2 Peter 3
Have you ever wondered: when will Christ return? That is a thought that I think every Christian who has read the Bible has thought at some point. We look with hope towards the second coming of Christ. There are others though who have given up believing or never have believed in God’s promises or the return of Christ. These are the mockers that Peter refers to in verses 3 & 4. We hear it today – everywhere people mocking the promises or even existence of God. But God is patiently waiting for people to recognize and honor Him. He is waiting for just the right time to fulfill all that he has promised regarding Christ’s return and the establishment of a new system under Christ’s rule and reign.
In the last half of chapter 3 the apostle Peter talks about the need for Christians to live righteously and soberly in view of the destruction of the wicked so as not to be destroyed along with them. He explains that our present heavens and earth will be destroyed in judgment – by fervent heat so hot it will destroy the elements. Everything will be destroyed – fire will consume water, soil, air, and even will consume itself by burning out. Environmentalists worst nightmares will come true at that point – the destruction of the earth by fervent heat. HOWEVER – this is to make way the apostle Peter tells us for the new heavens and new earth that will be made. This is a new heavens and earth where righteousness reigns. This means the new heavens and earth will be a place of peace, and happiness, where those who have hungered and thirsted after righteousness dwell. All those who have believed in the promises of God will be able to partake in this new heaven and earth.
I like to hike and have taken many hikes across the US and Canada. Each time I enjoy the beauty that God has created around me in this natural environment and his amazing creatures I see along the way. Although I enjoy the natural beauty of our current heavens and earth I am filled with anticipation of the new heavens and new earth that God has promised. What new natural beauty will be there. In our world today where unrighteousness and ungodliness seems to reign and wreak havoc in our lives won’t it be wonderful to inhabit a world where righteousness and godliness are the order of the day? I am looking forward to the new heavens and the new earth – while I still try to take good care of the one we currently live in and do my part to shine the light of Christ in the dark world – I can’t help but think to myself; how wonderful that God has made this awesome promise of a new heavens and earth to us!