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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Peter Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Peter
Date Penned: (67 AD)
Overview: Peter Address the Church (c 1-3)
Theme: Hope for Growing Christians (c 3)
Message: Peter Offers Love an Encouragement (v 1-18)

2 Peter 3 Commentary

(2:1-16) The Day of the Lord is Coming - The previous chapter focused on denouncing the false teachers. This chapter returns to the faithful believers, offering them love and encouragement to remember God’s words to them (3:1-2), to remember God’s timing is different from their expectation so that they could counter the scoffers (3:8), to be faithful (3:14), and to stay away from false teaching (3:17).

(3:17-18) Peter's Final Words - No matter where we are in our spiritual journey, no matter how mature we are, the sinful world always will challenge our faith. We still have much room for growth. If every day we find some way to draw closer to Christ, we will be prepared to stand for truth in any and all circumstances.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do Not Worry

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 2nd Peter with Chapter 3 and today we see the hope for growing Christians is that the Lord is in total control. The issues of the day do not catch Him by surprise but rather has all things working together for His Good and His Glory. How about you? Are you worried about the issues of the Day? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Peter to see that the Lord is in control and reigns over the just and unjust so He will work all things together for His good, His Glory, and His Promise.


2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3

 1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

 2That 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:

 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

 4And 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.

 5For 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:

 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

 7But 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.

 8But, 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.

 9The 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.

 10But 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.

 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

 12Looking 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?

 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

 15And 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;

 16As 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.

 17Ye 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.

 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.