Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Monday after the Last Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on November 26, 2018 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: 2 Peter 3:1-18 (NKJV)
3:1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 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. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
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.
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? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
Today’s text can be divided into two sections, the first (verses 1-9) addressing how different God’s ways are from the way of man, and the second (verses 10-18) presenting how the Lord desires us to prepare for His glorious return. Apart from the clear Word of God presented in Scripture we have little hope of understanding God’s will. But if we submit our God-given intellect to God’s will, presented throughout His divinely inspired Scriptures, we can understand a great deal of what our Lord has accomplished for us, desires for us, and promises for us.
The Lord virtually destroyed fallen humanity in the flood where a mere eight souls escaped, and He will bring final judgment upon sinful mankind in His fiery return. However, those who by grace through faith are Christ’s disciples will be shielded from the flames of judgment by the holy waters of Baptism and Christ’s robe of righteousness, bestowed by this Sacrament. This gracious bestowal of righteousness by grace is what also allows these faithful to grow in the :grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” found in His holy Means of Grace, and thus live lives of holiness and godliness as we ought.
We pray: Almighty God, all that exists in Heaven and Earth is from Your gracious hand. Give us grace that we may always see this through faith, and thus live our lives ruled by Your merciful will and Word; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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