Textbook: Understand the purpose and teachings of 2 Peter (Ch.23, Encountering the New Testament).
*There are basically 4 areas of concern covered by this short letter: sanctification, Scripture, warnings against false teachers, and the end of the age.
*Simon Peter begins with encouraging the believers to go forward, not backward in their Christian lives by listing the virtues that will promote growth—faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
- *He wants to reassure them of what God has promised through the prophets,, spoke through his word, and taught through his apostles is true. Prophecy is not human invention but from God & not to twist the Scriptures.
- *Similar to the Book of Jude, Peter warns of the false teachers & doctrines that will arise some day and that there will be people who will turn their backs on God’s commandments (they will be false, destructive, shameful, greedy, arrogant, blasphemous, boastful, and sinful), but God knows how to rescue His people from this, they are called to turn to Him in renewed faith.
*Peter wants to clarify the nature of the end of the age. Explains why the coming of Christ has not yet occurred. Time is different for God, 1,000 years is as 1 day to us so the delay hasn’t been all that long for God. More than that, His waiting is a sign of His patience, wanting for all to come to repentance. Peter explains what the event will be like: It will be the fiery destruction of the existing cosmic order. Then He will replace this sinful world order with “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness”, which will endure throughout all of eternity.
*He concludes his survey of this topic w/the admonition to prepare for it by living blameless and spotless lives, at peace with God.