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2 Peter 1:14
14 Knowing [eido] that [hoti] shortly [tachinos] I must [esti] put off [apothesis] this my
[mou] tabernacle [skenoma], even [kai] as [kathos] our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] hath shewed [deloo] me [moi]. KJV-Interlinear
14 knowing that the laying aside
of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made
clear to me. NASB
Nearly forty years
prior to this letter, Jesus had told Peter that he would die in his old age, John
21:18-19.And now that he was old, he
probably knew, as we will all know when we get old, that his life was nearing
to its end.
Peter does not imply
that he had knew information regarding his death, but only that he knew that
his life was much closer to being over, because he was getting older.
That means he had less
and less time to spend on teaching and writing his letters.This should be obvious.
However, Peter has
stressed the importance of each person s responsibility in advancing in their
spiritual life.And with that, we can
gather that it is to each of our best interests, to get with a Bible study
program for our own preparation for eternity.
Time is short, and was
short for Peter back then.But now,
Peter is no longer here and the message is not referring to him, but to each of
Time is short, and that
is the message that we should get into our little heads.Whether you agree with it or not, you do not
have much time left on this earth.If
you have a day left or several decades, also makes no difference.Your time is short, because by ignoring
doctrine and your spiritual growth, you are setting a precedent of
indifference, that is extremely difficult to correct, the longer you keep on
You could choke on a
piece of food at any meal or snack. You could get caught up in an accident on
any day. You could be the innocent victim of some sort of weird situation.Or you can live your daily life for years.
In any case, your
attitude toward doctrine today, will determine the status of your spiritual
extremely dangerous and not smart, especially when you know that you are
trading your eternal future for something now, that has absolutely no value to
The dwelling being
traded away is given in terms of changing clothing, trading one set of clothes
(your physical body), for another set of clothes (your next body).
The real you, is in
your soul.Your physical body is nothing
more than a set of clothing, which you wear around your life.Your physical body is not human life, but
only biological life.And it is sustained
by the presence of your human life which resides within your soul.
And just as old clothes
are discarded, so too, you will discard your physical body for a better one,
one day.Actually it will be God who
makes the trade.When that occurs, you
do not know.Peter did not know.So, your death may be imminent.You have no time to waste, even if you do in
deed live several more decades.
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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