“Patience” Word Study: 2 Peter 3:15

“Patience” Word Study: 2 Peter 3:15

A Biblical word study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

2 Peter 3:15 — “And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him…”

MacArthur commentary: “…during the time of God’s patience, Christians should engage in seeking the salvation of souls.”

It appears that I have a long way to go in understanding and embracing patience and humility. Even as I study, the familiar flashes of ideas of how God might use me to do BIG things and make a name for myself (i.e. maybe out of this study I’ll write a best-selling book) distract me like tired mosquitoes buzzing in my ears. May God completely re-purpose my heart, and with it, my idea of serving and of success.

“Patience” Word Study: 1 Peter 3:18-20

“Patience” Word Study: 1 Peter 3:18-20

A Biblical word study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

1 Peter 3:18-20 — “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.”

MacArthur commentary for 1 Peter 3:19: “Between Christ’s death and resurrection, his living spirit went to the demon spirits bound in the abyss and proclaimed that, in spite of his death, he had triumphed over them…’spirits in prison’ [refers] to fallen angels (demons), who were permanently bound because of heinous wickedness. The demons who are not so bound resist such a sentence (cf. Luke 8:31). In the end, they will all be sent to the eternal lake of fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).”

MacArthur commentary for 1 Peter 3:20: “Peter further explains that the abyss is inhabited by bound demons who have been there since the time of Noah, and who were sent there because they severely overstepped the bounds of God’s tolerance with their wickedness. The demons of Noah’s day were running riot through the earth, filling the world with their wicked, vile, anti-God activity, including sexual sin, so that even 120 years of Noah’s preaching, while the ark was being built, could not convince any of the human race beyond the eight people in Noah’s family to believe in God…thus God bound these demons permanently in the abyss until their final sentencing.”

“Patience” Word Study: 1 Timothy 1:12-16

“Patience” Word Study: 1 Timothy 1:12-16

A Biblical word study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

1 Timothy 1:12-16 — “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”

I wonder how Paul got to the point in his heart where he truly considered himself the “foremost” of sinners. He did persecute Christians, yes, but our fallen human nature–together with the voice of the enemy–tends to prevail in our hearts (or at least in my own) by creating a mental comparison between ourselves and those who are ‘clearly’ worse sinners. I’m sure Paul could have done the same and sought worldly consolation of his offenses. But he seems to hold fast, as far as we can tell, to his profession. This is an example of true, God-given humility.

“Patience” Word Study: Ephesians 4:1-3

“Patience” Word Study: Ephesians 4:1-3

A Biblical word study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

Ephesians 4:1-3 — “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

“Patience” Word Study: Romans 9:22-23

“Patience” Word Study: Romans 9:22-23

A Biblical Word Study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

Romans 9:22-23 — “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—”

MacArthur commentary: “God could justly destroy sinners the first time they sin. But he patiently endures their rebellion rather than giving them what every sin immediately deserves: eternal punishment…[By] “vessels of wrath”…Paul refers to those whom God has not only chosen for salvation, but rather allowed to incur the just penalty for their sin–God’s wrath.”

Starting Over

Starting Over

railroadI am in a dry spell. I read or hear the Scripture, and it means nothing to me. My faith right now feels like it is defined by deadness. I still believe, but my belief is an unoccupied shell. I am surrounded by new creations alive in their growth, and how I envy them—how I envy the prior version of me that was alive, too. But my faith was rooted in pride. I see that now. I interpreted Scripture through a lens that brought me constant assurance that I would go on to be a true hero for the Lord, bravely going where few Christians had dared in the name of ministry. As a youth, I looked up to David and Timothy from a place of expectation. I never wanted to be a Christian whose only experience with outreach is to just show Jesus through actions, not words. This seemed a cowardly waste to me. Imagine my disbelief, my defiance upon realizing that God is not opening doors to bold missions. He has given me a comfortable, blessed life, to be sure, but it is not what I have been preparing myself for. It seems to me that my only hope at preserving the fragile flame within me, once a blazing flare, is to make this season one of study in patience and humility.

“Patience” Word Study: Romans 2:6-8

“Patience” Word Study: Romans 2:6-8

A Biblical word study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

Romans: 2:6-8 — “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”