Read 2 Peter 3 at Bible Gateway.
2 Pet 3:1-18a chiastic structure
1a) 2 Pet 3:1-2, Be mindful of the words of the prophets + apostles;
1b) 2 Pet 3:3-7, Scoffers willfully forget the judgment of water which came upon the ungodly;
1c) 2 Pet 3:8-9, The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, not willing that any should perish;
1d) 2 Pet 3:10a, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
1e) 2 Pet 3:10b-11a, In which the elements will melt with fervent heat/ all things will be dissolved;
central axis) 2 Pet 3:11b-12a, What manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God;
2e) 2 Pet 3:12b-13, The heavens will be dissolved/ the elements will melt with fervent heat;
2d) 2 Pet 3:14, Therefore be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
2c) 2 Pet 3:15a, And consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation;
2b) 2 Pet 3:15b-17, The untaught + unstable twist the Scriptures to their own destruction;
2a) 2 Pet 3:18a, But grow in the grace + knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Since judgment is coming, don’t be like the scoffers who deny it will come. For every natural history museum in the world is crying out its testimony that millions of animals were buried in thick sediment laid down by water all over the earth, even to the tops of the mountains, and on every continent, even to the polar caps (Gen 6-9). Don’t be like the untaught and unstable who twist the plain meaning of Scripture to their own destruction. For since the judgment of fire is coming upon the earth, on a day and a hour of which you know not, therefore be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless, in holy conduct and godliness, being mindful of the words of the prophets and apostles (all the words of both Old and New Testaments), by which you may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ♥
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