3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 3:11 [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. I Peter 3:11-14 (Emphasis supplied).
II Peter 3:9-14 lets us know that this world will not come to an end by the hand of mankind through the devastation of nuclear war: But rather by the second coming of Jesus to this earth to establish His everlasting kingdom of righteousness (v.13). It also tells us that Jesus has delayed His return because He wants to make sure that everyone is prepared to meet Him in peace, without spot and blameless. Therefore God has given time for the final installment to the everlasting gospel that is contained in the 3 angel‘s messages to be heard by everyone in the world (see Revelation 14:6) which starts by saying:
… Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
To fully understand how this message will prepare those who hear and obey it to be without spot and blameless before God we must look at what we are told in I John 1:5-7 which says:
1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us 2 very important things concerning how to be without spot and blameless when Jesus comes. The first thing it tells us is that God is light and in order to have fellowship with God we must walk in the light that He sheds. The second thing it tells us is if we walk in the light that God sheds the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all sin. Therefore in order to be without spot and blameless we must do these 2 things:
- Have unbroken fellowship with God (v.5&6).
- Walk in the light that comes as a result of unbroken fellowship with God (v.7).
These are the very things that the first angel’s message admonishes us to do: It starts by telling us that we are living in the time of God’s judgment who is light and will shed His light in our lives so we can be like Him: Therefore worship the God of creation 24/7 because it is imperative that we have unbroken fellowship with God in order to be cleansed from all sin and meet Jesus in peace without spot and blameless (see Revelation 14:6&7; I John 1:5-7 & II Peter 3:13-14).
Next week we are going to see how the 1st angel’s message is essence a call to keep the 4th commandment in its’ fullest application because when kept that way we will to do these 2 things:
- Have unbroken fellowship with God.
- Walk in the light that comes as a result of unbroken fellowship with God.
Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:4-8 (Emphasis supplied).