2 Peter 3:14-18

14 1Therefore, 2beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be 3found by Him in peace, 4spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the 5patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also 6our beloved brother Paul, 7according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of 8these things, 9in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and 10unstable distort, as they do also 11the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, 12beloved, knowing this beforehand, 13be on your guard so * that you are not carried away by 14the error of 15unprincipled men and 16fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and 17knowledge of our 18Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 19To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

2 Peter 3:14-18 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 PETER 3

In this chapter the apostle makes mention of the end and design of his writing this second epistle; foretells that there would be scoffers at the coming of Christ in the last days; describes the coming of Christ and the burning of the world; and closes with the use saints should make of these things. The end of his writing both this and the former epistle was to put the persons he writes unto in mind of the doctrines and ordinances of the Gospel, delivered by the prophets and apostles, 2Pe 3:1,2; and then, agreeably to what the prophets had said, he predicts that there would be scoffers in the last day; who are described by their sinful course of life, and by their words, what they would say concerning the coming of Christ, and their reasoning about it, 2Pe 3:3,4; which arose from their ignorance of the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of the situation of them; and is refuted by showing that things have not remained as they were from the creation; that the earth standing in and out of the water, as it was capable of being overflowed with a flood, so it perished by one; and that the present heavens and earth are reserved and prepared for a general burning at the day of judgment, in which wicked men will be destroyed, 2Pe 3:5-7; but let these men scoff as they will, the length of time since the promise of Christ's coming was made should be no objection with the saints to the performance of it; since the longest term of time is nothing with God, however considerable it may be with men, 2Pe 3:8; besides, the reason of the coming of Christ being deferred, is not owing to any dilatoriness in the performance of the promise, but to the longsuffering of God towards his elect, being unwilling that anyone of them should be lost, but that all should be brought to repentance, 2Pe 3:9; but as for the coming of Christ, that is certain, and will be sudden; at which time will be the general conflagration, which is described in a very awful manner, 2Pe 3:10-12; and the use to be made of such a tremendous dispensation by the saints is to live a holy and godly conversation, 2Pe 3:11; to be eagerly looking for the coming of Christ, 2Pe 3:12, and to expect, according to his promise, new heavens and a new earth, in which will dwell righteous persons, 2Pe 3:13; and to be diligent to be found in peace at that day, 2Pe 3:14; and to account the longsuffering of God salvation; and the whole of this account, and the use of it, is strengthened by the testimony of the Apostle Paul, of whom, and of his epistles, a character is given, 2Pe 3:15,16; and the epistle is concluded with some cautions and exhortations to the saints, to beware lest they should be carried away with the errors of wicked men, and so fall from any degree of steadfastness in the faith; and to be concerned for a growth in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, to whom glory is to be ascribed for ever and ever, 2Pe 3:17,18.

2 Peter 3:14-18 In-Context

12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Cross References 19

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Peter 1:10
  • 2. 2 Peter 3:1
  • 3. 1 Peter 1:7
  • 4. Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Timothy 6:14; James 1:27
  • 5. 2 Peter 3:9
  • 6. Acts 9:17; Acts 15:25; 2 Peter 3:2
  • 7. 1 Corinthians 3:10; Ephesians 3:3
  • 8. 2 Peter 3:14
  • 9. Hebrews 5:11
  • 10. 2 Peter 2:14
  • 11. 2 Peter 3:2
  • 12. 2 Peter 3:1
  • 13. 1 Corinthians 10:12
  • 14. 2 Peter 2:18
  • 15. 2 Peter 2:7
  • 16. Revelation 2:5
  • 17. 2 Peter 1:2
  • 18. 2 Peter 1:11; 2 Peter 2:20
  • 19. Romans 11:36; 2 Timothy 4:18; Revelation 1:6
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