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Prepare for our inheritance (9)

July 1st, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: 2 Peter 3:15-18

15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.(NIV)

As we have seen before.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.

As Pail would say “suffer loss”. Or as John would say “Watch out you do not lose what you have worked for.”

This implies very strongly that there are consequences for the decisions we make in this life.

But before we despair and fall back on to our self doubt we read:

18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

And what depth is contained that exhortation. And the more we grow the more we understand what Elmer Colyer said:

God’s presence in our life, the grace of God never negates our humanity, it frees our humanity. We become more personal, more human. And so a 100% God doesn’t lead us to live a careless Christian life, it actually leads to the very opposite. It leads to the kind of freedom in the gospel that sets us free to be in love with God and neighbour in a way that we can’t otherwise.

And it is in this freedom, we live, not trapped to the habits and desires of the flesh, but able to see a future inheritance that we belong to in Christ.

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Prepare for our inheritance (8)

June 30th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: 2Peter 3:11-14

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. (NIV)

There is no question that what we will be in the future has nothing to do with how strong, clever,  wealthy we are or how successful in our achievements but has everything to do with how we are seeking to live our lives in harmony with God’s will. We want to please the Spirit, sow to the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, be responsive to the lead of the Spirit.

If our lives are a continually grieving of the Spirit,  a quenching of the Spirit, a hardening against the voice of God speaking to us through his word by the Spirit, then we need to realize we are sowing to a flesh that will perish.

But that is not the attitude of Christians:

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this,

We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

make every effort

Remember what we said before:

Does Christ does everything, and we do nothing?Or if Christ doesn’t do everything, then Christ does 50% and we do 50%.

But actually it’s neither way. It’s not that Christ does 100% and we do nothing, it’s not Christ does 50-50 or 70/30 or however… depending on how optimistic we are about our humanity – the real gospel is that Christ does a 100 percent and we do a 100 percent. But we only do it in Christ.

to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

That is not a careless life but one that is awake and alert to how this world can falsely mislead how we live. We are not making decisions for the short term but to be at peace with God and to live with him forever.

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Prepare for our inheritance (7)

June 29th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: 2Peter 3:10

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. (NIV)

One senses that this fiery imagery is exposing all that has been going on.

It reminds one of

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

In its context this is primarily about those involved in the work of God. But it shows that how we participate in what God is doing is going to be revealed and Paul himself uses the imagery of fire.

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