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The Patience of the Lord

2 Peter 3.15, 16a

and consider thatthe longsuffering of our Lord issalvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand…

The Story:There are at least three senses in which we should “consider that the longsuffering of our Lord issalvation.” First, as mentioned yesterday, there is the additional time allotted to us for working out our own salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2.12). We must not be idle, but diligent, about the matter of growing in our relationship with the Lord, in godliness and holiness. Second, there are many opportunities God affords us for declaring His salvation to others. We are called to be His witnesses in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1.8). Every day we can encourage a fellow believer in the salvation of the Lord and reach out to the lost with the Good News of the Kingdom. Finally, the Lord Himself continues preparing a place for us in the new heaven and new earth (Jn. 14.1-30). I’m not entirely sure what this means, but it indicates that the Lord is busy even at this time preparing a greater salvation for us in the new heaven and new earth, a salvation so great that we won’t mind having to wait just a bit longer to enjoy it.

The Structure:The respectful and appreciative mention of the Apostle Paul here should put to rest any idea of those two being rivals for leadership in the early Church, as some have supposed. Paul submitted to Peter in Jerusalem, and, in doing so, confirmed his calling to the Gentiles. And Peter submit to Paul’s hard but necessary corrective in Antioch (Gal. 2). Both men knew, loved, and respected on another, because both men lived for the salvation of the Lord in every respect.

Are you entering into the full “patience of the Lord” during this time of waiting?

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T. M. Moore

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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