2 Peter 3
(3:1) "This second epistle ... I now write unto you."|
See note for 1:1.
(3:3-8) The author of 2 Peter is aware of the failed expectations of
early believers. Jesus, who was to come soon, didn't come at all.
Many "scoffers" have begun to ask, "Where is the promise of his coming?" He tries
to cover for Jesus by claiming that "one day with the Lord is as a thousand
years." It's been used ever since.
(3:3) "There shall come in the last days scoffers."
(3:4) "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."
"The world ... being overflowed with water, perished."
God drowned everyone on earth except for Noah and his family.
(3:7) "The heavens and the earth ... are ... reserved unto fire against the
day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
God will set the entire earth on fire so that he can burn
non-believers to death.
(3:8) "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
"The Lord is ... not willing that any should perish."
Does God want some people to go to hell?
"The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
When Jesus finally does come, the heavens will
"pass away with a great noise" and the earth will "be burnt up."
Will the earth last forever?
(3:13) "We ... look for new heavens and a new earth."
Will the earth last forever?
"In all his epistles ... are some things hard to be understood."
Paul's epistles are hard to
understand. And that those who try to understand them, as with the other
scriptures, do so "unto their own destruction."
|3:1 This second epistle, beloved,
I now write unto you; in both which I stir
up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
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:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
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.
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
Whereby the world that then was, being
overflowed with water, perished:
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
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.
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.
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.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of
persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
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
Nevertheless we, according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that
ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless
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;
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.
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
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.
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