WHERE RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS

Try as we might, it is virtually impossible to talk about the throes of earth in the final days, without feeling that they are indescribable.   Even as early as the formation of the church following the resurrection of Jesus, they were aware that there would be a judgment that would destroy the entire earth and the heavens and the elements would melt with intense heat. 

Peter makes direct reference to it in his second Epistle.  However, he includes in his remarks that “According to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (11 Peter 3:13)

Personally, I have seen some of the most beautiful places that one can imagine, and I have not seen everything created by our wonderful Lord.  I could not live the length of time it would require to do something of this magnitude.  Imagine, if possible, what it will be to see “New heavens and a new earth” without a curse upon it.  It is unimaginable with the limited abilities that we possess.  But is will be so, and because every believer and follower of the Lord Jesus will have been made a “spiritual” body, a perfect creation that was led by our Lord Jesus in His resurrection, will experience perfection for the first time. 

Accordingly, the aura of perfection will touch everything and everyone in that new creation.  I realize that there are those who give the rest of us the idea that they are “perfect”, I assure you that they will find great satisfaction when they live in that environment and experience the “promise” (v13) that is actualized.

There are those words “righteousness dwells” that stand out at the end of these promises.  Every day our “news casts” blurt out the tragedies, world- wide, that bespeak the works of unrighteousness of the world in which we live.  The tragedies are everywhere and man with his limited capacity, because of this body of clay that is marred since the beginning, cannot find any solution to such tragedies, and it becomes more and more frightful from a human standpoint.  We are “more intelligent” but frightfully more sinful.

Our hope can and will be realized only when God intervenes.  If the days of Peter were described as close to the “end time”, we are obviously very close to what God intends to do.  If righteousness in that day reigns, and we certainly agree with what Peter has said, let us: “Be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation;” (v14)

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