2 Peter 3



2 Peter 3 addresses the apparent delay in the fulfillment of Christ's return, emphasizing God's patience, the certainty of the day of the Lord, and the hope of new heavens and earth. Peter encourages believers to live holy lives and grow in their faith while remaining vigilant for the coming day of judgment and renewal.


  1. The Reminder of God's Word (2 Peter 3:1-2): Peter begins by reminding the readers of the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets and the commandments given by the apostles. He emphasizes the importance of remembering the words spoken by the holy prophets and the commandments of the apostles.
  2. Mockers and the Day of the Lord (2 Peter 3:3-7): Peter addresses the skepticism of mockers who question the promise of Christ's return. He reminds them that, just as God created the world by His word, He will also judge the world by fire. The apparent delay in the fulfillment of the promise is due to God's patience, not a lack of fulfillment.
  3. The Lord's Delay is a Sign of Patience (2 Peter 3:8-10): Peter explains that the perceived delay in the return of Christ is a result of God's patience, as He desires all to come to repentance. However, the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief, bringing judgment and the destruction of the present heavens and earth.
  4. A New Heaven and Earth (2 Peter 3:11-13): Knowing that the present heavens and earth will be dissolved, Peter encourages believers to live holy and godly lives, looking forward to the new heavens and new earth where righteousness dwells.
  5. Final Exhortation and Doxology (2 Peter 3:14-18): Peter concludes the letter with an exhortation for believers to be diligent in their faith, to be found at peace, and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He warns against being led astray by the error of lawless people and encourages steadfastness.