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What Kind of People?


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What kind of people should we be? Long ago the Apostle Peter asked this question. But first he explained the situation. Here's what he said: "The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare." (2 Peter 3:10 NIV)

Then he challenged us: "Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?" (2 Peter 3:11 NIV).

The proper response to the challenge includes three words: "Holy, Godly and Hopeful." These words describe the kind of people we should be (2 Peter 3:11-13). Let's take a look at these three words.

    I. We Should Be Holy People
  • We are God's own people (holy to Him).
  • "You ought to live holy lives" (2 Peter 3:11). Things and people are "holy" when they belong only to God. Consider yourself God's possession. You belong to Him if you are His child by faith. As the grand old hymn says, "He tells me I am His own." The Apostle Paul made clear that "you are not your own, for you were bought with a price (the blood of Jesus). Therefore, honor God with your body, which is His" (1 Corinthians 6:20b-21 NIV).

  • We are here for His purpose.
  • It can be said to anyone: "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." What a privilege to be part of His plan.

  • We are at His disposal.
  • A great gospel chorus goes like this: "Only to be what He wants me to be every moment of every day.."
    II. We Should Be Godly People
  • "You ought to live godly lives" (2 Peter 3:11).

  • We believe in the Lord
  • Life makes no sense without God

  • We love the Lord
  • Jesus said "Love God" is the greatest commandment
    God is always on our mind.

  • We serve the Lord
  • We serve God by serving others
    III. We Should Be Hopeful People
  • We hold fast to the promises of God (2 Peter 3:12-13)
  • A new Heaven and a New Earth
    The home of righteousness.

  • We are eager to see the promises fulfilled
  • We can hardly wait (2 Peter 3:12)

  • We know God's promises will be fulfilled (2 Peter 3:13)
  • Let us be patient.
    Let us keep serving as we wait.


2 Peter 3
New International Version (NIV)

1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 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.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

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