- The greater your expectations of heaven, the better your life on earth will be (moral compass, priorities, value system).
- Why? Because expectations affect behavior.
- Philippians 3:3-11
- If you want to live a life on earth the way it ought to be lived, you must live with eternity in mind.
- If my view of this life is big, and my view of eternal life is much smaller, it will absolutely be reflected in my priorities.
II Peter 3:1-4
- II Peter 3:1-2 – Learn to live in the light of God’s word.
- Their expectation of their future was based on data in their mind – “For ever since our fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”
- Based on my past, I determine probability for the future.
- They did not really know about the past. (Time lapse)
- If I can get God and eternal judgment out of my mind, then I can live any way I want to live. It frees me up – no worries.
- Make this life so important I can’t see eternity.
II Peter 3:5-6
- By this analysis, things have always been just like they are now.
- Imagine how Noah was mocked.
- He was building a boat on dry land for 120 years.
- People had possibly never seen rain (Genesis 2:5-6; 7:11).
- Noah preached for 120 years that people had to get on his boat or die.
- Noah’s short sermon – it’s gonna rain a lot!
- What made Noah act this way? (Genesis 6:8-9; I Peter 3:18-22)
- Matthew 24:36-42
II Peter 3:7-9
- II Peter 3:7 – Do you believe the world will someday be completely destroyed by fire (if you live that long)?
- How much do you believe it?
- II Peter 3:8 – Humans live a linear life – God does not.
- We live in yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
- We cannot measure God’s thoughts and actions by our watch or calendar.
- God wants us to learn to see time and events as he sees them.
II Peter 3:10-13
- II Peter 3:10 – The uncreation.
- II Peter 3:11-12 – Does this fact affect how you live? See this life?
- II Peter 3:14 – “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation;”
- Philippians 3:12-21