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2 Peter 3:11-12 – How Should We Live Now?


It seems as though the world is at the same time self-destructing and calling down the judgment of God. But for those who belong to Christ, these dismal surroundings are a summons not to passivity or despondency but to a lifestyle of eager expectancy and faithfulness.


The letter is full of ominous warnings. Given the grave concerns of the writer and his passionate commitment to sustain and affirm the teachings of the Apostle Peter, this is just what we would expect. But there is also a great deal of emphasis on the hope and purpose of living well, living wisely, and living circumspectly in the light of the great grace that has been received.

2 Peter 3:11-12

11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening* the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?

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