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Getting Ready For The End

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 04 February 2017

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READ:

1 Peter 4:7

7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Titus 2:12-13

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

EXHORTATION:

T

he expectancy of the glorious appearing of Christ certainly strengthens the heart of all Christians, especially those who are in afflictions and trials. It will also help us to set our lives in order.

Peter began this passage, saying, “But the end of all things is at hand.” The Greek term for “end” (telos) speaks of “consummation” or “ultimate fulfillment.” Peter was pointing to the final appearance of the Lord.

The verb translated “is at hand” speaks of the nearness of Christ’s coming. In other words ‘the end’ could happen at any time. The event is imminent.

After reminding the believers of the imminency of consummation of all things, Peter reminded them how their expectation of the end should direct their lives. This is what he meant when he wrote, “be ye therefore.” Genuine anticipation of Christ’s return will bring about spiritual transformations in the believers. They prepare for Christ's return by living godly.

In verse 7b, Peter said, “be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” Peter here mentions two important essentials of holy living. They are sobriety and prayerfulness.

The Greek word translated “sober” (sophronesate) comes from two words that mean “to keep safe” and “the mind.” Thus it has the idea of guarding one’s mind from impurity and falsehood. It is important that we guard our minds - “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Those who desire to live holy unto the coming of Christ must protect their minds from all ungodliness and fill it with all that are virtuous and acceptable to the Lord.

Second exhortation from Peter is found in the last part of verse 7 - “watch unto prayer.” The word “watch” has the idea of alertness and self-control. Peter is exhorting us to be alert and controlled for the purpose of prayer. Only if we think right and pray right, we can live a holy life. Therefore the Bible repeatedly commands us to “watch and pray” (Mark 13:33; 14:38; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2). It is a command that we should not forget.

THOUGHT:

"And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:3).

PRAYER:

Oh that I may be holy for the Holy One and for the holy city!