heavens—the upper and lower regions of the sky. While he is willing to wait as long as it shall please God for the advent of His Redeemer, yet to Him the brightest prospect in the future is that hour when he shall come to take him to Himself. And the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The same verb as in Luke 1:21, of waiting for Zacharias. —Or, But grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord—i.e., it may mean “the grace of our Lord” as well as “the knowledge of our Lord.” He looks forward to it as the period of his redemption, and would welcome, at any time, the return of his Lord and Saviour. Stronger than the word in 2 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 3:11. (Read 2 Peter 3:1-4) The purified minds of Christians are to be stirred up, that they may be active and lively in the work of holiness. Literal. ... 2 Peter 3 – Living Like a “Last Days Christian” ... (17-18) Conclusion. Compare the words of Peter, Acts 3:19 : "Repent and be converted," etc., "that so there may come seasons of refreshing" (so Rev., rightly); and the prayer," Thy kingdom come." Salmond quotes a rabbinical saying, "If thou keepest this precept thou hastenest the day of Messiah." Not only the resolving, but the wasting away of nature. The true Christian does not dread the coming of that day. David Guzik commentary on 2 Peter 3, where Peter emphasizes the certainty of the last days and God’s promise, and how to live in light of it. the day of God—God has given many myriads of days to men: one shall be the great "day of God" Himself. Rev., correctly, by reason of which. The coming of the day of God - Called "the day of God," because God will then be manifested in his power and glory. wherein—rather as Greek, "on account of (or owing to) which" day. the coming—Greek, "presence" of a person: usually, of the Saviour. Only here in New Testament. Wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved. This meaning is given in margin of Rev. This is the effect of real knowledge. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? There will be scoffers in the last days, under the gospel, men who make light of sin, and mock at salvation by Jesus Christ. 3:11-18 From the doctrine of Christ's second coming, we are exhorted to purity and godliness. 2 Peter 3:18, ESV: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. The state of mind which is indicated by the word is that when we are anxiously desirous that anything should occur, and when we would hasten or accelerate it if we could. And hasting unto the coming - Margin, as in Greek: ""hasting the coming."" It is doubly remarkable: (1) âcoming,â in the special sense indicated by the particular word used in the Greek, is elsewhere used of Christ Himself, not of the day; (2) âthe day of Godâ is a very unusual expression. Wherein.âRather, by reason of which, either âthe dayâ or âthe comingâ being meant. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. This is a repetition of what is said in 2 Peter 3:10, exciting attention to the exhortation given. Cornelius waited (Acts 10:24); the cripple expecting to receive something (Acts 3:5). 16) we have a somewhat similar passageââThe day of judgment cometh even now as a burning oven (Malachi 4:1), and [the powers] of the heavens shall melt, and all the earth as lead melting on the fire.â. (e) He requires patience from us, yet such patience as is not slothful. wherein; in which day, as in 2 Peter 3:10; or by which; by which coming of Christ, or of the day of God. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God. Wrong. Very exact and universal holiness is … The coming of the day of God.âA phrase which occurs here only. Shall melt.ââMeltâ is here correct, being quite a different word from that rendered âmeltâ in 2Peter 3:10, which is the same as that here translated âbe dissolved.â In the so-called Second Epistle of Clement (chap. I am inclined to adopt, with Alford, Huther, Salmond, and Trench, the transitive meaning, hastening on; i.e., "causing the day of the Lord to come more quickly by helping to fulfil those conditions without which it cannot come; that day being no day inexorably fixed, but one the arrival of which it is free to the church to hasten on by faith and by prayer" (Trench, on "The Authorized Version of the New Testament"). Wrong. grow — Not only do not “fall from” (2 Peter 3:17), but grow onward: the true secret of not going backward. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord. the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; at whose coming and presence, and from whose face the heavens and earth shall flee away, just as the earth shook, and the heavens dropped, and Sinai itself moved, when God appeared upon it; see Revelation 20:11. looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, when ye offer prayers for His speedy coming. Ephesians 4:15, “Grow up into Him, the Head, Christ.”. 2 Peter 3:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 2 Peter 3:12, NIV: "as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat." melt—Our igneous rocks show that they were once in a liquid state. Rev., earnestly desiring, for which there is authority. The Greek word rendered "hasting," (σπεύδω speudō,) means to urge on, to hasten; and then to hasten after anything, to await with eager desire. This is evidently the sense here - Wetstein and Robinson. See Matthew 24:14 : the gospel shall be preached in the whole world, "and then shall the end come." Amen." 2 Peter 3:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 2 Peter 3:18, NIV: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.To him be glory both now and forever!
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