The Day Of The Lord Will Come: An Exposition Of 2 Peter 3:1-18 -- By: Craig A. Blaising

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 169:676 (Oct 2012)
Article: The Day Of The Lord Will Come: An Exposition Of 2 Peter 3:1-18
Author: Craig A. Blaising

The Day Of The Lord Will Come:
An Exposition Of 2 Peter 3:1-18*

Craig A. Blaising

* This is the fourth article in a four-part series, “The Day of the Lord,” delivered as the W. H. Griffith Thomas Lectureship, March 29–April 1, 2011, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas.

Craig A. Blaising is Executive Vice President, Provost, and Professor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

A new television drama has recently been announced featuring a leading character who has perfect memory. What makes the program interesting, of course, is that no one has perfect memory. But the writers want you to be entertained at the prospect of how this ability might be useful in solving crimes and other mysteries.

Much more common are stories, whether comedies or tragedies, about the loss of memory. For who has not needed from time to time reminders whether simple or more serious?

The apostle Peter devoted an entire letter, in fact his second letter, to function as a reminder to the church. It was to be a reminder about the coming of the Lord and how believers are to live in light of that coming. Early in the letter he wrote, “Therefore, I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things” (1:12-15).1

Then Peter reminded them of how they had learned of the coming of the Lord and warned them of the problem of false teachers.

In the third chapter of his letter he returned to his intention in writing. “This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles” (3:1-2).

Peter wanted his readers to remember the teaching of the prophets about the coming of the Lord in the day of the Lord. And this is the focus of this fourth lecture in this series.

An Important Reminder

Peter explicitly directed the church to remember the words of the Old Testament prophets. Peter had been with the Lord on all of the occasions when the Lord spoke of His coming. He was with Him when the Lord...

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