2 Peter 3
2 Peter 3:3, 4
They insinuate that there is no God, or that if there be he takes no interest in the affairs of men, or else surely he would have come to judge his enemies long ere this.
2 Peter 3:5, 6
They wilfully forget that there was one grand interposition of vengeance, and therefore it is not altogether true that the machinery of nature has from time immemorial moved on regardless of human sin. Once by water has the world been destroyed, and by another element it shall soon be overwhelmed.
2 Peter 3:7-9
He waits that men may wait on him. He gives the race space to repent; but, alas, it abuses his longsuffering!
2 Peter 3:14-16
Good doctrine can be twisted to bad purposes. This is not the fault of the doctrine, but of the foolish or wicked minds which pervert it. We must not neglect the study of those great truths which Paul treats of for it is the ignorant who wrest them, and therefore we should not be of the number. If we are well acquainted with the deep things of God we shall, by God’s grace, be all the less likely to abuse them.
Jesus, thy church with longing eyes,
For thy expected coming waits;
When will the promised light arise,
And glory beam from Zion’s gates?
Yes, thou wilt speedily appear;
The smitten earth already reels;
And, not far off, we seem to hear
The thunder of thy chariot wheels.
Teach us, in watchfulness and prayer,
To wait for the appointed hour,
And fit us by thy grace to share
The triumphs of thy conquering power.