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2 Peter 3:12
12 Looking for [prosdokao] and [kai] hasting [speudo] unto the
coming [parousia] of the day [hemera] of God [theos], wherein [dia][hos] the heavens [ouranos] being on fire [puroo] shall
be dissolved [luo], and [kai] the elements [stoicheion]
shall melt [teko] with fervent heat [kausoo]? KJV-Interlinear
12 looking for and hastening the
coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by
burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! NASB
Looking for, means to
watch with a watchful eye in preparation for that wonderful event.Looking for, means to get prepared, to get
ready, to dress up and be prepared, equipped, completed.Kind of like going out on a big date and you
are getting ready and all dressed up, waiting for your ride to arrive to pick
The hasten or hastening,
means to watch with a deep desire, to want with restless impatience, as a child
desires Christmas and the coming of Santa and the presents and so forth.
At times in your life
there have been events that you couldn t wait until they happened.Whether it was a weekend social event, a
graduation, a new job, the delivery of something you just purchased, or
whatever.There have been times when you
have been anxiously wanting the thing to come quickly.
This is the meaning of hasting.
Both of these look to
your attitude toward God, Christ, doctrine, your spiritual life with respect to
your getting yourself ready for that big moment in history, and the biggest
moment of your entire life.Preparation
means growing up and advancing toward spiritual maturity, to be living a life
that generates spiritual production or spiritual results with which you will receive
high marks when you come before the Lord for your evaluation.
This life is
characterized with evil, burdens, bias, prejudice, unfair treatment, anxieties,
pressures and so forth.There is no one
who enjoys having to look over their shoulder all of their life, just wondering
if they will lose their home, or job, or business, or loved ones, or health, or
whatever it is that you have and fear losing.
Life in this world is
characterized by these many stresses and beyond.To look beyond this life and hope for
something better is normal, more than normal, it is expected by God, as we
herein see from our verse.
We have this life to
live in and in which to prepare for the next life.But also, we look to the next life in which
Gods promises, all of them, will become a reality, and will be with us forever.
The next life is
characterized as being with no more sorrow, no more pain, no more death, no
more anything that is represented by the pressures of this world.There will be eternal happiness and eternal
provision.All of the limitations of
this life will be erased.
From the resurrection
body which will not have any aches and pains, but will have phenomenal
abilities, to the many rewards, privileges, abilities, blessings, gifts, and so
forth, is it any wonder that a person looks to the hopes of heaven, over the
burdens of this world.
In the time of the
great flood of Noah, it is said that the Lord was long suffering (120 years),
while He was patient with humanity and patient while Noah constructed the Ark.Noah and his family were patient in their steady
building project, not knowing what was to come after the population of the
world was destroyed.They themselves did
not even know the extent of the judgment until it occurred.They had never seen rain or even a flood
prior to this.Before the flood, the
earth was watered by means of mists and springs.
But now, Peter
describes our wait as a hastening, a yearning desire. This is a totally
different approach toward the expectations of the promises to come.Now the Lord is hurrying (His timetable, not
ours) through the generations, in order that all who will believe, will believe,
and all who will grow up spiritually, will grow up in their spiritual life.
In ancient times, Satan
had the time he needed to build up and see fail, all of the empires of his
choosing.Now, the implication is that
in our Church Age, operation footstool, etc., the plan of the Father is preparing
the peoples, nations, and circumstances for the next great event of Christs
rule, are taking place at an accelerated rate.
This is probably
something that we cannot fully appreciate until we get to heaven and then have
the ability to comprehend all of the ingredients for history, and then
understand it all.
But regardless of what
we understand, or don t understand, we are herein informed that our role in
life is to pursue and make first in our life, Bible doctrine and our spiritual
growth.In so doing we pray all of the
right prayers, hope for all the right things, and wait patiently without
complaint, without frustration, for Gods plan to come together, because it
19 Repent therefore
and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing
may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send
Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must
receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by
the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. NASB
4 And all the host of
heaven will wear away, And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; All their
hosts will also wither away As a leaf withers from the vine, Or as one withers
from the fig tree. NASB
10 Cursed be the one
who does the Lord's work negligently, And cursed be the one who restrains his
sword from blood [responsibility].NASB
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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