Behold, I Am Making All Things Renewed EGP Blog post from November 26, 2012

2 Peter 3:10–13 ()

[10] But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. [11] 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, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! [13] But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3:10a Lit the works in it
2 Peter 3:10b Two early mss read discovered

The word translated “destroyed” (λυω [], luo, pronounced loo’-o) is the same word translated “loosed”, so symbolically here “released from bondage”. In it talks about “burning,” which in the Greek is the word “puroo” (πυροω [], poo-ro’-o), where we get our word “pure” as in “purified by fire.”

You may be asking “what about the new heaven and earth?” The word translated “new” here is “kainos” (καινος [], kahee-nos’) and literally means, “renewed, refreshed, or restored.” It seems “kainos” could be split into two parts, “kaio” (καιω [], kah’-yo, “to set on fire”) and “neos” (νεος [], neh’-os, “new”), to give you “made new by fire.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 ()

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a [renewed] creature; the old things passed away; behold, [renewed] things have come.

Revelation 21:5 ()

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I Am making all things [renewed].” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

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