, look forward to the day, be right with God, and finally,

4. Consider his patience as salvation.

2 Peter 3:15–16 ESV
15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
Peter says that we are to consider the patience of our Lord as salvation. I like how the HCSB translate this passage: consider the patience of the Lord as an opportunity for salvation. I think that is what Peter is getting at.
Here is what you need to know. This week we’ve been talking about the importance of know Jesus Christ and growing in our knowldege of Him. We’ve talked about the importance of knowing the word of God so that we don’t get played by the false teachers.
We’ve talked about the reality that there is a coming day of judgment upon the earth when the earth will be destroyed by fire, and we’ve talked about how there is a new heavens and a new earth that is coming and in that new heavens and new earth there will be no more sorrow pain or tears. Only joy with our Lord and savior forevermore.
There are other individuals who have never heard this good news. There are individuals who have never been exposed to the Gospel. There are people who have been led astray by false teachers and need to be rescued from that.
Peter says that we have an opportunity today. We have an opportunity get the good news of the Gospel, we have an opportunity to tell others, we have an opportunity for salvation!
Peter has told us that the whole reason why Jesus Christ has not yet returned in judgment is because he is patient and wants more to be saved. We are to see that patience and consider it an opportunity for more to be saved, since that's the exact reason we are still here!
We are still on this earth so that more might hear, believe, and follow Jesus Christ.
Knowledge is responsibility. We have the Good news of the Gospel, we have the only thing that can save. We now have the responsibility to get this word out.
When I was in high school I attended a youth conference that was designed to challenge teenagers to share their faith with others. This was the passage that was studied that week. God used this passage in my life to stir up within me a desire to teach other people about Jesus.
God used this passage to stir up within me a desire to be a pastor, because that seemed like the best way to help people hear about Jesus.
You don’t have to become a pastor to consider the Lord’s patience as an opportunity for salvation. You don’t have to become missionary to do that.
There are countless faithful men and women who love Jesus and Love studying God’s word and love telling others about Jesus who are not pastors or missionaries. You have to be a pastor. All you have to do is be willing to love other enough to tell them about how to saved from their sin.
Now, maybe you are here today, and God is working you toward some kind of ministry. Maybe you’re beginning to think, you know what. This is the reason why Jesus has not yet returned. I want to give me life to seeing other people come to faith in Jesus Christ, because that’s why I’m still here.
IF you have questions about what ministry is like or if questions about what steps to take, you can ask me, your counselors, your pastor, etc. We are here for you and ready to answer those.
Maybe you’re here this week and you have heard the Gospel. Maybe you’ve already trusted in Christ. But you know that there are things in your life that aren’t as they should be. You know that there are sins that you’ve been holding on to like a monkey with his fist inside a coconut. Maybe you want to let go, but you aren’t sure how.
Your counselors, your pastors, the camp staff, we are here to help you with that. We want to help you life the life of holiness and godliness that Peter is calling us to as we consider the surely coming day of the Lord.
If you are here this week and you’ve had a rough life. Things aren’t always as they should be. You’ve experienced hardship, loss, and heartache. I hope the promise of the new heavens and the new earth is an encouragement to your heart today. To know that one day every wrong will be made right. To know that God is a God who cares about justice. To know that there will be a day when we will see our savior face to face and every tear will be wiped away. Take comfort in that today.
If you are here and still don’t know if you have trusted Christ. My only question to you now is this: What’s holding you back?
Wherever you are tonight. However you’ve been processing this book that we’ve been studying all week, I pray that God would take each us a little bit further in our journey, and that we would all grow int he grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s pray.
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