SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In the past God destroyed the world with water, but in the future God will destroy the world with fire. Then will come a new heaven and a new earth, which Peter calls “the home of righteousness.” Peter says this is in keeping with promises God has already made. For example, see Isaiah 66:22-23.
- We sometimes wonder where God's justice is, or why people don't get what they deserve for their wickedness. Peter explains that God is patient because he doesn't want people to perish, but instead wants everyone to repent (i.e., change direction).
- In verses 15-16 Peter mentions Paul and his writing. Paul wrote a lot of the New Testament. We'll be reading some of the letters he wrote in the near future. The fact that Peter mentions Paul is confirmation that they were contemporaries and were writing at the same time.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- If this life was all there is, it might make sense to live for the moment and have an "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die" attitude. But since this world is going to end (and could at any moment) and since there is eternal life next, we should live "holy and godly lives" (verse 11).
- We need to be careful to avoid being led astray (verse 17) and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- If someone could watch you every moment for a week, where would they see a lack of holiness and godliness? What plan could you implement to start having holiness and godliness in those areas where it is currently lacking? How might growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus fit into that plan? How might a few supportive friends fit into that plan? And, finally, why not actually do it? This life is not all there is -- you are supposed to be preparing for eternity in the home of righteousness, so don't live (and end) your life with regrets!