Charles Kirby Ministries
Blog 71 for 8-11-2018
THE COMING NEW WORLD
It is time for everyone to admit the fact that our nation and our world are in serious trouble. We have never seen as much hatred, strife and division as we are presently witnessing. It is appearing in every television news cast, and is the headline in newspapers. When we think it surely cannot get worse, then it does. It has caused me to think more and more lately about a new world that is coming.
The Apostle Peter writes about The Day of the Lord in 2nd Peter chapter 3. His description is very sobering in verses 10 through 12.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
But then he writes, “Nevertheless we, according to the promise of our Lord, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” In a few words is the description of the coming new world. It really is God’s answer to the chaos of the present world order.
THE PROMISE OF THE COMING NEW WORLD is described by Peter. He lets us know that “the day of the Lord will come” in verse 10. Peter shows us how wrong and foolish are the scoffers of these last days in verses 5, 6, 8, 9.
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Thus, the promise of the Lord’s coming and establishment of the new world are sure and certain.
THE PURPOSE OF THE COMING NEW WORLD Peter describes by writing in V. 13 “We...look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” God’s purpose in the new world has a threefold design. There is the Personal Design, God’s plan to fulfill all the expectations of His own people who look for the new world. There is the Punitive Design, the very fact of new heavens and a new earth presupposes the dissolving of the old heavens and earth. There is the Permanent Design, God will not be satisfied until He establishes a lasting habitation of righteousness. Peter writes about THE PEOPLE OF THE COMING NEW WORLD in verses 11, 12. Three short words describe the present character and conduct of the people of the new world. They must be Holy, they must be Godly and they must be busy. These are true believers, people who are committed to growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The question we must face is whether we can claim to be among these people. If not, let us be warned that we shall have no share in that glorious new order of perfect joy, love, holiness, peace, satisfaction and happy service. Our prayer to our Lord should be,
“Make me holy by your blood, Make me godly, Lamb of God; Keep me busy in the fray, Make me ready for that Day.”
It really is true, Jesus is coming again!
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Blog 71 for 8-11-2018
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
1. Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal. Sir Thomas More, 16th Century
2. Don’t let a few “little” giants stop you. Press on! Judi Wiegman
3. The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy. Corrie Ten Boom
4. When the Word of God is your power source, there’s no such thing as a dead battery. Unknown author
5. If the Word of God has sealed your lips, it’s impossible to stick your foot in your mouth. Unknown author
Have a great week.
P.S. Hope one, or more, of these thoughts has encouraged you and been just what you needed to hear today.
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