2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Repentance is the ability to receive the truth that sets us free. It’s a change of mind that causes us to see as God sees and think as God thinks. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin. Like faith, repentance is a response to God’s love and grace (Rom. 2:4).

See entry for Repentance.

2 Peter 3:11

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

What sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct. We are exhorted to be holy not because there is some holiness test we must pass, but because those in Christ are holy. In Christ you are as holy as you can be, so act like it. Be who you truly are.

2 Peter 3:14

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,

Be diligent to be found by him. Since Jesus makes us spotless and blameless, the call to be found by him in peace, spotless and blameless, is a call to quit trusting in your own performance. It’s Peter’s version of the call to “hasten to enter his rest” (Heb. 4:11) If you want to be spotless and blameless, run to the Lord.

2 Peter 3:17

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,

(a) Beloved; see entry for Rom. 1:7.

(b) Unprincipled or lawless men are those who distort the teachings of the Apostle Paul (see previous verse) perhaps by preaching grace as a license to sin. Heed a message promoting licentiousness, and you will be end up enslaved to sin.

(c) Fall from your own steadfastness. We need to be on guard against unstable teachers lest we become unstable ourselves.

Here’s your choice: Listen to ignorant an unprincipled teachers who are unacquainted with Paul’s gospel of grace, or feed on the gracious promises of God’s word. Doing the former will leave you anxious and insecure. Doing the latter will cause you to grow sure and steadfast in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.

Further reading: “Can you fall from your secure position?

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