The second letter of Peter was intended to exhort the suffering Christian believers to stand firm in the Lord and be daily prepared for the second coming of Christ as against scoffers’ taunts about Jesus’ second coming. There are people, even among the self-acclaimed ‘Christians,’ that still doubt the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. They say that for more than 2,000 years, the second coming of Christ had been a swan song among Christians and Jesus is yet to come! Jesus Christ will surely come at the God-appointed time “Like a thief in the night.” Or when we least expected.
Apostle Peter, therefore, in this 3-chapter epistle tried to reassure his readers-especially those undergoing suffering as a result of their faith in Christ, of the Parousia. Worshipping God in the North Eastern part of Nigeria as well as some Muslim-dominated countries like Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Somalia, have become extremely difficult. The story of Miss Leah Sharibu, a Dapchi girl kidnapped with more than 100 female students by Boko Haram, is still fresh in our minds. Sticking to her faith in Christ, Leah and many others like her must have undergone extreme torture in life.
Shall we because of suffering or attacks forsake Christ? God forbid. In 2 Cor. 11:23-28, Apostle Paul could boast of the many times he had suffered for the faith, yet this Gramaliel-trained lawyer could boldly, say in Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Paul was always prepared and ready for anything for the sake of Christ. We also should.
Apostle Peter in the text today, told fellow believers about the end-time and admonished his readers and all of us, not only to be prepared but also “to grow in grace.” Christian life in this world is like a seed planted in the soil, growing from one stage to another. Seeds grown in fertile grounds do better than seeds planted in arid land. We have to nourish and water the seeds in order to do well. The Word of God is the nourishment every Christian needs everyday to grow well in Christ. You need to have it in abundance, too.
2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
Lord Jesus, I strongly believe that the Second Coming will be like a thief in the night.
Help me, I pray, to grow in Your Grace and Word, and be as one prepared for that day. Amen.
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