2 Peter 3:3

Monday, 17 February 2020

…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 2 Peter 3:3

Peter said in verse 3:1 that he wanted to stir up the mind of his readers so that they would be aware of what was spoken. This was important so that they wouldn’t wind up on a wrong path, as he now explains by saying, “knowing this first.” This is a phrase also spoken in 2 Peter 1:20. It highlights the importance of what he will next say, calling them to pay heed. From there, he says, “that scoffers will come in the last days.”

The term “last days” isn’t some point where the Christian’s of the world will suddenly realize things have gone from bad to worse. Nor are they a time by which we can say, “See the world has become just like the Bible predicted.”

The context of what the apostles mean for the last days is from the ascension of Christ until the time when He comes for His people – it is of indeterminate length. It reveals people who fit the biblical description of “scoffer” throughout its duration. One will not on a certain day in church history pick up the morning paper and come to the conclusion that things have gotten so bad that we must be in the last days. But this is what many people do.

In particular, 2 Peter 3 and 2 Timothy 3 are used to justify such a stand. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 reads –

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

It seems as if this is a set point in time that suddenly calls out, “These are the last days.” But the same term is used elsewhere by the apostles, showing clearly that it is a term which speaks of the entire duration of the church age, such as in 1 Peter 1:20 and Hebrews 1:2. The phrase is also used in a passage parallel to Peter’s words now in Jude 1:18.

With this understood, that the things he will describe in the coming verses speaks of an extended period of time, he now finishes this verse with, “walking according to their own lusts.” The word “walking” signifies the conduct of one’s life. One can walk in peace with others, one can walk in harmony with God’s word, etc. The people Peter is warning against are walking in a way which pursues the carnal nature of man. They may be pursuing greed, sexual sin, sports cars, power and control over others, or some other fleshly pursuit.

Life application: If you consider the verses Peter is writing out now, and then compare them against the backdrop of history, you will see that it reflects the heart attitude of people throughout all ages. Likewise, men have been walking according to their own lusts since the time of Adam.

Know then and understand that we have been living in the “last days” since Jesus left. It is our business to be about His business. The world around us needs the knowledge of Jesus, not unsubstantiated predictions about why the world has finally arrived at “the last days.” There are other ways of discerning the timing of prophetic events from the Bible which are revealed in proper context.

Heavenly Father, give us wisdom and prudence as we walk before You, knowing that just as Christ Jesus ascended to heaven, so He will return again to earth. May we be found productively going about His business when He returns rather than sitting idly by waiting for a day which is unknown to us. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “2 Peter 3:3

  • Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 7:46 am
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    amen no retirement in GODS army . thank you love and prayers

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  • Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 9:13 am
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    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

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  • Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 9:41 am
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    Ok just a little bit of confusion here for me. I am on board with the last days starting at the ascension. And yes the likes of those described in ll Timothy 3; have been with us all this time but if we do as we are told to do and watch for the last days signs then how can we not point to verses like ll Timothy 3 with confidence that these are the last of last days and not just generalize them over 2,000 years. these people are coming out of the pits of hell now, infesting the earth with their evil as never before! All the last days signs are exploding off the pages of the Bible daily right in our face! Again as never before in 2,000 years. How can we not tell people these are the last of last days. We need to use every tool in our possession to wake them up and that to me includes scaring the hell out of them with biblical truth.i don’t think we can play down these last of last days and just say they have been here for 2,000 years any more. I hope this sort of makes sense.

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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    • Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at 11:42 am
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      Gordon, no doubt things will continue to grow worse, but at what point do we say, “We are there.”? The reason I say this is that in the 70s, people really thought we were at the end of the morality train. In the early 2000s, I could not have imagined it could get worse. Five years or so ago when we started the weekly update, I could not have imagined that we would be talking about what we are talking about in this week’s update. How long can it go on? Maybe we have just started the final descent. Maybe we have years to go. All we have is the present referent to go by. So, just keep looking to the Lord through whatever state we are in. This world, no matter how bad it will get, cannot rob Christ from. us.

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  • Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 10:13 am
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    You make sense, and Charlie is helping us to see a different facet of the same argument. I love your zeal brother, we are on the winning side, we have the mind of Christ!

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