As we come to 2 Peter 3:1-10, we finally discover a specific doctrine of the false teachers. They scoffed at the notion of Christ’s return, arguing that since the days of the patriarchs creation has continued along without any significant divine intervention in the world. In response Peter points to the cataclysmic judgment that God brought on the world through the flood. In a similar way he will bring judgment on this world, only this time through fire.
Peter encourages believers to remember that God’s timetable is not the same as ours. What seems like God’s slowness is in fact patience waiting for people to repent. But rest assured, Peter warns, the Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and along with it a fiery end to this present world.
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