3:1 This 1 second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
(1) The remedy against those wicked enemies, both
of true doctrine and holiness, is to be sought for by the continual meditation
of the writings of the prophets and apostles.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days a
scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
(2) He vouches the second coming of Christ
against the Epicureans by name.
(a) Monstrous men, who will seem wise by their
contempt of God, and wicked boldness.
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.
(3) The reason that these mockers pretend that
the course of nature is as it was from the beginning, therefore the world was
from everlasting, and shall be forever.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens
were of old, and the b earth standing
out of the water and in the water:
(4) He sets against them the creation of heaven
and earth by the word of God, which these men are willingly ignorant of.
(b) Which appeared, when the waters were gathered
together into one place.
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with c
(5) Secondly he sets against them the universal
flood, which was the destruction of the whole world.
(c) For the waters returning into their former
place, this world, that is to say, this beauty of the earth which we see, and
all living creatures which live upon the earth, perished.
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
(6) Thirdly, he pronounces that it will not be
harder for God to burn heaven and earth with fire, in that day which is
appointed for the destruction of the wicked (which he will also do) than it
was for him in times past to create them only with his word, and afterward to
overwhelm them with water.
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.
(7) The taking away of an objection: in that he
seems to desire this judgment for a long time, in respect of us it is true,
but not before God, which whom there is no time either long or short.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; 9
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance.
(8) The Lord will surely come, because he has
promised: and neither sooner nor later than he has promised. (9)
A reason why the last day does not come too soon, because God patiently waits
until all the elect are brought to repentance, that none of them may perish.
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 d
noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up.
(10) A very short description of the last
destruction of the world, but in such sort as nothing could be spoken more
(d) With the violence of a storm.
[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of
persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness,
(11) An exhortation to purity of life, setting
before us that horrible judgment of God, both to bridle our wantonness, and
also to comfort us, so that we are found watching and ready to meet him at his
3:12 Looking for and e
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?
(e) He requires patience from us, yet such
patience as is not slothful.
3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth, f
wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(f) In which heavens.
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look
for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in g
peace, without spot, and blameless.
(g) that you may try to your benefit, how gently
and profitable he is.
3:15 And account [that] the longsuffering of
our Lord [is] salvation; 12 even as our
beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written
(12) Paul's epistles are allowed by the express
testimony of Peter.
3:16 As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in
them of these things; 13 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.
(13) There are some things that are obscure and
dark which the ignorant use to overthrow men who are not established,
wrestling the testimony of the scripture for their own destruction. But this
is the remedy against such deceit, to labour that we may daily more and more
grow up and increase in the knowledge of Christ.