3:7 by the same word. The same divine word that created the world and brought judgment at the Flood. Whether manifested by water or fire, the role of God’s all-powerful word in creation, in the Flood, and in final judgment is stressed.
stored up for fire. Sodom and Gomorrah serve for Peter as a paradigm of final fiery judgment (2:6). Although this picture of a universal inferno at the last judgment is unique to Peter, the idea of divine judgment by fire is common in the Old Testament (e.g., Deut. 32:22; Is. 66:15, 16; Mal. 4:1) and is found in the New Testament as well (e.g., Matt. 3:12; 1 Cor. 3:13; 2 Thess. 1:7, 8).