2 Peter 3:8-13 - Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Bible Comments

Moreover the Lord is not really slow to fulfil His promise; He does not reckon time as men reckon. His seeming slowness is not the manifestation of His impotence, but of His long-suffering love (cf. 2 Peter 3:15). His purpose is that time for repentance should be given to all; when the end comes it will be sudden, and there will be no time for repentance then. The fact that all material things will pass away constitutes a call to holy living (we can see here, per contra, the connexion between the libertinism of the false teachers and their disbelief in the Parousia), especially since we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein righteousness dwelleth (cf. Isaiah 65:17, Enoch 91: 16).

2 Peter 3:12. earnestly desiring the coming: render, hastening (mg.) the coming, i.e. by repentance; for the belief that men's repentance was the essential condition of the Parousia cf. Acts 3:19 f., Repent, therefore. that he may send the Christ.

2 Peter 3:8-13

8 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.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10 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 noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12 Looking for and hastinga 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?

13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.