2Peter 3:1-4 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
‘This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance’ the second epistle of Peter wherein he exhorts believers to stand true in all kinds of suffering, and to set forth the true grace of God (1Pet. 5:12). In this second epistle Peter foretells conditions of the latter days and shows more fully how the earth will be renovated by fire instead of by water as in the two great universal floods of Lucifer and Noah (3:1-13).
‘Holy prophets’ here Peter classes the writings of the apostles [New Testament authors] as equal in authority to the writings of the holy prophets [Old Testament authors].
‘Knowing this first, that here shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts’ this is the 5th New Testament prophecy in 2Peter that is being fulfilled. One of the signs of the last days that those who mock the Word of God [anyone contradicting, misquoting or disobeying God’s Word] will be living according to their lusts (whatever their sinful natures desire).
‘Where is the promise of his coming?’ one of the promises that mockers use to contradict the Word of God of His promise that He will return. The two comings of the Lord (the rapture and Second Advent) are some of the most practical and fruitful doctrines in Scripture. They are real incentives to holiness (1Jn. 3:1-3), profitable in exhorting to watchfulness and faithfulness (Matt. 24:25; 1Jn. 2:28), patience (Jas. 5:7,8), death to self (Col. 3:3-5), endurance (1Pet. 1:7; 4:13), holy conversation and godliness (2Pet. 3:11-13), soberness anal righteousness (Tit. 2:11-13), consolation (1Thess. 4:13-18), blamelessness (1Cor. 1:4-8), pastoral diligence and purity (1Pet. 5:1-4), sincerity (Php. 1:9, 10), mildness (Php. 4:5, 6), and hope (1Cor. 15). The rapture will be to the saints the beginning of eternal and ever-increasing joy and glory. The second coming will be to Israel and all righteous earthly nations the beginning of eternal and ever-increasing blessing and favour.