The Last Two Chapters

“What’s the world coming to?” Ever heard that one?

Of course. By the way, what is the world coming to?

It’s coming to an end—that is, the world as we now know it.

What does it mean to come to an end? Will everything go out of existence?

No. No. I said “the world as we know it.” Always look for qualifying words.

OK. OK. I will. But what do you mean?

I mean that according to the book of II Peter, God will melt things down, burning up man’s filth that he leaves behind. He will then refashion out of the molten elements a new world “where righteousness is at home.”

Really? What’s the new one going to look like?

Read for yourself. It’s all there in the last two chapters of the last book of the Bible. It will be terrific!

I guess I’ll have to read up on this.

Good idea—but of greater importance is to discover how you can get there and not wind up “outside” as it says in those chapters.

Outside?

Outside.

You mean locked out so that you can’t get in?

Precisely. But do you know where outside you’ll be it you don’t get in?

I’m afraid to ask.

You should be—it’s name is “hell.”

How can I get into the new land that’s been made over?

By recognizing you are a sinner against a holy God—a lawbreaker who has disregarded His commands and gone his own way. By admitting it to Him. By trusting on Jesus Christ alone to get you in. And by trust in Him, I mean believing that He died taking the punishment for your sins and rose again from the dead. He’s right now listening to this conversation!

Before you do anything else, you ought to read those two last chapters in the Book!

After the things that you just said, I’d be a fool not to.

I’m afraid that there are fools out there who are reading this and won’t read those chapters.

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