Mind the Goal

As life goes on with all its habits, problems and the like, how do we keep the great goal in mind?

2Pet. 3:4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”

Psa. 73:11    They say, “How does God know?
            And is there knowledge with the Most High?”
Psa. 73:12    Behold, these are the wicked;
            And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
Psa. 73:13    Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
            And washed my hands in innocence;
Psa. 73:14    For I have been stricken all day long
            And chastened every morning.

Psa. 10:11    He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
            He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”
Psa. 10:12 ¶             Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand.
            Do not forget the afflicted.

Presumptuous skepticism (did God say, not die-heaven, hell, purgatory and reincarnation to no God, evolution and big bang) and lawless lust (money-get it anyway from thievery to privilege-and lust-premarital, same sex, child abuse), setting nature and its so-called laws (evolution) above the God of nature and revelation, and arguing from the past continuity of nature’s phenomena that there can be no future interruption (no concept ever dies) to them, was the sin of the antediluvians (before the flood), and shall be that of the scoffers in the last days. The new normal is the old, old ways of whatever a person wants for himself and his. Where — implying that it ought to have taken place before this, if ever it was to take place, but that it never will. The promise — which you, believers, are so continually looking for the fulfillment of

2Pet. 3:13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2Pet. 3:14 ¶ Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
2Pet. 3:15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,

What becomes of the promise which you talk so much of? his — Christ’s; the subject of prophecy from the earliest days. the fathers — to whom the promise was made, and who rested all their hopes on it. all things — in the natural world; skeptics look not beyond this. as they were — continue as they do; as we see them to continue. From the time of the promise of Christ’s coming as Savior and King being given to the fathers, down to the present time, all things continue, and have continued, as they now are, from “the beginning of creation.” The “scoffers” here are not necessarily atheists, nor do they maintain that the world existed from eternity. They are willing to recognize a god from Saturn rituals to Nature worship, but not the God of revelation. They reason from seeming delay against the fulfillment of God’s word at all.

2Pet. 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
2Pet. 3:6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
2Pet. 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

Heb. 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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