2nd Peter Theme
Second Peter teaches that the grace of God in Christ truly transforms and empowers Christians to live righteously, even in the face of opposition. This grace, introduced in 1:2–4, serves as the foundation for the remainder of the exhortations. The indwelling Holy Spirit (which characterizes Christians as “partakers of the divine nature”) produces virtuous “qualities” in followers of Christ, which in turn results in fruitful lives.
Peter writes this brief, final reminder to the churches so that his readers will by God’s grace live a life that is pleasing to God. In doing so, Peter must also combat the false teachers who were apparently exerting pressure on the churches to depart from the true knowledge of Christ. The false teaching is not only a theological challenge but also a moral one, holding forth some form of sexual permissiveness as a legitimate Christian lifestyle.
Introduction to 2nd Peter
2nd Peter Chapter 1 Verses 1-2
2nd Peter Chapter 1 Verses 3-15
2nd Peter Chapter 1 Verses 16-21
2nd Peter Chapter 2 Verses 1-12
2nd Peter Chapter 2 Verses 10-22
2nd Peter Chapter 3 Verses 1-18
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