The End Times – 2 Peter 3:1-18

Read the Passage: 2 Peter 3:1-18

Knowledge (3:1–9)

Peter begins this chapter by referring to his first letter to the churches of Asia Minor, which we know as 1 Peter. That epistle, along with the current one, was written in order to “stir up your pure minds by way of reminder” (2 Pet. 3:1; cf. 1:13; 2 Tim. 1:6; Heb. 10:24). That which Peter wanted to remind his readers of was “the words which were spoken by the holy prophets” (2 Pet. 3:2). Recall that Peter had earlier mentioned the prophecies written by “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21). Continue reading The End Times – 2 Peter 3:1-18

False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:1-22

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False Teachers’ Presence (2:1–3)

In 2 Pet. 1:21 Peter had noted that in times past “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” In continuing his teaching, in 2 Pet. 2:1 the apostle notes that “there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you” (cf. Acts 20:29–30). By way of overview of the false teachers’ methodology, Peter notes here that false teachers “secretly bring in destructive heresies” (2 Pet. 2:1a). Ultimately, however, false teaching is rooted in “denying the Lord” (2 Pet. 2:1b). Continue reading False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:1-22

Authority of Scripture – 2 Peter 1:12–21

Read the Passage: 2 Peter 1:12-21

Death of Peter (1:12–15)

Peter begins this section with the phrase “For this reason” (2 Pet. 1:12). The reason that he is referencing is the sanctification of his readers (cf. 2 Pet. 1:10–11). In other words, the apostle is saying that because of his desire for his readers’ spiritual growth he wants to remind them of their duty to pursue Christ that they may be “established in the present truth” (2 Pet. 1:12). Note that the term “stir up” that appears in 2 Pet. 1:13 literally refers to waking up one’s mind to action. Continue reading Authority of Scripture – 2 Peter 1:12–21

Introduction to 2 Peter – 2 Peter 1:1–11

Read the Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11

Authorship and Date – The book of 2 Peter is one of the general epistles and was written by the apostle Peter (cf. 2 Pet. 1:1), also known as Cephas and formerly as Simon, who was the leader of the apostles. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman from Bethsaida (cf. Matt. 16:17), who was brought to Christ by his brother Andrew (cf. John 1:40–42). Peter was married and his wife apparently accompanied him on ministry excursions (cf. Mark 1:30; 1 Cor. 9:5). Continue reading Introduction to 2 Peter – 2 Peter 1:1–11