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!