2 Peter -- A Foundation of Faith in Turbulent Times
“The Sufficiency and Security of God’s Promise”
- Stand firm in what you have learned because it is sufficient (1:1-21).
- You have already obtained the faith and knowledge you need (1-2).
- God has given you everything you need to live a godly life (3-4).
- So grow in virtue in order to grow in faith (5-9).
- Be diligent so you will not stumble but will inherit the kingdom (10-11).
- Peter will continue to remind them of these things (12-15).
- They were eyewitnesses of Jesus (16-18).
- They have the prophetic message given by the Spirit of God (19-21).
- False teachers and their new ideas not based in knowledge cannot shake what is sufficient (2:1-22).
- False teachers, who are condemned, will arise without knowledge of Jesus (1-3).
- Scripture teaches that God will rescue the godly while punishing the unrighteous (4-10a).
- The false teachers are a threat, but God will judge them (10b-16).
- The false teachers are worse off now than before they came to know Christ (17-22).
- God’s promise is secure; wait diligently for its fulfillment (3:1-18).
- The word of God is secure; the word of scoffers, who question the coming of Christ, is not (1-7).
- Judgment will come; the Lord keeps his word [promise] (8-10).
- There, be holy, as you await the new heaven and new earth (11-13).
- Be diligent and patient in holiness (14-16).
- Be on guard, and grow in grace (17-18).
- The believers’ faith proceeds by knowledge; the false teachers’ approach is false because it does not proceed from knowledge (cf. 1:2 and 2:1; denying the Lord).
- God’s “word” and “promise” are used interchangeably throughout this letter (esp ch 3).
- The false teachers, in the second half of chapter two, are used as an example of God’s judgment.
- There is an emphasis on the received tradition (teaching; eyewitnesses; prophetic word) as sufficient and secure; this is against the false teachers who innovate and fabricate.