A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“The Day Of The Lord”, 2Peter 3:1) This second epistle (letter), 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, 1Timothy 4:1; 2Timothy 3:1. 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: Genesis 7:11. 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. Matthew 25:41. 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. Psalm 90:4. 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. 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. Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:39. 11) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all Holy conversation and godliness, 12) 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 fervent heat: Isaiah 34:4, Micah 1:4. 13) Nevertheless we, according to His Promise, look for new Heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15) 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; Romans 2:4; 1Peter 3:20. 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. 17) 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 stedfastness. Ephesians 4:14. 18) 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.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, 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, because they see no changes, therefore they fear not God, Psalm 55:19. v5-10, 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 and equal terrible judgment. The Heavens and the earth which now are, by the same Word, will be destroyed by fire. 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. What men count slackness, is long-suffering, it is giving more time to His own people, to advance in knowledge and Holiness and in the exercise of faith and patience; to abound in good works, that they may bring Glory to God. The stately palaces, and all the desirable things wherein worldly-minded men seek and place their happiness, shall be burned up, and must pass a consuming fire to the works of God’s Hand. v11-18, From the doctrine of Christ’s second coming, we are exhorted to purity and godliness. He is faithful, who has promised. So that we may avoid being led away, we must seek to grow in all grace, in faith, and virtue and knowledge and labour to know Christ more clearly. To know Him is to be more like Him.
More to come and God Bless You.