Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Lord is not slack concerning His Promise

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

What promise?
The promise of His coming again.
Acts 1:11 “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

He will come again, though there be doubters (2 Peter 3:3-7); because He has delayed His coming, so that all who will, might be saved.

For He is not willing that any should perish!
But all come to repentance.

For all those that Jesus Christ paid the full price for, He waits for each to come to repentance and salvation, by belief in Him.

Acts 17:29-31 “…we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man that he hath ordained; Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

Titus 2:11-13 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;”

All this time He has waited, before He would come again: was for the object of mercy and salvation, to wait for all that would come to Him.

But when He comes:
Revelation 22:10-11 “And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophesy of this book: for the time is at hand.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

Christ came into the world to set aside a people for His Names sake.
He is calling, justifying, and setting them aside to Himself in this world.
Preparing them for the world to come, by love.

But the day fast approaches when this will be!
There will no longer be time to do what should have been done in our lives, both within ourselves and for others.

These verses tell of being fixed for eternity, without chance for change.

“Unjustified, and filthy.”    Unsaved and wallowing in sins, of whatever kind:
Jeremiah 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
They could have come to Jesus Christ. He would have saved them from their sins, and made them joint-heirs with Him.
With love He called unto them; but they would not come.

“Righteous and holy.”   Saved, and made righteous by His righteousness being applied to them.
Holy means sanctified, or set aside to scared use.
This He does in and for those who come to Him.
Titus 3:5-7 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
that be justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Whatever we are then, we are for eternity.

But for today?
Christ is still calling to “Come unto Him”.

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Today is the day of Salvation. Come unto Him, believe and be saved.

Then go on with Him in your life, day by day, in love.

 

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