Some of the chapters of Peter have been incredibly uplifting and others have been difficult to hear, but this one is about the future, and what we can expect. Interesting. Let’s take a look at 2 Peter 3 and see what we can learn.
Firstly, verses 3 and 4 are very interesting. Peter warns us that in the last days, people will try and convince us that Jesus is not returning, they will scoff at us and ridicule us for believing in the second coming. Check. The other interesting verses are verses 5 and 6. Peter warns us that people will dispute creation, and they will not accept the fact of the flood. I don’t know if you know anything about evolution versus creationism, but the flood is a pivotal part. Evolutionists would love to disprove the flood. I don’t have to tell you that this is a hotbed of a topic right now, and that scientific research is only accepted (and funded) if it is pro-evolution. Having said that, I know at least one person who became a Christian because there was more scientific evidence to back up creationism than evolution. He repented when he discovered that. Why then do we have evolution stuffed down our throat as ‘fact’? The world is desperate to convince us that God doesn’t exist. Peter’s warning was spot on, take it seriously.
The next few verses are interesting. Peter goes on to equate a thousand years for us like a day to God. People sometimes use this to ‘justify’ creationism and evolution (God created us using evolution). As far as I am concerned, this is just because Christians believe what they hear (evolution), and don’t have the faith, or guts, to oppose it. Peter goes on to explain why he says this, he says it to show that God is not in a hurry. He is being patient. He is being patient to give us the most time to turn to Him. He wants us all to turn to Him. Now I’m not going to open up a debate between Calvinists and Arminians, I personally think that you’re both wrong, but that is not the issue here. The Bible clearly says that God wants us ALL to come to salvation, that is why He is taking His time sending Jesus back. Does this mean that God doesn’t always ‘get His way’? Read this article (Sovereignty of God) for more about this.
OK, so other that raise some questions that are undoubtedly going to end in a huge theological debate, what can we actually learn from this, what changes can we make in our lives? Well, let’s pick out some verses from the final passage of this book.
14 Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into his presence.17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on the truth.18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the honour both now and on that eternal day.
This is what Peter has told us to do. Now you see, so many people (myself included) will read this chapter and pull out all of the ‘contentious verses’. We like them, because we can use them to argue with fellow Christians over theology. Now, theology is important, but how we live our lives is more so. This is what we have been instructed to do in light of the current situation.
Take responsibility for your own spiritual walk, don’t just believe what people tell you. Live your life in peace and keep away from sin. Study the Word of God and put what you study into practice, stretching yourself all of the time. This is what we are called to do. Simple?
Thanks for joining me in looking through the books of Peter. What is next? Who knows, we’ll see what God leads me to do!