In 2 Peter 3, Peter addresses the scoffers that claimed that the Lord’s delay was proof that he was not coming. Peter challenges their error by appealing to the creation and the flood that powerfully display the glory and certainty of God (2 Peter 3:5-6).
If God can accomplish creating the universe with a thought, he can certainly finish the job in the end. Scripture is very clear that there will be a judgment. Trying to avoid this certainty is foolishness.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10, NKJV).
“Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
The judgment scene is where we will all stand before the throne of the Lord and our works will be judged by the Word of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15, John 12:48). Since he is the judge, he is the only one we should be listening to (Galatians 1:6-9).
The Word will come true about the judgment. Yet, since we do not know when the judgment will occur, we must always be ready (Hebrews 9:27). God does not exist in time, as we know it. It is not the framework around which he operates.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8).
“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” (2 Peter 3:8).
The Psalmist writes, “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4).
Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
We cannot count on extra time thinking God is too busy or unconcerned about his Son’s return. God’s will is moving forward and we have no idea when it will culminate. The end is certain and it can happen today or in a thousand years.
Even though we do not know when the judgment will arrive, we do know when ours will come. When we die, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. There is nothing more we can do from our grave. Therefore, when we die, it is our judgment day. So, we must all be ready for our death and that may come at any time.
God does not want any of us to be lost but we have freewill and can choose to follow Christ or ignore Him.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9; cf. Romans 2:4).
God is consummate goodness. However, he has given us a choice and must abide by it. Heaven and hell are both eternal and real (Matthew 25:46). Are we prepared?