Building and Battling While Waiting and Watching, Part 13 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #297)
TEXT: 2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
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.
John Chrystostom said, “In the first advent God veiled his divinity to prove the faithful; in the second advent he will manifest his glory to reward their faith.”
In our last message in this series, we looked at how the second coming seems delayed because God’s perspective of time is very different from our perspective.
Second, the second coming seems delayed because God works on His own timetable, not man’s. The scoffers accused God of being slack, or slow, regarding His promises. They again betrayed their lack of knowledge regarding how God has acted through history on His own schedule so as to perfectly fulfil His plan. In Genesis 42:1, Joseph was sitting in an Egyptian prison for two years on false charges, before Pharaoh had his dream and Joseph was raised up to lead the kingdom of Egypt and he could say to his brothers, “ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” The Hebrews were slaves in Egypt for 400 years, and God trained Moses for 80 years, before He delivered the Hebrews to the promised land. After the prophet Malachi, God was silent to the Jewish people for 400 years, and they were conquered by the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Syrians, and the Romans in turn, before John the Baptist came as the forerunner of the Messiah and God sent forth his Son, Jesus Christ, “when the fulness of the time was come.” Steven Cole said, “Peter seems to be alluding to the charges of the false teachers when he says, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness.” They were saying that because Jesus had not returned yet (by the mid-sixties of the first century), His promise to return must not be valid at all! The irony was that they were using the Lord’s patience, which was giving them time to repent, against Him! They wrongly presumed that because God wasn’t acting according to their timetable, they could sit in judgment on Him! But the fact is, although we often will have times when we do not understand the Lord’s ways or His timing, we never have the right to pronounce judgment on Him and say that His ways or His timing are wrong! In 1 Peter 3:20, Peter refers to God’s patience during the days of Noah’s building of the ark. For at least 100 years, God waited while Noah built the ark and preached righteousness to those evil people. But none responded, except for Noah’s family. Even so, now God waits patiently while evil abounds, before He brings judgment. But at some point known only to God, judgment will fall. He is not slow about His promise, which refers to the promise of Christ’s coming, which will bring judgment. When that judgment comes, all who have not responded to Christ’s call to repentance will be excluded from “the ark.” They ignored the warnings. It will be too late!” As Paul wrote in Romans 11, God’s judgments are unsearchable and His ways are past finding out. No one has ever known His mind or been His counsellor. Do not be like the scoffers who accuse God of being slow to fulfil His promises. Instead trust in God and that in His sovereignty, all His plans will be fulfilled, and Jesus Christ will return to reign in righteousness.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.