2 Peter 3:5–7
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Peter is still referencing the scoffers who deny the Lord is still coming. It is these scoffers who deny the universal flood. They deny that God is a God of judgment who used the flood to judge the ungodly. The world that existed before the flood, being filled with violence, Genesis 7-8, was destroyed, flooded with water.
There are countless scoffers today who deny the flood. They don’t want a God who can bring judgment upon the world so they deny the flood itself. They call it a “flood theory” and those who believe in a world-wide flood are known to be extremists. Since “extremists” carries a negative connotation no one wants to be held in that category. I know this because I was at a seminar where this was presented and that is how it was presented. I was a creationist-extremist believing in a six day creation and a universal flood.
Let’s go back to the authority of the Bible and the authority of the writings of Peter, Paul, James and John. If these men knew that their writings were as authoritative as the rest of the scriptures and of the prophets then either Peter was telling a lie here about the flood or God truly did inspire him to write about an event that God knows did really happen. If God sent a world-wide flood to bring His judgment on a culture fully given to violence and perversion, and spared Noah and his family by His grace, and promises to judge the world one more time for their sin against Him, we should take notice and walk in righteousness with Him. The point is that God judged the whole earth for the sin of the people living on it and will do so again. Let’s not debate whether the flood happened, Peter thinks it did, but let’s dwell upon the cause of the flood and walk in a healthy fear of God today.
Our Wednesday night prayer and Bible study times are such an encouragement. It is truly a joy to gather with God’s people and seek His face and His counsel together.
Think through our church family and ask the Lord whom He knows needs prayer today. When He brings people to mind, stop and pray for them throughout the day.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS