Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, [it is clear] what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness2 Peter 3:11(HCSB)
As the apostle Peter neared the end of his life he taught about the coming day of the Lord and warned the little flock of Christ that in the last days mocking men would ridicule the truth of Christ’s return demonstrating their ignorance of the God’s Word and their foolish assumptions that things are going to continue on ad-infinitum. God stepped into the pages of history many times to pronounce His judgement on a Christ rejecting sinful world – following an extended period of grace. … at creation, the flood, the tower of Babel… and also at the Cross.
Peter’s warning counsels us to hold the things of this world lightly, since all these things are to be destroyed in this way – i.e. via a day of judgment and the destruction of the ungodly men. OH, we are not appointed unto wrath, for God’s fury against sin in our lives was poured out on Christ, our substitute and Saviour, but one day God will say “enough” and everything in heaven and earth will be shaken and destroyed – everything that is not of Christ – everything that is connected with this fallen, ungodly world system. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, the apostle Peter warns us that to be clear what sort of people you should be - in holy conduct and godliness.
Peter exhorts us to purity and holiness – to holy behaviour and godly conduct. Our labour should not be in perfecting the things of this world which will one day all be destroyed but perfecting our relationship with our substitute and Saviour – to know Him more clearly – to love Him more dearly and to follow His more nearly, day by day.a
Loving Father, thank You that there is now no condemnation for me for I am in Christ. Help me to hold onto the things of this world lightly and to draw ever closer to You, day by day, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.