2 Peter Chapter 3
2 Pet 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
These people have "pure minds". (sincere-genuine faith) Peter has no call to rebuke them. He wrote "both" letters (1 Peter & 2 Peter) to stir up remembrance in them.
2 Pet 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
Why has he written these letters? That they may remember the words spoken by the prophets, (Old Testament) and the words of the apostles, and of Jesus Christ. (New Testament)
2 Pet 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
Knowing this "first". (order of importance) that after he is gone there shall come scoffers-mockers-false teachers, as he spoke of in 2 Peter 2:1
The things going on in the church today was warned about a long time ago. Luke the physician in writing the book of Acts has Paul speaking thus.
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Peter, too, was concerned for the saints after his departing.
2 Pet 1:13-15 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
2 Pet 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Peter is speaking of Jewish scoffers here. Since the fathers died, the Patriarchs - the prophets who spoke of Christ's coming, everything goes on as usual. They say Christ came, but the kingdom was not returned to Israel.
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Jesus told the believers that He would come again, but "years" are passing and still no Jesus.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
But even Christ said this would be.
Matt 24:37-42 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
2 Pet 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
These scoffers are "willingly" ignorant of the scripture. The heavens were of old. The heavens were created by the Word of God a long time ago. The Word of God created the earth, standing "out" of the water, surrounded by water but not completely submerged, a long time ago. And the world "in" the water, that is completely submerged in water (Noah's flood) happened a long time ago.
The Word of God can be trusted. He proposed to create the heavens and the earth, and He did. He said he would destroy the Old World by water, and although it was a long time coming He did.
2 Pet 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
God kept His word. The old original world was destroyed by water just as God said.
2 Pet 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
This "same Word" which created the heavens and the earth and destroyed the old earth says that the "present" heavens and earth will "again" be destroyed. This time it will be "complete" and by fire.
2 Pet 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Do not give up on God. Just because the scripture speaks of the "last days" two thousand years ago, does not mean that the last days will "never" come. Why, it was only "two days ago" that Peter and Paul spoke of the last days.
Ps 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
2 Pet 3:9 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.
The Lord is not neglectful or indifferent concerning His promises. HE WILL KEEP THEM. THIS WILL HAPPEN.
Just as he gave the old world 120 years to repent before the flood came to destroy them.
Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
The Spirit of God will not "always" struggle with man and try and correct him. One day God gives up on the sinner and leaves him in his sin.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God "gave them over" (delivered them-surrendered them- committed them- put in prison) to a reprobate (degenerate-hopeless case) mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (sodomy-homosexuality)
God cannot "always" be found.
Amos 5:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD "while he may be found", call ye upon him "while he is near":
2 Pet 3:10 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.
The "day of the Lord" will come as a "thief in the night", which is when He is "least expected".
"In" (en) Strongs # 1722 is translated "before" and "after" among many other words. The day of the Lord coming "for" His saints will be sudden and unexpected "after which" He rules "with" His saints for a thousand years, and "after that" He creates a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth will pass away.
Does a thief come with a "great noise"?
2 Pet 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
If God does all this because of sin, what manner of person should we be, because we are sinners. This ought to put us in fear of God and to work out our salvation, which is to prove to ourselves that we are saved, in fear and trembling.
Phil 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
2 Pet 3:12 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?
We are to look for Him and pray that He come soon and do away with this ole world of sin and the unrighteous people. We will love His appearance while the unsaved will dread it.
Rev 21:1-3 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, "the tabernacle of God is with men", and "he will dwell with them", and they shall be his people, and "God himself shall be with them", and be their God.
See- "Jesus" comes "for" His saints at the rapture. "Jesus" comes again, "with" His saints, at the end of the tribulation period to rule for a thousand years. THIS TIME "GOD IS COMING " to the earth with the new Jerusalem to dwell with us, the saints.
WHAT AN HONOR. Can you realize what this says? We will not be with God; He will be with us. How does God love us so much? Why does He love us so much? He not only sent His Son to 'die" for us, God Himself will leave heaven to dwell with us.
2 Pet 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
We know that God will destroy the old heavens and earth, but rather than dread this we look forward to new heavens and a new earth where there will be no more sin.
2 Pet 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Since we look for these things we should be active-busy in the Lord's work
Matt 24:44-46 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Luke 19:12-13 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
The Master left and said "I shall return" and He gave gifts (of the Spirit) unto them and He said busy yourself-work till I come back.
We do not want Him to come and find us idle and unprofitable servants.
Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
2 Pet 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
Paul speaks of the longsuffering of God in Rom; 2 Cor; Gal; Col; 1 Tim;and 2 Tim.
The longsuffering of God was indeed MY salvation. I was 54 years old when I was saved. My brother was 47 years old when he died.(died a Roman Catholic drunk-which I too, once was) God knows when it is of no use to be longsuffering anymore.
2 Pet 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Professing Christians not only have a hard time understanding some of Paul's epistles, but "all" the scripture. They are ignorant and wavering. They are not fixed, or sound in the faith. They wrest, or pervert the scripture to their own destruction.
2 Pet 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
Again Peter says that these people "know" these things. (2 Peter 1:12) and "again" he cautions them to be wary.
2 Pet 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall
2 Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
We grow in grace when we grow in the knowledge of Christ.
2 Pet 1:2 "Grace" and peace "be multiplied" (grow) unto you "through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord".