2 Peter (Part Five/Conclusion)

2 Peter (Part Five/Conclusion)

Wednesday’s Column: Third’s Words

Gary Pollard

I’ll be repeating the book of II Peter in present-day terminology. It’s not a true translation of the book, as I am not qualified to do so. It will be based on an exegetical study of the book and will lean heavily on the SBL and UBS Greek New Testaments, as well as comparisons with other translations (ESV, NASB, NIV, ERV, NLT). My goal is to reflect the text accurately, and to highlight the intent of the author using concepts and vocabulary in common use today. 

This is not an essentially literal translation, and should be read as something of a commentary. 

The Next Earth

With that in mind, the last day is going to sneak up on us. The sky will be ripped apart, which is going to be very loud. All of the basic elements will be unraveled because of how hot it’s going to be. This planet and everything we do on it will simply disappear. Since you know the last day’s going to sneak up on you and the earth’s going to be destroyed again, how should you be living? You should be godly and avoid gratifying every impulse. You should be ready to face the end. In fact, you should be hurrying God along so we can get this over with! 

Jesus promised us a brand new sky and a brand new earth. Only good people will live on the new earth. Since we’re all looking forward to this, make sure you’re in a right relationship with God. Make sure you view God’s delay as being his compassion. Remember, he doesn’t want anyone to die lost. Paul said some of these same things in his letters, too, because God had him say it. Some of his stuff is deep and complicated, and some people have taken advantage of this. They’re ignorant and unstable and they twist the rest of scripture, too. They’re digging their own grave. 

Conclusion

Since you already know this stuff, make sure you don’t fall for their lies. Don’t let godless people drag you away from your faith! Instead, grow in your relationship with our master and rescuer Jesus Christ. Remember that he cleared your record, let that encourage you! He is incredible, powerful, and deserves all the credit until time meets eternity.  

There’s No Place Like Home!

There’s No Place Like Home!

Tuesday Column: Dale Mail

Dale Pollard

There is so much debate out there as to what Heaven will actually be like. Some make the argument that we just can’t know for sure. We know that there will be no tears in Heaven, so since that is the case there will definitely be blackened catfish there. Because in a place where there is no blackened catfish present, I would cry. Now with that out of the way, let’s look at three quick promises about Heaven.
First there is the promise of “fellowship” In Revelation 21:3 it says, “He will dwell among us…” Not just any fellowship, but fellowship with Jesus Christ. The second promise is that of “Relief.” In the very next verse it says, “God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” How many of us can’t wait for that day? Now the third promise is one that is pulled from a verse that many people do not like to read. In Revelation 21:8 we see that there is a promise of “seclusion” You see, Heaven is going to be so great because of who will not be there. After we get a glimpse of what is promised to those who love Him (James 1:12), we see what is promised to those that don’t. Yet even here we see a blessing. Heaven is going to be place that is absent of, “…the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars…” Heaven is going to be a place filled with family. The faithful Church family. I’m going to Heaven! It’s a choice. It’s a choice to live right and follow Christ no matter what. You have the ability to say it confidently and you should never have to wonder if you’re going to Heaven. It’s a promise! Take hold of that promise, because it’s the only thing that matters.