2 Peter 3:11-12 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” NASB
I recommend reading vv. 1-18 in the Amplified. I believe it will be beneficial for your understanding of what Peter was conveying regarding the lives of believers. There is no doubt that Christians or Believers where the targets of Peter’s writing here. He was speaking to believers who were being tempted to turn aside and return to their life of sin. The world was tugging at their hearts. He urges them to ‘stir up’ their sincere minds and remember the predictions of the Holy Prophets of God and the Commandments of Jesus Himself.
Peter calls upon them to be aware that scoffers (mockers) will come in the Last Days. These will be carnal, self-willed people who attempt to mix obedience to God with the lusts of the flesh. Having both the presence of God and the pleasures of sin. These would be those who question the things of God and the messengers of God.
These scoffers or mockers will be those who deny that God is the Creator. They will assume that due to the seeming delay of the Lord’s Return and God’s Judgment that there will be no return or judgment. They will forget and seek to persuade others to ignore the long-suffering nature of God and His incredible patience with mankind. They forget that God’s delay may well be out of His desire that all will be saved and that none will be lost.
Peter urges those hearing and reading to remember the Predictions of Scripture, that the LORD will come quickly. He reminds them and us that all we see will one day become ashes and only the treasures laid up in heaven will survive the purging. In light of this, he urges them to examine themselves and ask, “What are you? Why are you what you are? What kind of person should you be?”
The Greek for “what manner of persons” literally means, “of what country.” This illustrates the great truth that God’s people are citizens of the commonwealth of Heaven. We are strangers and pilgrims here on earth. This home is temporary whereas that home is eternal. The word “to be” is emphatic and denotes continuous being. Therefore, the question is, “What manner of people should you continually be?”
I want to discuss three types of people that we should seek to become and then be. These three cannot be separated or compartmentalized but are progressions and extensions of the other. Respecting the brevity of space in a short devotional I will pause and hope your interest is challenged and you will join me in the next devotional as we begin discussing the Kind of People We Should Be!
God bless you as you enjoy today’s journey! Have a Great Day!