God’s Promise Is Not Slack
1Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which #2 Pet. 1:13I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2that you may be mindful of the words #2 Pet. 1:21which were spoken before by the holy prophets, #Jude 17and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, #2 Pet. 2:10walking according to their own lusts, 4and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of #Gen. 6:1–7creation.” 5For this they willfully forget: that #Gen. 1:6, 9; Heb. 11:3by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth #Ps. 24:2; 136:6standing out of water and in the water, 6#Gen. 7:11, 12, 21–23; Matt. 24:37–39; Luke 17:26, 27; 2 Pet. 2:5by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7But #2 Pet. 3:10, 12the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for #Matt. 25:41; (2 Thess. 1:8)fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and #Ps. 90:4a thousand years as one day. 9#Hab. 2:3; Rom. 13:11; Heb. 10:37The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but #Ps. 86:15; Is. 30:18is longsuffering toward us, #Ezek. 33:11not willing that any should perish but #Matt. 20:28; (Rom. 2:4)that all should come to repentance.
The Day of the Lord
10But #Matt. 24:42, 43; Luke 12:39; 1 Thess. 5:2; Rev. 3:3; 16:15the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which #Gen. 1:6–8; Ps. 102:25, 26; Is. 51:6; Rev. 20:11the 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 #1 Pet. 1:15in holy conduct and godliness, 12#1 Cor. 1:7, 8; Titus 2:13–15looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will #Ps. 50:3be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will #Is. 24:19; 34:4; Mic. 1:4melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for #Is. 65:17; 66:22new heavens and a #(Rom. 8:21); Rev. 21:1new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent #1 Cor. 1:8; 15:58; (1 Thess. 3:12, 13; 5:23)to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15and consider that #Ps. 86:15; Rom. 2:4; 1 Pet. 3:20the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16as also in all his #Rom. 8:19; 1 Cor. 15:24; 1 Thess. 4:15; 2 Thess. 1:10epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the #2 Tim. 3:16rest of the Scriptures.
17You therefore, beloved, #Mark 13:23since you know this beforehand, #Eph. 4:14beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18#Eph. 4:15but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
#Rom. 11:36; 2 Tim. 4:18; Rev. 1:6To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.