THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS
(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Hebrews 13 __2nd Peter 1
Focal verse(s): Hebrews 13:4: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
Love for our fellow man must be an outward sign of our faith in God. We should offer hospitality to strangers, because God may send some angels disguised as humans. We should minister to those in prison and others who have been ill-treated or suffered persecution with as much compassion as if we were in their circumstances. God holds the bonds of marriage in high esteem and those who break these bonds through sexual immorality face the judgment of God. The Christian life and covetousness cannot be mixed, so Christians must be free from the love of money in order to effectively serve the Lord. We are to imitate the faith of the great Christian martyrs Stephen, Christ’s brother James, James the brother of John, and others who faced suffering and martyrdom and were faithful to Christ to the very end. We are to continually offer the sacrifice of praise with joy to God. Our lips are a spiritual indication of what is in our hearts and we are also to offer to God the sacrifices of good works and service, being submissive to our spiritual leaders in order to achieve maturity in the faith. The book of 2nd Peter is written to Jewish Christians and emphasizes the sufferings of Christ. All believers receive divine power from God to take care of all things necessary for living a life of godliness. God’s Word has been given to us and we are guided by His Holy Spirit, having escaped the corruption of the world. Because of these gifts from God we should make every effort to cooperate with Him, being disciplined and growing in faith, self-control, patience, fellowship, and in service and Christian love…these things are the signs of spiritual maturity. By exercising these gifts, Christians will assure themselves of not stumbling in the Christian life and failing in God’s calling for them. When believers accept Christ into their hearts they spiritually enter the kingdom of God and will enter bodily into heaven at their glorification at Christ’s Second Coming. Believers’ works of grace on earth will be crowned with rewards of grace in heaven. In order to stay on track and not get sidelined, God’s people must be constantly reminded of their glorious future. Peter knew of his coming death and felt an urgent need to keep reminding the saints of their future in Christ and assured his readers that after his death his letter would help remind them of the instructions he had given to them in gospel truths. Peter reminded his readers that the Word of God is based on truth and has the testimony of the apostles who were eyewitnesses to rule out any made up stories or myths from human wisdom. The Word of God has also been proven by the fulfillment of the prophecies about Christ, described in this passage as “the Day Star” or “Morning Star” when Christ comes back for His own. All Scriptures have been divinely inspired and given to men by the speaking of the Holy Spirit. It is easy to understand this by simply reading the Bible through and seeing how impossible it would be for scores of men from different countries and hundreds of years apart to write prophecies and stories that fit together perfectly as one unit!