God is not like man when it comes to promises.
Man many times forgets or just does not uphold promises that have been made. The Bible plainly teaches that one day the world will be destroyed and all that is here will be gone.
Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:9, 10).
God is not slack. He means what he says.
Knowing God has promised that one day this world will be destroyed, every person on the face of the earth ought to be getting prepared for this day.
Peter continued by saying, “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?...
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:11-14).
What manner of person ought one be knowing God keeps his promises? People who obey God as he has directed.
One must look within themselves and ask, “Am I prepared for this day?”
God has given man the Bible to guide man in his way. The word “diligent” in Greek means to be earnest, making haste, giving care to what is being done.
This is the mindset everyone needs if they are truly looking for heaven. One must work at being diligent to be found in the Lord. It takes careful, earnest study and obedience to God’s word to be found “in the Lord.”
The law of Christ is the last will and testament of Christ. The Hebrew writer said, “And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
“For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth” (Heb. 15-17).
On the day of Pentecost, Peter told his listeners that the things they had seen and heard that day were a fulfillment of the words of the prophet Joel (Acts 2:14-21).
He then told them Jesus, who had worked miracles in their midst, they had taken and slain, yet God had raised him up (Acts 2:22-25).
They realized what they had done and they stopped his sermon and asked, “What must we do?” Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).
The Lord has been longsuffering to mankind, but one day all will be over. Those who are prepared will hear the words, “Come ye blessed of my Father, enter into the joys of the Lord” (Matt. 25:34).
Those unprepared will hear, “depart from me, I never knew you” (Matt. 7:23).