2 Peter 3 contains Peter’s last words to his readers. We can gain much instruction if we peer into his admonition. He highlighted God’s longsuffering. It is a part of His nature that He invites us to share with Him. Longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit. We bear it when we submit to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to control our lives.
2 Peter 3:15 says, “And consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you.” God’s longsuffering takes on many characteristics. Here is one of them ~ salvation. Verse 14 started out with a word that causes us to go back to the previous verses.
It says, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things…” What things? We need to go back and pick up what he was saying in verses 9-13. Verse 9 clearly highlights another aspect of God’s longsuffering. It says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
The words us, any, and all are all inclusive words. The Lord has no desire that anyone should perish. That is why Jesus died on the cross for ALL. All means that there is no exception. You think of the worst person in history. Jesus died for that one also. No one is excluded from God’s love.
Verses 10-12 are chilling verses. They make us sit up and take notice. Verse 10 says that the heavens will pass away. The elements will melt with fervent heat: both the earth and all the works in it will be burned up. Everything will be cremated. Verse 11 says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.”
The foundation of the earth will remain but nothing else. Psalm 104:5 says, “You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever.” The Lord gave John a revelation. Revelation 21:1-2 says, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Back to 2 Peter 3:14. The verse continued, “…be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.” The Amplified says, “…in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts).” Diligence is an essential character quality needed for heart integrity.
Homework assignment. Several years ago, I had fallen asleep on a hot July afternoon with all the shades pulled. I was awakened by a heavy pounding on my front door. My back field was on fire. A passerby had seen it. He told me to go warn my neighbors. After all was said and done, I sat down and wrote a letter to my friend. They were my last words should I have died. I encourage you to do the same. Write to those in your life that you want to impart essential truths to, that you have gained from your own journey.