A Question I Was Asked:

What is The Meaning of 2 Peter 3:3-7?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, here we go:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (2 Peter 3:3-7, NIV).

The main point here is this: people may scoff all they might but, just as the world of Noah's day was suddenly destroyed by a world-wide flood, so the present evil world will again be destroyed; this time not by water, but by fire. So it will happen once more as in Noah's day only this time the destroying agent will be fire! Scoffers cannot prevent this from happening. This is the main point of these verses.

We sometimes forget that our world is substantially water, "...the earth was formed out of water and by water." Plants, humans and animals too are substantially water; water covers the greater part of this earth, so it was easy for God to arrange a world-wide flood. In similar manner, it could be said that (although, perhaps, this Scripture does not exactly say this), fire is man's great unconquered enemy. Man can only fight fire with huge amounts of water, otherwise he has no defence against it. So just as the entire earth's surface was once cleansed with waters (against which no human defence was possible), the day will come when it will finally be conclusively cleansed with fire (against which no human defence is possible), after which no more sin will exist or remain upon this earth, only the resurrected saints of God.

Robin A. Brace. October 12th, 2013.