A rich welcome

In terms of God’s calling, the goal of all effort in this life is to be received into heaven. This is our objective and our hope.

In this way you will receive a rich welcome into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1.11 CEB

In this way — Not everyone will enter into heaven, not even those who call themselves Christians, but only those who “make every effort to be sure” of their calling and election, v. 10.

A rich welcome — Either we will be refused entrance or we will be given a free and rich welcome. This is the contrast of the verse. There’s no thought anywhere of barely getting in. Every entrance, for those who are faithful and growing in God’s grace, will be great and glorious.

Into the everlasting kingdom — A reference to heaven. Today, the kingdom manifests itself on earth in the form of the church. God’s kingdom has already arrived in this aspect, and whoever dies in the faith will enter into the eternal kingdom. Those who are a part of it on earth will also be a part of it in heaven. Those who are not in the kingdom on earth, will not be a part of the eternal kingdom.

Of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ — All things belong to him, and every entrance into heaven will be through him. In his second letter, Peter uses this full title for Jesus in every chapter. He affirms that Jesus is Savior only when we obey him as Lord.

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