2 Peter 3

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2 Peter 3

Comments 2 Peter 3
The reference to "pure minds" is about pure repentance because to repent is to change the mind by which through Peter's progression of faith you shall be "neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" but "he that lacketh" this progression from real faith will be "blind, and cannot see afar off" spoken of in 2 Peter.
Keep the Commandments
"scoffers,[1] walking after their own lusts"[2]
Mark of the Beast | Elements[3]
Divers lusts | Wantonness‎ |
Goats and Sheep
" being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness."
The elements of the corrupted world that were destroyed by water and now with a fervent heat are the same beggarly elements bring men back into bondage, entangled and subject to ordinances of of a corrupted world spoken of in Galatians and Colossians.
  • Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements <4747> of the world:
Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements <4747>, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
  • Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments <4747> of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments <4747> of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Peter speaks of his beloved brother Paul speaking of some things hard to be understood. That difficulty is because people lack knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye 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 Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 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 the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of,[4] that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant[4] of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Elements of the world

3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements[3] shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation[5] and godliness[6], 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements[3] shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Brother Paul

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent[7] that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot[8] and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned[9] and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Error of the Wicked

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked,[10] fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.


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Footnotes

  1. 1703 ~ἐμπαίκτης~ empaiktes \@emp-aheek-tace’\@ from 1702; TDNT-5:635,758; {See TDNT 580} n m AV-mockers 1, scoffers 1; 2
    1) a mocker, a scoffer
    • 2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers <1703>, walking after their own lusts,
    • Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers <1703> in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
  2. 1939 ~ἐπιθυμία~ epithumia \@ep-ee-thoo-mee’-ah\@ from 1937 epithumeo to turn upon a thing... to lust after, covet; n f AV-lust 31, concupiscence 3, desire 3, lust after 1; 38
    1) desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 4747 ~στοιχεῖον~ stoicheion \@stoy-khi’-on\@ from a presumed derivative of the base of 4748; TDNT-7:670,1087; {See TDNT 748} n n AV-element 4, rudiment 2, principle 1; 7
    1) any first thing, from which the others belonging to some seriesor composite whole take their rise, an element, first principal e.g. the elements, rudiments, primary and fundamental principles of any art, science, or discipline {#He 5:12}
    1a) the elements of religious training, or the cermonial precepts common alike to the worship of the Jews and of the Gentiles {#Ga 4:3,9}
    1b) the ceremonial requirements esp. of the Jewish tradition, minutely set forth by theophists and false teachers, and fortified by specious arguments {#Col 2:8,20}
    1c) the principles and practices of the old covanent world order {#2Pe 3:10,12}
  4. 4.0 4.1 2990 ~λανθάνω~ lanthano \@lan-than’-o\@ a prolonged form of a primitive verb, which is used only as an alt. in certain tenses; ; v AV-be hid 3, be ignorant of 2, unawares 1; 6
    1) to be hidden, to be hidden from one, secretly, unawares, without knowing
  5. 391 ~ἀναστροφή~ anastrophe \@an-as-trof-ay’\@ from 390; TDNT-7:715,1093; {See TDNT 752} n f AV-conversation 13; 13
    1) manner of life, conduct, behaviour, deportment
  6. 2150 ~εὐσέβεια~ eusebeia \@yoo-seb’-i-ah\@ from 2152; TDNT-7:175,1010; {See TDNT 705} n f AV-godliness 14, holiness 1; 15
    1) reverence, respect
    2) piety towards God, godliness See Religion
  7. 4704 ~σπουδάζω~ spoudazo \@spoo-dad’-zo\@ from 4710; TDNT-7:559,1069; {See TDNT 735} v AV-endeavour 3, do diligence 2, be diligent 2, give diligence 1, be forward 1, labour 1, study 1; 11
    1) to hasten, make haste
    2) to exert one’s self, endeavour, give diligence
  8. 784 ~ἄσπιλος~ aspilos \@as’-pee-los\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 4695; TDNT-1:502,85; {See TDNT 107} adj AV-without spot 3, unspotted 1; 4
    1) spotless
    2) metaph.
    2a) free from censure, irreproachable
    2b) free from vice, unsullied
  9. 261 ~ἀμαθής~ amathes \@am-ath-ace’\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and 3129; ; adj AV-unlearned 1 (2 Peter 3:16 ) ; 1 1) unlearned, ignorant
  10. 113 ~ἄθεσμος~ athesmos \@ath’-es-mos\@ from 1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of 5087 (in the sense of enacting); TDNT-1:167,25; {See TDNT 27} adj AV-wicked 2; 2
    1) one who breaks through the restraint of law and gratifies his lusts. Equated with the error of Balaam and the Nicolaitan.
    • 2 Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked <113>:
    • 2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked <113>, fall from your own stedfastness.