2 Peter 3
He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's coming to judgment, against those scorners who dispute against it:
2 Peter 3:1 This is the seconde epistle that I now write vnto you dearly beloued, wherwith I stere vp your syncere mynde, by putting you in remembraunce, 2 Peter 3:2 that ye maye be myndefull of the wordes (whych were tolde before of the holy Prophetes) and also the commaundement of vs whych be Apostles of the Lorde and sauyour 2 Peter 3:3 This fyrst vnderstande, that ther shall come in the last dayes, mockers whych wyll walke after their awne lustes, 2 Peter 3:4 & saye: Where is the promes of hys commyng? For sence the fathers dyed, all thynges continue in the same estate wherin they were at the beginninge. 2 Peter 3:5 For this they knowe not (and that wylfully) how that þe heauens a great whyle ago were, & the erth out of the water appeared vp thorow the water, by the word of God: 2 Peter 3:6 by the whych thynges the world that then was, peryshed beynge ouerrunne wyth water. 2 Peter 3:7 But the heauens and erth whych are now, be kept by hys worde in store, and reserued vnto fyre, agaynst the daye of iudgement & perdicion of vngodly men.
warning the godly, for the long patience of God, to hasten their repentance.
2 Peter 3:8 Dearly beloued, be not ignoraunt of this one thinge, howe that one daye is with the Lorde as a thousande yeare, & a thousande yeare as one daye. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord that hath promised, is not slacke, as some men count slacknes: but is pacyent to vs warde: for asmoch as he wolde haue no man lost, but wyll receaue all men to repentaunce.
He describeth also the manner how the world shall be destroyed:
2 Peter 3:10 Neuerthelesse the daye of the Lord wyll come as a thefe in the nyghte, in the which daye, the heauens shall passe awaye in maner of a tempest, and the elementes shal melt with heat: the erth also & the workes that are therin, shall burne.
exhorting them, from the expectation thereof, to all holiness of life:
2 Peter 3:11 Seyng then that all these thinges shal perishe, what maner persons ought ye to be in holy conuersacyon, and godlynes: 2 Peter 3:12 lokyng for, and hastinge vnto the commynge of the daye of God, by whom the heauens shall perisshe with fyre, & the elementes shall melt with heate? 2 Peter 3:13 Neuerthelesse, we (according to his promes) loke for a new heauen and a new earth, wherin dwelleth ryghtewesnes. 2 Peter 3:14 Wherfore dearly beloued, seynge that ye loke for such thinges, be diligent þt ye maye be founde of hym in peace, wythout spotte and vndefyled.
and again, to think the patience of God to tend to their salvation, as Paul wrote to them in his epistles.
2 Peter 3:15 And suppose that the longe sufferinge of the Lord is saluacyon, euen as oure derely beloued brother Paule also (accordinge to the wysdome geuen vnto him) hath wrytten vnto you, 2 Peter 3:16 ye, almoost in euery epistle, speakynge of such thinges: amonge which are many thinges harde to be vnderstande, which they that are vnlearned & vnstable, peruert, as they do also þe other scriptures vnto their awne destruccion. 2 Peter 3:17 Ye therfore beloued, (seynge ye be warned afore hand) beware, lest ye, wyth other men be also plucked awaye thorow the erroure of the wycked, and fall from your awne stedfastnes: 2 Peter 3:18 but growe in grace, & in the knowledge of oure Lorde and sauyoure Iesus Christ. To whom be glory both now and for euer. Amen.