2 Peter Chapter 3
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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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's 2 Peter Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The design here is to remind of Christ's final coming to judgement. (1-4) He will appear unexpectedly, when the present frame of nature will be dissolved by fire. (5-10) From thence is inferred the need for holiness, and stedfastness in the faith. (11-18)1-4 The purified minds of Christians are to be stirred up, that they may be active and lively in the work of holiness. There will be scoffers in the last days, under the gospel, men who make light of sin, and mock at salvation by Jesus Christ. One very principal article of our faith refers to what only has a promise to rest upon, and scoffers will attack it till our Lord is come. They will not believe that he will come. Because they see no changes, therefore they fear not God, #Ps 55:19|. What he never has done, they fancy he never can do, or never will do.
5-10 Had these scoffers considered the dreadful vengeance with which God swept away a whole world of ungodly men at once, surely they would not have scoffed at his threatening an equally terrible judgment. The heavens and the earth which now are, by the same word, it is declared, will be destroyed by fire. This is as sure to come, as the truth and the power of God can make it. Christians are here taught and established in the truth of the coming of the Lord. Though, in the account of men, there is a vast difference between one day and a thousand years, yet, in the account of God, there is no difference. All things past, present, and future, are ever before him: the delay of a thousand years cannot be so much to him, as putting off any thing for a day or for an hour is to us. If men have no knowledge or belief of the eternal God, they will be very apt to think him such as themselves. How hard is it to form any thoughts of eternity! What men count slackness, is long-suffering, and that to us-ward; it is giving more time to hisown people, to advance in knowledge and holiness, and in the exercise of faith and patience, to abound in good works, doing and suffering what they are called to, that they may bring glory to God. Settle therefore in your hearts that you shall certainly be called to give an account of all things done in the body, whether good or evil. And let a humble and diligent walking before God, and a frequent judging of yourselves, show a firm belief of the future judgment, though many live as if they were never to give any account at all. This day will come, when men are secure, and have no expectation of the day of the Lord. The stately palaces, and all the desirable things wherein wordly-minded men seek and place their happiness, shall be burned up; all sorts of creatures God has made, and all the works of men, must pass through the fire, which shall be a consuming fire to all that sin has brought into the world, though a refining fire to the works of God's hand. What will become of us, if we set our affections on this earth, and make it our portion, seeing all these things shall be burned up? Therefore make sure of happiness beyond this visible world.
11-18 From the doctrine of Christ's second coming, we are exhorted to purity and godliness. This is the effect of real knowledge. Very exact and universal holiness is enjoined, not resting in any low measure or degree. True Christians look for new heavens and a new earth; freed from the vanity to which things present are subject, and the sin they are polluted with. Those only who are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and sanctified by the Holy Ghost, shall be admitted to dwell in this holy place. He is faithful, who has promised. Those, whose sins are pardoned, and their peace made with God, are the only safe and happy people; therefore follow after peace, and that with all men; follow after holiness as well as peace. Never expect to be found at that day of God in peace, if you are lazy and idle in this your day, in which we must finish the work given us to do. Only the diligent Christian will be the happy Christian in the day of the Lord. Our Lord will suddenly come to us, or shortly call us to him; and shall he find us idle? Learn to make a right use of the patience of our Lord, who as yet delays his coming. Proud, carnal, and corrupt men, seek to wrest some things into a seeming agreement with their wicked doctrines. But this is no reason why St. Paul's epistles, or any other part of the Scriptures, should be laid aside; for men, left to themselves, pervert every gift of God. Then let us seek to have our minds prepared for receiving things hard to be understood, by putting in practice things which are more easy to be understood. But there must be self-denial and suspicion of ourselves, and submission to the authority of Christ Jesus, before we can heartily receive all the truths of the gospel, therefore we are in great danger of rejecting the truth. And whatever opinions and thoughts of men are not according to the law of God, and warranted by it, the believer disclaims and abhors. Those who are led away by error, fall from their own stedfastness. And that we may avoid being led away, we must seek to grow in all grace, in faith, and virtue, and knowledge. Labour to know Christ more clearly, and more fully; to know him so as to be more like him, and to love him better. This is the knowledge of Christ, which the apostle Paul reached after, and desired to attain; and those who taste this effect of the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, will, upon receiving such grace from him, give thanks and praise him, and join in ascribing glory to him now, in the full assurance of doing the same hereafter, for ever.
Steinbrenner's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 2/22/2014, 11:13am...
God is not limited by time space and human comprehension
Miles katiyo's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment on 2/19/2014, 7:20am...
as we run this race let us keep in remembrance the day of the Lord is near and is coming as thief so let us guard against every evil deed that can alter our destinies 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 verse 9 he is a merciful Lord that every minute that he add to our lives He is just giving us another chance that nomatter how much we have sinned He is giving that minute or day to make up whatever you break up he wants everyone to enter eternity Someboby be reminded that if you havent received Christ as your personal Lord n Saviour God is waiting for you jus receive Him and be saved God loves you and is jus waiting for a willing somebody The time is near Can you just surrender to Him
Pastor CTJ's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment about verse 9 on 2/16/2014, 7:05am...
In the KJV it is translated as 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 words any and all figure prominently here and at first glance it is quite easy to see how the conclusion can be drawn that God wants all men to be saved But a more careful reading of the verse shows that the word us ward precedes any and all We re then forced to ask the question Who are the us of whom Peter speaks Verse 1 of the Chapter has a clue It says This second epistle beloved I now write unto you in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance This means then that this is a second letter This implies then that there is a first Thankfully we have that letter and it is in the Canon of scripture The Epistle of 1st Peter begins Peter an apostle of Jesus Christ to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus Galatia Cappadocia Asia and Bithynia 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ Grace unto you and peace be multiplied From this we can deduce the following re 2 Peter 3 9 what he is really saying is The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is longsuffering to us ward the Elect of God not willing that any of the Elect of God should perish but that all of the Elect of God should come to repentance
Bri's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 1/28/2014, 11:33am...
This is a very good scipture explaining how Jehovah God views time. It also gives insight into the creative days in the first chapter of Genesis. Many believe the first 6 creative days were actually 24 hour days. But those days were thousand of years. We didn't have the sun to make rotations that count as our 24 hour days, so how could it be 24 hour days. It was acually 1000 of years.
Maggie's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 1/19/2014, 4:40pm...
The outerspace was designed for smog-fumes etc to go into and now through the space station enterprises there are over 400,000 pieces of space junk floating around at lower earth level-4-500 KM above earth burning at 2000 degrees. The gases used by these in shuttling them into space is toxi so it is ruining our air-and polluting our oceans and earth by the pieces falling back into the ocean or onto earth. On top of this the ones that may collide in space and hit another one and breaking into up to 100 pieces to hit another one. These pieces are travelling at horrendous speeds around the earth. Edmonton Alberta Canada is one example where they had to come in with suits on to clean up the mess when junk from a shuttle landed as these pieces are all toxic. I think they would have been much better off to provide insurance and food for families that cant afford it instead of spending billions of dollars going into space-that may or may not cause a disaster beyond our imagination.
God said he would never again destroy the earth but what about man.
Ben's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment on 1/17/2014, 1:55pm...
I believe it means exactly what it says. Yes Jesus saves, but Jesus is not the minister of sin. How can your sins be forgiven if you have not repented and forsaken your sins first. If you trust in Jesus, you must also trust in the all the word of God, you must trust in the words of his apostles and disciples and the disciples of the apostles because they are the ones of whom you read about Jesus from. We are saved by grace, and not by our own works, it is the work of God in us through the power of his word and of the Holy Spirit. Why else would the apostle that taught us that we are saved buy grace have said that where sin doth abound, grace much more doth abound, what then, should I sin so that grace would abound?, God forbid. (heavens No). I should not sin because the grace of God is working in me and through me to overcome the sin of the world so that I can show for the person of Jesus Christ to the world, so then if it is the grace of God through the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ working in me, it no more I that is doing the work but God in me doing it. If I take the credit then it is no more God working in me and I have fallen from grace and am depending on my own works to save me. That is how James could say I will show you my faith by my works, as he believed that God was manifesting his works through him.
RHD's 2 Peter Chapter 3 comment on 1/14/2014, 7:18am...
what i get from this is Gods mercy is holding these thing back only he not in a hurry to destroy his creation.one day or a thousand year all the same to him lets get busy as sons and tell the Great Story of JESUS and his LOVE. HE LOVE US.SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH I CAN'T WAIT TO LOOK ON HIS FACE THE ONE WHO DIED FOR ME.
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