The last days of history – Part 6
Warnings About “The Day Of The Lord” Contd.
3:4 “Where is the promise of his coming?” In the last days, the period between Christ’s first and second comings, false teachers will deny that Christ will return for the church (His bride), to redeem the natural order of creation (e.g., Rom 8:19-22), and to destroy the ungodly world system (cf. Rev 19:11-21).
3:7 “reserved unto fire.” Because sin has contaminated the heavens and earth, God has determined to destroy them by fire (vv.7,10,12). This day will come as surely as the flood did in Noah’s time. God’s intervention to purify the earth by fire signifies that He will not allow sin to go unpunished forever.
Events connected with that day
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, 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 which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Pet 3:8-13)
3:8 “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.” God views time from the perspective of eternity (cf. Ps 90:4). “A thousand years” looks different to God than to humans. He can accomplish in one day what we might expect would take a thousand years, or He can take a thousand years to accomplish what we would like to see done in a day.
3:9 “not willing that any should perish.” The delay of Christ’s return is related to the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom to the whole world (Mat 24:14). God wants everyone to hear the gospel and does not desire anyone to perish eternally (1 Tim 2:4; see Ezek 33:11; Jonah 3:10). This truth does not mean that all will be saved. All those who reject God’s grace and salvation will sadly be lost eternally.
3:11 “in holy conduct and godliness.” Because God will soon destroy the world and judge the unrighteous, we must not become attached to this world’s system or things within it. Our values, goals and purposes in life must be centered upon God and the hope of a new heaven and a new earth (v. 13).
3:12 “hastening the coming.” The church can help shorten the time before Christ’s return by (1) committing themselves to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit to the whole world (v. 9; Mat 24:14), and (2) eagerly desiring His return by praying, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20; cf. Mat 6:10).
3:13 “look for new heavens.” See Heb 11:10.
“For he looked for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb 11:10)
“He looked for a city.” Abraham knew that the earthly land of promise was not the end of his pilgrimage. Rather, it pointed beyond to the heavenly city that God had prepared for His faithful servants.
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