2 Peter 3

The Judgment of the Untransformed Soul

Peter's Letters Remind (1-2)

The main goal of both Peter's letters was to remind (1) that they were to keep clearly in their minds the predictions of the prophets about the Lord and the commands of the Lord (2).

God's Judgments Come Slow but Sure (3-9)

Peter tells them those who mock the predictions and the promises of Scripture will be a common practice, and then he again picks up the theme of their nature, "following their own sinful desires" (3). He continues to note they will mock the promise of the Lord's coming (4). Those mockers ignore the fact that God created the world through His Word and fail to recognize His patience (5). They further ridicule the example of the flood and refuse to imagine there is a coming judgment (6).

They continue to ignore the present world is being prepared for fire, and that fire will mean destruction to those who have no interest in their nature’s being transformed into God’s likeness (7). Peter teaches them how the Lord views time (8) and promises them His slowness is really His patience in wanting to change as many minds and lives as possible (9).

God's Judgment Will Be Sudden and Revealing (10-13)

Peter takes a moment to describe from his vantage point the second coming when he says, "the heavens will pass away with a roar, heavenly bodies burned up and dissolved." Peter is not necessarily talking about the total and complete annihilation of the earth and our solar system. He could be talking about the veil between the heavens and earth being destroyed, thus eliminating any separation between the created world we can see and the one we can't. When the heavens are burned up, the heavenly bodies of demons may be completely destroyed (10). Then Peter poses the question, “If these things are to be destroyed, how should we live our lives?” (11-12)

Peter asserts, according to promise, what we are really waiting for—not the destruction of our planet nor our solar system, but the appearance of the new heaven and new earth. In this world, only righteousness will abide (13).

Peter's Final Warning Against Lust (14-18)

Peter appeals to his audience to be diligent and to remain in Christ without one spot or blemish of shame by a life devoted to lust (14). Further, they are not to be disillusioned by what seems like slowness in Christ to return, for God is patient.(15). Peter then affirms the truth of Paul's letters and warns them not to let those who can't understand them undermine their message (16). One last time, Peter appeals for them not to be carried away by teachers who are lawless and lustful, encouraging the same in them which would completely destabilize their lives (17). Instead, they are to grow in God's favor and in their intimacy with Christ (18).