Mocking in the Last Days
Verse 1 – Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
Verse 2 – that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
Presumable the previous letter was 1 Peter, reminding his readers not to forget his teachings they had received through the prophets and apostles.
Verse 3 – knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
Verse 4 – and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
“The last days” is the time between Christ’s first and second coming. Scoffers and mockers are more than someone just making fun of a Christian believing that Christ will return. It’s stronger than that. These are people that live their lives never giving any thought to Christ or that one day they will answer for all they have done in this life. It is also those who are determined to discredit and disgrace anyone that is a Christian that might get in their paths. They have no idea what the prophets or the apostles said about what will happen when He returns.
Verse 5 – For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
Verse 6 – by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
To those who think this world will always continue are ignorant of the fact that the earth was once destroyed by water, by the Word of God!
Verse 7 – But the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Meaning: Dependent solely on the will of God! The laws of nature have no stability independent of His will, and at His pleasure all things could be reduced to nothing.
The first time the earth was destroyed, was by water. The second time will be by fire. (Fire purifies) When the earth was destroyed by water, it was because of the wickedness of the inhabitants. the same reason will be at the second destruction, the wicked will be destroyed.
Verse 8 – But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
What seems to be a long time to us is but a brief time to God. In the infinity of His own duration there is abundant time to accomplish His designs, and it can make no difference with Him whether they are accomplished in one day or extended to one thousand years. God is outside of time.
Verse 9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Aren’t you glad that the Lord waited on you to come to Him? I sure am!
Verse 10 – But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
God’s patience toward sinners is not inexhaustible. The Day of the Lord will be sudden and will catch many people unprepared, as when a burglar sneaks in and robs a house. Matthew 24:42 – “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
Verse 11 – Therefore, since all things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
Verse 12 – looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
Verse 13 – Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Not knowing when this will occur, we should live in the expectation that it could be any moment. Should that alone not cause us to live holy lives? Think of it this way: What do you want to be caught doing when Christ returns?
Verse 14 – Therefore, beloved, looking to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot or blameless;
Verse 15 – and account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation – as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
Verse 16 – as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
Without proper learning abilities, some that don’t understand Scripture, tend to pervert it. The way to remove error is not to perpetuate ignorance, it is to enlighten the mind, so that it may be qualified to appreciate the truth.
Verse 17 – You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
Verse 18 – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Chris. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
The best step in refuting false teachers and false doctrine is to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. No matter where we are in our spiritual growth, the sinful world will always challenge us in our faith.