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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Peter 3:1-2

That the apostle might the better reach his end in writing this epistle, which is to make them steady and constant in a fiducial and practical remembrance of the doctrine of the gospel, he, 1. Expresses his special affection and tenderness for them, by calling them beloved, hereby evidencing that he added to godliness brotherly-kindness, as he had (2 Pet. 1:17) exhorted them to do. Ministers must be examples of love and affection, as well as life and conversation. 2. He evinces a sincere love... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Peter 3:1-2

3:1-2 Beloved, this is now the second letter that I have written to you, and my object in both of them is to rouse by reminder your pure mind to remember the words spoken by the prophets in former times, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour which was brought to you by your apostles. In this passage we see clearly displayed the principles of preaching which Peter observed. (i) He believed in the value of repetition. He knows that it is necessary for a thing to be said over and over... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Peter 3:2

That ye may be mindful ,.... This is an explanation of the above mentioned end of his writing this and the other epistle; which was, that those saints might be mindful of two things more especially: of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets ; that is, the prophets of the Old Testament, who were holy men of God, and therefore their words are to be regarded, and retained in memory; the Gospel itself was spoken by them, and so was Christ, and the things relating to his... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Peter 3:2

Verse 2 2.That ye may be mindful. By these words he intimates that we have enough in the writings of the prophets, and in the gospel, to stir us up, provided we be as diligent as it behoves us, in meditating on them; and that our minds sometimes contract a rust, or become bedimmed through darkness, is owing to our sloth. That God may then continually shine upon us, we must devote ourselves to that study: let our faith at the same time acquiesce in witnesses so certain and credible. For when we... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 3:1-9

The Divine commandment. A careful study of this passage is necessary to a clear understanding of the apostle's meaning, and of the place of this urgent exhortation in his argument. For such a study it may be welt to gather up his teaching here round three points. I. THE " WORD " OR " COMMANDMENT " HERE INTENDED . Concerning such we ask: 1 . By whom is it proclaimed? 2 . How is it to be received? 3 . What is it? The theme of both Epistles—Christ's coming. II. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 3:1-10

The certainty of the Lord's coming. I. CONFUTATION OF SCOFFERS . 1 . St. Peter's purpose in writing, He took a deep interest in the spiritual welfare of the Christians of Asia Minor; he felt a great affection for them; he calls them "beloved" four times in this chapter. We do not know whether he had ever seen them face to face. It may be that Silvanus had made known to him their circumstances, their dangers, their temptations. So he writes to them. In the First Epistle he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 3:1-10

Fact of second coming, especially in its accompaniments. I. AIM OF THE EPISTLE . 1 . To stir them up by reminding them. "This is now, beloved, the second Epistle that I write unto you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by putting you in remembrance." There is here the first of four designations of them as beloved in this chapter. It was already a second Epistle that he was writing to the same circle; not much time had elapsed since the writing of the First... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 3:2

That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets. "That ye may be mindful" is represented by one word in the Greek ( μνησθῆναι ); compare the exact parallel in Luke 1:72 . Great stress is laid on the word of prophecy in both Epistles (see 1 Peter 1:10-12 and 2 Peter 1:19 ). And of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour; rather, as in the Revised Version, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour through your apostles. All the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Peter 3:2

That ye may be mindful of the words - Of the doctrines, the truths; the prophetic statements. Jude Jude 1:18 says that it had been foretold by the apostles, that in the last days there would be scoffers. Peter refers to the instructions of the apostles and prophets in general, though evidently designing that his remarks should bear particularly on the fact that there would be scoffers.Which were spoken before by the holy prophets - The predictions of the prophets before the advent of the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Peter 3:1-2

2 Peter 3:1-2. The doctrines and precepts delivered by the prophets and apostles, being the most effectual means of preserving the Christian converts from being seduced by the false teachers spoken of in the preceding chapter, the apostle begins this with informing the brethren that his design in writing both his epistles was to bring these doctrines and precepts to their remembrance. And as one of the greatest of these men’s errors was their denying the coming of Christ to judge the world,... read more

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