WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE SHOULD WE BE?


2 Peter 3:11 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” NASB

It would be beneficial to read 2 Peter 3:1-18 in the Amplified in considering this question.  Peter was writing to believers, the people of God.  Believers were being tempted to turn back to the world and revert to their old way of living and believing.  He makes the impassioned plea for them to stir up their sincere minds and remember the predictions of the prophets of God and the commandments of the Lord Jesus Himself.

Peter asked them to pay careful attention to the existence of the scoffers and mockers that were in their midst and would be prevalent in the Last Days.  These would be carnal self-willed people who reject the truth and follow passion rather than purity.  These would be those who question the things of God, the message of the Cross, and the messengers of God.  This would be those who willfully deny that God created everything and assume that God’s delay is evidence that there will be no judgment.  They are those who lose sight of the reality that God is longsuffering and extraordinarily patient and merciful toward man.  The delay in His coming is directly connected to His great desire that all be saved and that none be lost.

Peter urged them to remember the prophecies of Scripture and the predictions that Jesus would come quickly.  Everything we now see will one day all become ashes and only those treasures stored up in heaven will endure.  In the light of all that, Peter urged them, and us, to examine ourselves and ask ourselves, “What are we and why are we what we are?”

The Greek for “what manner of persons” literally means “of what country.” This amplifies the truth that God’s people are citizens of the commonwealth of Heaven, not just the earth.  The word ‘to be’ is emphatic denoting continuous actions.  Simply, what kind of people should we continually be? 

WE SHOULD BE A REGENERATED PEOPLE.

In that state of regeneration, we should indulge in serious self-examination.  It is important that we determine if we are in the faith and of the faith, born again.  We do not know by experience and ritual alone.  John 3:5-7 – “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” 

Nicodemus was a ruler in Israel.  He had years of experience.  He could quote long passages of scripture from the Old Testament.  He was faithful in attendance to the synagogue and would be considered a religious man in any generation.  However, he was religious but lost.  Too many have been deceived into thinking that because they joined the church and attend regularly following a semblance of moral behavior, they are okay and qualified for heaven.  Jesus expressed the need to be ‘born again.’

There should be no doubt in the heart as to our relationship with God.  Paul addresses this in Roman 8:16 – “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…”  John gives assurance in 1 John 3:14 – “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren…”   And in 1 John 5:19 – “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” 

The Scripture teaches us that repentance is required, confession is required, and forsaking our sin is required.  He has promised that if we will come to Him in true repentance, He will receive us and not cast us aside.  Therefore, we ought to be a Regenerant People.

I want to address this a bit further and we will do so in the next devotional.  God bless you and may the richest and best of His blessings be yours today! 

Have a Great Day!

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE SHOULD WE BE?


2 Peter 3:11-12 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!”  NASB

I recommend reading vv. 1-18 in the Amplified.  I believe it will be beneficial for your understanding of what Peter was conveying regarding the lives of believers.  There is no doubt that Christians or Believers where the targets of Peter’s writing here.  He was speaking to believers who were being tempted to turn aside and return to their life of sin.  The world was tugging at their hearts.  He urges them to ‘stir up’ their sincere minds and remember the predictions of the Holy Prophets of God and the Commandments of Jesus Himself. 

Peter calls upon them to be aware that scoffers (mockers) will come in the Last Days.  These will be carnal, self-willed people who attempt to mix obedience to God with the lusts of the flesh.  Having both the presence of God and the pleasures of sin.  These would be those who question the things of God and the messengers of God. 

These scoffers or mockers will be those who deny that God is the Creator.  They will assume that due to the seeming delay of the Lord’s Return and God’s Judgment that there will be no return or judgment.  They will forget and seek to persuade others to ignore the long-suffering nature of God and His incredible patience with mankind.  They forget that God’s delay may well be out of His desire that all will be saved and that none will be lost. 

Peter urges those hearing and reading to remember the Predictions of Scripture, that the LORD will come quickly.  He reminds them and us that all we see will one day become ashes and only the treasures laid up in heaven will survive the purging.  In light of this, he urges them to examine themselves and ask, “What are you?  Why are you what you are?  What kind of person should you be?”

The Greek for “what manner of persons” literally means, “of what country.”  This illustrates the great truth that God’s people are citizens of the commonwealth of Heaven.  We are strangers and pilgrims here on earth.  This home is temporary whereas that home is eternal.  The word “to be” is emphatic and denotes continuous being.  Therefore, the question is, “What manner of people should you continually be?”

I want to discuss three types of people that we should seek to become and then be.  These three cannot be separated or compartmentalized but are progressions and extensions of the other.  Respecting the brevity of space in a short devotional I will pause and hope your interest is challenged and you will join me in the next devotional as we begin discussing the Kind of People We Should Be!

God bless you as you enjoy today’s journey!  Have a Great Day!