faithfulness of God in all He has promised and revealed concerning His
will and the effect that it should have on all who love His appearing.
This is contrasted with the contempt of the scoffers.
AIM: That we
should give thanks for the longsuffering of God and rejoice with Him
that the day of the Lord will certainly come in accordance with the
anticipation He has enabled in us.
concern that the Lord’s people always be in a way of remembrance
continues to the end of this epistle and he reiterates encouraging
revelations from the scriptures.
1. He specifically called their
(our) attention to the words of those inspired of God to write the truth
as it is in Christ our Lord and included both prophets and apostles.
2. Certainly, the second coming of Christ creates a lot of excitement
and sensationalism among many who engage in speculative approaches to
3. We, who love the Lord, have a vested interest in
His future operations in that we have an identity with Him, but we would
confine our definitions to the expressions of His will, future events
and the realizations of His promise as it is expressed in Scripture –
not in the systems of men.
The Lord does not lay aside His essential character of kindness and
longsuffering towards men as He executes the matters of His sovereign
grace. The longsuffering of God, while specifically directed in the
interest of the elect, provides ample space for the repentance of all.
It is His grace that assures the salvation of His people and the
freewill of the rest that determines their damnation in the end.
I. The Scoffers and what they miss (vv. 1-7)
1. Peter’s first order
of business is to shore up the minds of his people against the onslaught
of blasphemous scoffing that had already begun and of which the Lord had
1) They were directed to the Word of God both Old Testament
and New Testament
2) And that our focus is to Our Lord and Savior.
3) So, the certainty of their coming is in keeping with the opposition
of Satan historically displayed. (v. 3)
2. The seeds of doubt and the
reason of them.
1) Any approach they have is in the context of their
own lusts; that is, they place themselves at the center of all they
believe and do and reject anything that threatens their idea of
2) They think themselves to be on solid ground by
pointing to elapsed time with no perceptible changes.
3) They proceed
in the worst kind of ignorance (willful) to reject all that is revealed
pertaining to what is to come.
i. Here Peter refers to creation – the
original creation was all under water and the land was made to appear by
the Word of God.
ii. That it was the Lord that brought the flood
after an extended period of time upon unbelievers and scoffers such as
we now have.
3. The sureness of the Word is seen in
1) The heavens
and the earth as we see them are kept that way by the same Word and
2) At the appointed time, in accordance with that Word, that for which
they are kept shall come to pass – the judgment of ungodly men!
II. The purpose of God toward the beloved (vv. 8-9)
1. We are made
aware of the eternal existence of God in that He does not measure time
as we, but comprehends them all as if they have already occurred.
Thinking in that way we may think that only a few days have passed since
the writing of these things and it will all seem that way to us in the
2) This, again, points us to the greatness of our God and the
vastness of His influence and the capabilities that we cannot see.
There is no slackness or delay with God and especially regarding His
1) What He has promised is essential to His purpose in
every way and
2) The timeliness of those things is as critical as the
promise itself. This we witness often in the Word (For yet a little
while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Hebrews
3. It is with the above in mind that we understand the
“Longsuffering of the Lord.”
1) I am personally grateful that the
Lord did not come before 1963 or I would have been lost.
2) The delay
of the Lord is not that at all, but the time appointed for the carrying
out of His purpose.
3) Remember here: All that the Father giveth me
shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:37. And:
4) And other sheep I have, which are not of this
fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there
shall be one fold, and one shepherd. John 10:16.
4. The last phrase
of this passage is in harmony with what Has gone before. Thus, we must
1) The “usward” here is referring to the “you” of verses 1 & 2
and the “beloved” of verse 8.
2) It may or may not address the fact
that the space for repentance is given to all and it is not the Lord’s
will that they perish (Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I
have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn
from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why
will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:11).
3) It is assurance to
those who love Him and condemnation to the scoffers.
III. The Day
of the Lord and us (vv. 10-13)
1. It will come and it will be
2. It will be devastating beyond anything that we might
3. A total conflagration is herein assured!
knowledge is reflected in the lives and demeanor of the Lord’s people
5. The Lord’s people look for and desire it in that they see the glory
of God and the vindication of all things He has done and the
consummation and final victory of Christ our Lord.
6. We then are
bound look to Him in whom all the promises of God are yea and Amen!
7. And rejoice that our eternity shall be in a place of pure
righteousness – New Heavens and New Earth.