sermonette: How Much Longer Do We Have?
David C. Grabbe
Given 17-Jan-15; Sermon #1249s; 19 minutes
David Grabbe, cuing in on II Peter 3, asserts that there are good reasons why Christ has not yet returned, reminding us that scoffers and false teachers will test the faith of those who once accepted the truth. Some will yield to their natural desires, finding an excuse to forget about their commitment to God. In their desire to live for the moment, the warnings of the prophets will fade into ineffectiveness. We are in danger of becoming desensitized to righteousness. We need to keep a long-term perspective, suffering long while our Elder Brother Jesus Christ tends to our process of repentance until we finally become fully in His image. Jesus Christ will not wrap things up until we have completed our process of salvation. All material things will dissolve, to be replaced with a new Heaven and Earth in which righteousness will dwell. This world is passing away; we must focus on permanent spiritual priorities, reflecting God's righteousness in our lives. When Christ returns, we cannot be at odds with Him in any manner, but must have been following through on the salvation process, putting our spiritual houses in order.
Christ's return Day of doom Day of the Lord Deterioration of faith False teachers I John 2:17 Heylel I Timothy 4:1 II Peter 3 Genesis 1:1 God's intervention Iniquity of the world Judgment Hillel Romans 1:20 Scoffers