Peter gives a three-point sermon in this chapter: I want to stimulate you to wholesome thinking, so recall these points from the Scriptures: Scoffers, The Lord’s Patience, The Motivation To Holy and Godly Lives. What should you apply today?
“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
Here is the big picture for us, God’s people!
We don’t just have a little hope, maybe getting a house or a degree or to find someone to share our 70 years with (because these hopes are limited and finite in and of themselves).
We have this GREAT and MIGHTY hope, the promise of God Himself.
New Heavens and a new Earth.
But not just made over like with the flood. See how Peter layers over this, pointing us to the finality of what will happen to these current heavens and earth. Burned up, dissolved.
This is completely new.
And His promise is that this will be where righteousness dwells.
In Revelation 21 we read, “And I heard a louse voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.'”
God is righteousness! He will dwell with us! Hallelujah, what a promise we have!
* Gracious Father,
Thank You for this wonderful steady sure, great and mighty hope that we have in You.
For new heavens and a new earth.
Please remind us of this Lord God, when the day is long, when the shadows weigh in on us, when life and hard and lonely and we feel lost.
For what a hope this is.
Thank You Lord God.