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Thoughts on Time and Eternity (2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 90)
Sermon Notes
Sunday, 22 July 2012 00:00

 

Last Sunday we looked at 2 Peter 3:8 which reads "But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day."

The seeming “delay” of the Second Advent is to be understood by believers as related to two fundamental realities about God:  (1) His relation to time itself (3:8), and (2) His compassion toward mankind (3:9).

Peter's point in 3:8 is that what seems "long" and "short" to men is not "long" and "short" to the Lord.  Therefore, any seeming "delay" of the Second Advent is only such from a human point of view.

We briefly considered Psalm 90, a psalm of Moses, in which we observed

Psalm 90 – A Psalm of Moses (the man of God – Deuteronomy 33:1)

1.  I need a place to dwell/to take refuge:  the need for security

90:1-2  1 LORD, You have been our “dwelling place” [LXX “refuge”] in all generations.

 

2.  I need a divine/eternal perspective on my life:  the need to “see” the frailty of our fleeting life

90:3-6  4 For a thousand years in Your sight

Are like yesterday when it is past,

And like a watch in the night.

 

3.  I need deliverance/protection from God’s rightful wrath:  the need for salvation

90:7-11  7 For we have been consumed by Your anger;

And by Your wrath we are terrified.

 

4.  I need prudence to use my days for eternal purposes:  the need for sagacity

90:12-16  12 So teach us to number our days,

That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

 

5.  I need permanence to my life’s work:  the need for significance

90:17  And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,

And establish the work of our hands for us;

Yes, establish the work of our hands.

 

Applications:

Absolutely all of our needs are met in the person of God.  Seek no other source!

… as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, …                                                                                2 Peter 1:3

 

Yes!  Jesus is really coming, and coming soon!  **

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Revelation 22:20

 

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:8

 

**60 sec/min X 60 min/hr = 3,600 sec/hr.  If one day = 1,000 years, then 86,400 sec (1 day) = 1,000 yrs

If 86,400 sec = 1,000 yrs, then 86.4 sec (1 min, 26.4 sec ) = 1 yr; 1 yr = 1.44 min; 1 day = 0.2366 sec.

 

Based on this, if you are 70 years old, then you have only lived for the equivalent of 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 48 seconds!  I guess time does really fly!  As someone has said:  "The bad news is that time flies; the good news is that you're the pilot."  May we use well the brief time we have on this earth during this mortal life!  May we live with an eternal perspective and invest in the world to come.  Oh yes, since 1 wk = 1.7 sec, I guess I'll see you in less than a couple of seconds at church next Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

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