We are about to enter into the heart of Revelation: the prophecies given to John regarding future events. This third and longest section begins with John going to heaven and witnessing the activity in what appears to be the very throne room. It is a scene filled with worship.
Peter has been reminding us of the necessity of suffering, but suffering simply cannot be enjoyed for its own sake. Here he draws our attention to the glory that awaits us as God’s people in the presence of our Lord.
“Organized religion ‘will be driven toward extinction’ in 9 countries, experts predict.” So read the headline of CNN’s Belief Blog earlier this year. People today are feeling less and less comfortable with “Organized Religion.” The Apostle Paul, if he were here, would not be one of them. In fact, for him, the churches on the island of Crete were not yet organized enough. The reason he left his assistant Titus there was to set things in order.
One of the tasks that Timothy had before him was to assess potential candidates for ministry, so Paul outlined some qualifications for those who desired to lead. These credentials, along with those given to Titus, comprise the biblical standard for designated leaders within the body of Christ.