Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will [desires to] come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Will come—is willing to come, not forced. What we spend our life doing determines our eternity. Deny—Philippians 2:7—no reputation—emptied Himself. Full denial of all we are. You cannot purchase your salvation, or bribe the Judge. Works—doing or conduct, singular. The collective character.
And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.
Judgment is God giving people over to what they want. What you want is proved by what you do. Unjust—sins against society. Filthy—sins against self. Reward—wages or hire. Alpha and Omega—the same Jesus that judges is the same one who died for you, He’s the same.
Commandments—of Jesus we teach people to obey. Adam broke commandment and was taken out of Garden out of presence of the Tree of Life. Right—permission, privilege.
2 Timothy 4:14-15
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
Evil—trouble, injury, destruction. We don’t take vengeance. We warn and be careful, but let God give the consequences. Reward—“give” in Revelation 22:12
2 Peter 3:8-11
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, 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 the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
In one day he can do the work of a thousand years. Slack—slow, tardy, late. God is even patient with those who scoff at His promise. Christ’s return will be sudden and is certain. Works melted—these are the works you spent your life doing while losing your soul.
2 Peter 3:12-14
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Look—watch, anticipate, expect. Diligent—make haste, exert one’s self, use speed. Isaiah 57:21—There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.