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Hasten Up

I like to point out that the Bible’s imperative about the Bible is not just to read it but to crave it. Similarly, the Bible’s imperative about the end times and the day of the Lord is not just to know about it but to hasten it.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. (2 Peter 3:11-12, NIV)

The lexical form of the word for “speed” is speudo (σπεύδω), translated “hasten” in most translations (ESV, KJV, NASB). I did do a little digging to see if our English word “speed” is a derivative (since they sound similar), but that search was inconclusive. As for the Greek word itself, Homer, Herodotus, and Thucydides used it to describe “exercising special effort” to bring something about (BAGD). It could be translated “earnestly desiring” (HCSB), but that’s a little flat.

How do we “hasten” God’s timeline? On one hand, we can’t make the Almighty move faster. And also we don’t just sit around.

keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (Jude 21)

waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)

Keep repenting and pursuing righteousness (2 Peter 3:9, 14). Meditate daily on the promises and look for them (2 Peter 3:13). Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed (Romans 13:11). Hasten up.