2 Peter 3:11-18
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,…
I. THE PRIVILEGE AND DUTY ENJOINED. Christians should live and walk as on the borders of eternity, dying daily. This "looking for" the coming of Christ is similar to that of the watchman who waits with earnest solicitude for the dawn of day. It is the look of desire, not of regret; of hope, not of fear; and hence it is added, "hasting to" the coming of the day of God. The Christian ought to do this in two ways —
1. In desire. As he approaches the heavenly country he ought to breathe more of its atmosphere; to become more and more engrossed with those foretastes which faith gives him of its blessedness.
2. In preparation.
II. THE MEANS BY WHICH WE MAY ATTAIN TO THE EXERCISE OF THIS DUTY AND THE ENJOYMENT OF THIS PRIVILEGE.
III. THE BLESSED CONSEQUENCES WHICH WOULD RESULT FROM OUR HABITUALLY LOOKING FOR AND HASTENING UNTO THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD.
1. It would make us watchful and circumspect.
2. It would support us under the trials of life.
3. It would make us bold in our Master's cause.
4. It would lead us to form proper notions of worldly things.
5. It would cause our light to shine brighter amongst men.
(W. C. Wilson, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,