Sitting With Jesus: His Promised Second Coming (part 4) – “What Kind of People Ought We To Be?”
Read: 2 Peter 3:1-18
This is the 4th and final part of a series of messages entitled: “Sitting With Jesus: His Promised Second Coming.”
We have looked at:-
(Part One) “Why must Jesus return?”
(Part Two) “When will Jesus return?”
(Part Three) “How will Jesus return?”
Today we are going to consider –
(Part Four) “What kind of people ought we to be?” (v11a)
 We ought to be a Purposeful People
(v11b) “You ought to live Holy and Godly lives.” We have received through Jesus, and by placing our faith in Him, the gift of Salvation. We have become a New Creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, The New Creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
(2 Corinthians 5:19b – 20) “And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore, Christ’s Ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
This is our calling – To be a Purposeful People, proclaiming God’s Truth and message of reconciliation through our words and lifestyle. To take the moral high ground. Living so that people can see Christ in us. That can only be achieved by us living “Holy and Godly lives.”
 We ought to be a Pro – Active People
That is to say neither earth bound nor “so heavenly minded that we are no earthly use.” To live as a people who know what God’s future plans are all about. Not living in fear of the future but open to share God and His Word, looking forward to “The Day of God.”
(2 Peter 3:12-13) “As you look forward to The Day of God and speed its coming. That Day will bring about destruction of the heavens by fire and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with His Promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where Righteousness dwells.”
(Revelation 21:1-5) “Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a Bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from The Throne saying, Look! God’s Dwelling Place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on The Throne said, I AM making everything new! Then He said, write this down, for these words are Trustworthy and True.”
 We ought to be a Pure People
(2 Peter 3:14) “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him.” That is with The Lord. With The Lord who sees and knows the thoughts and intents of our heart. We can fool some of the people some of the time, and, maybe, even most of the people most of the time. But we can never fool The Lord. It is good to have a decent reputation with people. We are told to develop that in our practical, business, personal dealings but that only happens when we live correctly before The Lord. “Spotless, Blameless and at Peace with Him.”……
Let’s keep short accounts with The Lord.
Let’s listen to The Voice of The Holy Spirit. If we are called to repent then let’s repent immediately – turning back to The Lord and His Way!
 We ought to be a Patient People
(2 Peter 3:15) “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means Salvation.” Petr had already said (v9) that, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His Promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
So, we too, should be a patient people. Accepting The Lord’s timing in all things and situations. For just as Jesus came the first time, “in the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4). So will His Second Coming be in the fullness of God’s time! As King Solomon wrote, (Ecclesiastes 3:11) “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
We ought to be a patient people!
 We ought to be a Persistantly Biblical People
We live in a day and age when so much information is available to us, through so many different technologies. When I was at Bible College, nearly 40 years ago, I remember coming home, visiting my Nan Yates, who told me, “We need to get back to The Book (The Bible). You read so many books about The Book! Nigel, never forget The Book!”
Peter writes, insightfully (v15b – 17) about our need to remain persistently Biblical, because, as Apostle Paul pointed out, people in the Last Days will not be. “Our dear brother Paul also wrote you the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.”
Paul told Timothy, his spiritual son, (2 Timothy 3:15b – 16) “From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for Salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
 We ought to be a Productive People
“Grow in The Grace and Knowledge or our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18a)
Peter encourages us to keep going – through every season of life.
- “In The Grace of Jesus – Undeserved favour, spiritual strength – our Lord and Saviour.” (AMP)
- “In The Knowledge – Recognition and Knowledge and Understanding – of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
This verse reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s desire expressed in Philippians 3:10 – 11 (AMP)
“(For my determined purpose is) that I may know Him – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognising and understanding (the wonders of His person) more strongly and more clearly. And that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His Resurrection (which it exerts over Believers); and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed (in spirit into His likeness even) to His death, (in the hope) that if possible I may attain to the (spiritual and moral) resurrection (that lifts me) out from among the dead (even while in the body).
 We ought to be a Praiseful People
It’s all about You – Jesus!
(2 Peter 3:18b) (NIV) “To Him be Glory both Now and Forever! Amen.”
(AMP) “To Him (be) Glory (Honour, Majesty and Splendour) both now and to the Day of Eternity. Amen – So be it!”
As we await the Second Coming of The Lord may we increasingly build the “ought to” into our lives, declaring, “Maranatha!” Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelations 22:20).