Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written
both of them
to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
I want you to
recall the words spoken in the past by the holy
prophets and the command given by our Lord and Saviour
through your apostles.
Paul writes to stimulate , motivating, rousing to action both his early readers and us to wholesome thinking,
wholesome means good like in food nutritious and nourishing to the body and so here to and for the soul.
However Paul writes for the spiritual welfare and concern for his readers to recall the God-inspired Old Testament and Jesus commands to His disciples
you must understand that in the last days
scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say,
“Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
they deliberately forget that long ago by
the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word
the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,
being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
Be ready and aware that there will be some who try to distract and detract you from God’s word, will, way even questioning God’s choices
but we must hold on and remember that God will hold all people to an account.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
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.
The Lord gives people time to turn and repent before it is too late ,
which is why He is awaiting the right time to give as many as possible the opportunity to turn to Him.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
There will be a day when God will judge the earth in His righteousness and in His truth.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward to the day of God
and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.13But in keeping with his promise
we are looking forward
to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
As a result of this impending judgement day we need to be ready living a holy godly life but what does this mean?
We need to live holy – set apart lives for God the Lord not for ourselves in every area of our lives.
We need to live godly lives which means following God’s way and the perfect example in our Lord Jesus Christ as in Philippians 2. (see below)
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort
to be found spotless,
blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience
means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with 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.
We need to make every effort, which means to exert ourselves push ourselves on like in a race to be found spotless without blemish or mark, blame free and at peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.
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.
Having been warned now we may be wise and aware to be prepared and watchful to prevent us from being tricked by false teaching which is against God’s word
risking our security in our Lord Jesus Christ and risk to get drawn away.
But grow in the grace and
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
glory both now and forever!
We need to be growing, every increasing and emerging more and more in the grace and beauty,
knowledge and understanding of our Lord who is in control of our lives as we live for Him outing Him in first place,
Jesus who is our Saviour dying for us, taking the punishment we deserve upon himself.
Giving Him Jesus the glory in all we do and putting him in His rightful place in our lives, not just today but also tomorrow and in the future.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility
value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[ God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Do Everything Without Grumbling
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.