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2 Peter 3:11: Since All These Things Are Thus To Be Dissolved, What Sort Of People Ought You To Be In Lives Of Holiness And Godliness

2 Peter 3:11
[11] Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, (ESV)

All that we hold dear in this world will be destroyed. If you have ever done traveling across the world you have likely seen beautiful sights. God is a wonderful creator. He has brought into existence things that can literally take your breath away. None of it is going to last. God is going to destroy everything by fire. As the Apostle Peter reminds us, these things are to be dissolved.

If you know that God is bringing judgment upon all of mankind, what kind of life should you live? Peter could have posed this to the false teachers who were trying to destroy the church. He knew exactly what kind of lives they were planning on living in light of the coming judgment. Their plans were to continue in immorality, greed, and manipulation of people.

Peter's question is aimed at the Christians of his day. His question is an appropriate one for Christians of every generation to grapple with. How are you dealing with the question? A few years ago, in Christendom, the term "practical atheist" became popular. This title is defined as people who live like they believe there is no God, while claiming to be a believer in God.

We could respond to Peter's question by acting like the false teachers. We could chase the pleasures of this life and suffer eternal judgment. We could claim that we believe in God while demonstrating by our actions that we do not believe in him at all. Or, we can humbly come before the Lord, confessing our sin, and asking his Holy Spirit to help us live lives of holiness and godliness.

How will you answer the question, "What sort of people ought you to be?" God is looking for an answer that looks to him for holiness and godliness.