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2 Peter 3:15
15 And [kai] account [hegeomai] that the longsuffering [makrothumia] of our [hemon] Lord [kurios] is salvation [soteria];
even as [kathos] our [hemon] beloved [agapetos] brother [adelphos] Paul [Paulos] also [kai] according to [kata] the
wisdom [sophia] given [didomi] unto him [autos] hath
written [grapho] unto you [humin]; KJV-Interlinear
15 and regard the patience of our
Lord to be salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the
wisdom given him, wrote to you, NASB
Just because God does
not strike with lightning immediately when someone does wrong, and just because
the promises of God have not come to pass, as most of the prophecies of the Old
Testament are still unfulfilled, then this does not mean that they are empty
promises, nor that God has forgotten them.
contrary.God looks down through the
tunnel of time and sees all generations still unborn, and waits patiently for
them to come into existence, so that they (and you) can believe and be saved,
and/or advance in their spiritual lives.
Patience and wisdom
based on facts, even if those facts have not yet come into existence, are the
key to understanding many of the aspects of Gods plan.
God gives us all time,
adequate time, to get our act together, spiritually.Some of us are just too stupid to realize
that we are wasting the precious minutes God has given us.
People who are
prosperous generally have the most difficult time in growing up
spiritually.Prosperity has a tendency
of making you pretentious, and somewhat insincere with respect to life.It is difficult to understand the pressures
of poverty or hardship unless you have been there.
On the other hand, hard
times can turn you sour on life, sour on God, and just plain sour all around.
But God gives you time
to overcome your sourness, and that in itself is a blessing, believe it or not.
Remember one thing, if
you remember anything Jesus Christ controls history.That means that He controls the details of
your life.In Christ, which means by
learning doctrine, remaining in fellowship, and applying doctrine to your life,
then in Christ you have total security and safety, regardless of the
circumstances of your life.
Know this, that your
life in this world, is not going to be a path of rose petals.There will be suffering of some sort in your
life.Your life will likely be a rollercoaster
ride, and if you get that straight in your head, then perhaps you will stop
blaming God, stop complaining, stop whining, stop demanding, when life goes
Stop subscribing to the
attitude that once you get successful, then you ll do this or that.God is not interested in your doing this or
that.God is interested in your growing
up in your spiritual life and obeying His every command regardless of whether
you are in poverty or prosperity.
You may have noticed
that regardless of what goes on in this world, whether feast or famine, peace
or war, the world cannot prevent your thinking processes.You can think when you are sick, just as
easily as when you are healthy. You can think with one leg or two.You can think with one dollar in your pocket
or a billion.
And in all of this, God
gives you time to get your spiritual life together.
Back in Peter s day,
there was no television, no internet, no telephone, no technology as we know it
today.And yet Peter here refers to the
letters of Paul, and Peter presumes that those reading this letter, are also
familiar with the letters of Paul.
That was an ancient
time, and still people read the letters just as easily as you and I read the Bible
Today we find Bibles
everywhere, and Peter here implies that those letters were likewise copied and
spread around such that folks in communities spread far apart, could have easy
access to them and their content.
This also indicates
that people in those ancient times, desired Bible doctrine.
All you have to do is
look yourself in the mirror, and figure out what your excuses are, what your
complaints are, what your rationalizations are, what your pretentions are, and
get over them. And the sooner the better
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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