“Looking for and hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shalt melt with fervent heat” (2 Pet 3:12).
Peter shows us that the whole doctrine of the last days, known to theologians as eschatology, is not only a doctrine to be held, but a doctrine to hold us.
Will it affect us today?
“Wherefore beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Pet 3:14).
Peter reminds his readers of their anticipation. They look for a “new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness.” This anticipation separates them from the things of this world, all of which are going to be consumed by the fire. “Abraham looked for a city which has foundations” (Heb 11:10). Peter tells believers that this should be our constant attitude. This is the diligence of 2 Peter 3:14. Peter would have learned this from the words of the Lord in the parable: “Let your loins be girded and your lights burning and ye yourselves like unto men that wait … Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh shall find watching” (Luke 12:35-38) Their aspirations are to be for eternal things, not the things of the world. We need to ask ourselves if we are looking for HIS return and if we are loving His return. (2 Tim 4:8)