The End of the Old … The Beginning of the New

Reading the description of the end of the world as we know it in the Bible this morning (2 Peter 3.10-13) reminded me a little bit of scenes I’ve seen from a couple of older movies (“Independence Day” and “Apocalypse Now” – there may be more recent films that come to your mind).  Here is what the Bible says…

“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… That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in fervent heat.” (vss. 10, 12b)

What a contrast the other verses in this passage present…

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming…  in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells!  (vss. 11-12a, 13)

The Bible clearly teaches this old globe we live on is one day consigned to destruction!  The world I am looking forward to (and living for) is a “new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells!” (Check out Revelation 21-22 – Pretty awesome!!)  Gotta be ready… Gotta live ready!

That’s why I’m taking 1 John 2.15-17 seriously…

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

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