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Anticipating The End (2 Pet. 3:12-18)

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  • Reading I: 2 Peter 3:12-18
  • Resp. Psalm: Ps. 90
  • Gospel Reading: Mark 12:13-17

2 Peter was written to remind Christians that this world will pass away and it will happen like “a thief in the night” (3:10).  Those who promote the idea that there is no such thing are gravely mistaken (3:4).  If there is a delay, it is because the Lord is patient.  Strictly speaking however, there is no delay, because from God’s perspective, there is no difference between a hundred years and the wink of an eye (3:8-9).

The end of the world will come, but we should not be panicky about it.  The world will pass away to be replaced by new heavens and a new earth.  So we look forward to it.  In the meantime, Christians should live according to their call (1:10-11):  to live holy lives so that they can stand spotless, blameless and a peace with (3:14) the one who comes to Judge all.  This time is a time for growth in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.

2 Peter has something interesting about the letters of Paul:

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. (3:16)

Reference here is made to the exhortations of Paul about living in the last days.  “Bear in mind” writes the author of 2 Peter, “that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom God gave him”.  Which passages are referenced in this remark is not clear.  We know that Paul, writing to those who find themselves between the ends of two aeons1, exhorts all to fidelity and perseverance in faith.

2 Peter 3:12-18
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12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the burning heat?
13But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promises, in which justice dwelleth.
14Wherefore, dearly beloved, waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be found before him unspotted and blameless in peace.
15And account the longsuffering of our Lord, salvation; as also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you:
16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
17You therefore, brethren, knowing these things before, take heed, lest being led aside by the error of the unwise, you fall from your own steadfastness.
18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and unto the day of eternity. Amen.
Mark 12:13-17
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13And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians; that they should catch him in his words.
14Who coming, say to him: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker, and carest not for any man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar; or shall we not give it?
15Who knowing their wiliness, saith to them: Why tempt you me? bring me a penny that I may see it.
16And they brought it him. And he saith to them: Whose is this image and inscription? They say to him, Caesar's.
17And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
1 Corinthians 10:11
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11Now all these things happened to them in figure: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 10:11.  The NIV translation “on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” is very inadequate. []

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