II Peter 3:1-9
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
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:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
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.
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:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
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.
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.
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.
Scoffers are those who choose to disbelieve God and His Word. They say in their hearts. “There is no God,” Psalm 14:1; And make it their ambition to ridicule those who follow God. Read Proverbs 19:29; 29:8 and Acts 13:41
3:1 Pure minds is to be aware to the dangers of phony leaders who will claim to be Christians.
3:2 Words which were spoken: The only way Peter’s readers could recognize the errors of the heretical teachers was to compare their teaching with the teaching of the Holy Prophets and Apostles. As Peter had already reminded his readers in II Peter 1:21, “holy men,” spoke words given to them by the Holy Spirit, which were therefore utterly reliable. Are we getting words today that are utterly reliable from preachers and pastors, etc…? The words given them were completely reliable words that are in the Bible.
Today I believe some of the words we hear today are to impress other people.
The Commandment of the apostles probably refers to the new commandment Jesus gave, that You and I love one another read John 13:34-35.
3:3 A Primary motivation for righteous living was the expectation of Christ’s return (read I John 3:2-3). However, the unforeseen delay in that coming would produce SCOFFERS who would mock the coming, because they desire to live in ways that fulfilled their self-indulgent desires, same as today. The Apostles predicted that such scoffing would occur (read II Timothy 3:1-5; James 5:3; Jude 18).
THE LAST DAYS refers to the present age (Read Hebrews 1:2). For centuries, scoffers have denied the Second Coming whenever hedonism and humanism have prevailed in the church.
3:4 All things continue: The basis for denying the super natural reappearance of Jesus is that NOTHING of that nature has occurred in the past. THE FATHERS who FELL ASLEEP refers to the Old Testament patriarchs.
3:5-6 They willfully forget: The scoffing teachers would choose to overlook events such as creation and the flood. The people of Noah’s time did not believe in Noah’s warning because they had never experienced a flood. They forgot, as the false teachers later would, that God created the entire universe by His WORD. Just as creation was by His word, the world is being sustained by His word. The world’s judgment and destruction will be by His word. GOD IS IN CONTROL, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS WORLD.
3:8 A thousand years: God will surely accomplish His purpose and promises, even though it may appear that He is slow in doing so. His timing is always perfect.
3:9 The delay of God’s judgment is not due to SLACKNESS, but to the Lord’s LONGSUFFERING attitude.
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.