Peter is one of the New Testament’s greatest examples of a changed life. From a fisherman to a disciple to a betrayer to a redeemed leader of the church filled with The Holy Spirit. There is no shortage of accounts which exemplify God’s grace in Peter’s life.
Seeing that Peter is such a beloved brother of our most holy faith, we should take special care to see what He has written us. And one of the most important things is the very last thing. In chapter one of his second letter, Peter says to the reader, “Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.”
And so, in his old age, before he leaves this earth, Peter leaves us with a very serious and important admonition,
"But the day of The LORD will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass out of sight with a great noise, and the elements burning with heat will be untied/loosed/let go/unbound, and the earth also and the works that are therein shall be discovered. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be untied/loosed/let go/unbound, and the elements burning with heat are melting? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." [2 Pe 3:10-14]
Everything that you can see with your eyes is going to be dissolved. God tells us that every bit of matter is going to melt and be unbound, because one day Jesus Christ is going to release the elements of this world. We read in Colossians and Hebrews that Jesus Christ holds all things together; He, by the word of His power, binds all elements together. The force which inhibits the particles from exploding away from each other is Jesus Christ. Paul tells us,
"And he is before all things, and by him all things have been cohering." [Col 1:17] "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:" [Heb 1:3]
When we realize that Jesus Christ holds together the very atoms that our bodies consist of, it ought to make us fear Him. There is not one iota of time in our lives where Jesus Christs magnificent grace has not literally held us together. Job writes of God, “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” He holds our very breath in His hands. Brethren, we ought to fear our God, “for our God is a consuming fire.”
"And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" [1 Pe 1:17-19]
This truth should change the way we live. “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” It should move us to greater purity and holiness.
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" [Heb 12:14] "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not foresight for the flesh, for the lusts thereof." [Rom 13:11-14]
Seeing that we look for a new heavens and new earth where we will eternally dwell with Jesus, we should be diligent to keep ourselves pure and unblemished for Him at His return. We should be earnestly seeking to remain and pure virgin brides for our Lord and Savior, our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.